Men’s Lacrosse Makes History; Beats Dubuque 19-4

Men’s Lacrosse Makes History; Beats Dubuque 19-4

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team made history over the weekend picking up their 13th win on the season following a lopsided 19-4 victory over the University of Dubuque.

The Purple & Gold improve to 13-1 on the season, have won seven in a row and have now set the single season record for wins.  The most wins prior were set by the 2002 team who finished 11-2, which included a 10-1 mark in regular season play. 

Whittier jumped out in front with a quick three goals in the opening six minutes and thirty seconds from Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA) and Nick Brisbee (Lake Oswego, OR).  The Spartans got one back at the 7:59 mark but after that it was all Whittier holding Dubuque scoreless over the next 25:00 minutes, which included two shut outs in the second and third quarters. 

Ending the first period Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) added three goals and Jacobs and Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) tacked on another two that gave WC an early 8-1 advantage.

In the second the Poets outscored the Spartans 4-0 coming from four different players (Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ), Daniel Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jacobs, and Chandler Badon (Portland, OR)) and then provided a shutout in the third, while adding another four strikes this time from Jacobs, Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO), and Brisbee.  This moved the score to 16-1 and Whittier would cruise from there adding three more in the fourth from Shaffer, Jacobs, and Badon that put the game out of reach.

Whittier outshot Dubuque 63-17, won the advantage on the ground 55-23, was 20-for-23 on clear attempts and was 2-for-5 on man-ups.  On the face-offs Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) was 15-for-18 with 13 groundballs and made way for freshman Cole Irie (Berkeley, Calif.) who was a perfect 7-for-7.

Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) played the first half and finished with five saves against six shots.  Austin Mann (Santa Ana, Calif.) played the second half and added two saves against five shots. 

Heritage finished with three goals, three assists, and three groundballs.  Jacobs had a big day with six goals and an assist along with four pick-ups and two caused turnovers and Shaffer finished with two goals, three assists and six groundballs. 

Defensively, the Purple & Gold were tough forcing 26 turnovers with three coming from Max Bragdon (Denver, CO), Jacob Berggren (Tualatin, OR) and Ryan Crawford (San Clemente, Calif.).               

Whittier travels again this weekend to wrap up their 2019 regular season.  They begin with a match-up against Wooster (April 11) and then will take on Denison (April 13).