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ANNVILLE, PA – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team ended their trip to Pennsylvania Monday holding off Lebanon Valley 14-9.
The Purple & Gold end their small trip going 1-1 and improve to 7-1.
The first quarter was deadlocked at 2-2 with the Poets getting goals from Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) and Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA). In the second Whittier created some space outscoring the Dutchmen 3-0 thanks to Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.), Miles Moscato (Lake Oswego, OR), and Jacobs taking a 5-2 lead into the break.
Lebanon Valley cut the deficit to two with the first goal in the second half but after that Whittier went on a 3-0 run behind tallies from Guss Simpson (Seattle, WA), Jacobs, and Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA), moving the score to 8-3. Over the final 8:00 minutes of the third, the Dutchmen were able to tack on two that moved them within four and then added the first connection in the fourth that got them within three. But that's as close as they would get as Whittier' Heritage, and Dooney would add insurance that pushed the lead to 12-6.
The Dutchmen made one final push over the final 6:30 outscoring WC 3-2 but couldn't complete the comeback falling 14-9. The final two goals for WC came from Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) and Daniel Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) played all 60:00 minutes and added six saves against 15 shots. He also had five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Whittier was outshot by Lebanon Valley 35-33 but controlled the face-offs going 21-for-26. They picked up 45 groundballs and were 18-for-22 on clear attempts.
Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) paced the Poets in the circle going 21-for-26 on face-offs with 11 groundballs. Heritage finished with four goals and Jacobs added three tallies and two assists. Dooney added two goals and two dimes and Shaffer registered a one goal, three assist effort. Ryan Crawford (San Clemente, Calif.) was big on the defensive end finishing with six groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Whittier returns home to host Marian tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20 with game time set for 4:30pm.