Poets win again; Beat Marian 20-5

Poets win again; Beat Marian 20-5

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. –The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team won again Wednesday afternoon beating Marian University 20-5 at Memorial Stadium.

The Purple & Gold have won six of seven games in the month of March improving to 8-1, while handing the Sabres their second loss on the season.

It was a high scoring affair for the Poets putting up 20 goals for the second time this season.  They are averaging 13.88 goals per game and currently holding opponents to a mere 9.05 goals against average. 

Whittier had a big first quarter and then ran away with the victory.  They shutout the Sabres over the opening eight minutes, while putting up eight goals with hat tricks coming from Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) and Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA).  The other two connections came from Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA), one which was on a man-up.

Marian got two back in the second from the Houlihan brothers Garrett and Connor, but couldn't keep it going as Guss Simpson (Seattle, WA) and Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.) would go back to back to end the first half giving WC a 10-2 lead at the break.

Chandler Badon (Portland, OR) kept the offense going out of the break with two tallies and was joined by Daniel Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) that extended the lead to 14-2.  Marian was able to add three of the next four goals to get within 11 but that's as close as they would get as the Purple & Gold would go on a 4-0 run to close out the game.  During this final spurt they added two man-up goals from Dooney and Shaffer, and a man down goal from Badon. 

Whittier outshot Marian 55-25, picked up 56 groundballs, and was 21-for-28 on faceoffs.  They were 4-for-6 on man-ups and was 18for-19 on clear attempts. 

In goal Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) picked up the win not allowing a goal, playing just 15:00 minutes.  He also added two saves.  Austin Mann (Santa Ana, Calif.) was the back-up playing the final 45:00 minutes and he finished with nine stops against 14 shots.  Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) led in the circle going 14-for-19 with nine groundballs.  Freshman Cole Irie (Berkeley, Calif.) was 7-for-9.

Dooney finished the game with four goals and two assists.  Badon added four goals and Heritage and Shaffer each added three apiece.  Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) was big on both ends adding a goal and two dimes with three groundballs and a caused turnover.  Max Bragdon (Denver, CO) added four groundballs and three caused turnovers and was joined by Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) with a three (groundballs) and three effort (caused turnovers).  But the standout on defense was Riley Filler (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) who was a beast with a career high seven caused turnovers and two groundballs.   

Whittier has a big Saturday this week, March 23 hosting both Johnson & Wales (12:00pm) and Elmhurst (7:00pm).