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WOOSTER, Ohio – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team saw their seven game winning streak come to an end Friday in a 17-11 loss to the College of Wooster.
It was the second straight week the Purple & Gold have traveled as they suffer their second loss on the season dropping to 13-2. They were a perfect 8-0 at home and now 5-2 on the road.
The opening quarter set the tone for the game as the Fighting Scots outscored the Poets 7-2. Wooster opened up the scoring with two quick goals until Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) converted a man-up opportunity at the 11:40 mark. The Scots though would counter with three straight after that to extend their lead to 5-1. Freshman Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA) found the back of the goal to stop the run with under 3:00 minutes to play but again the Fighting Scots were able to respond with two to end the period.
In the second it was a different story with the Poets outscoring Wooster 4-1 to get back within striking distance. Jacobs and Miles Moscato (Lake Oswego, OR) went back to back to cut the deficit to three over the opening four minutes and Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) and Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) ended the half with a pair that made the score 8-6.
Out of the break the offense continued to roll with a combined seven goals being added, which included Wooster holding a slight 4-3 advantage taking a 12-9 lead into the final frame. In the third Wooster started off with three of the first four goals but saw Dooney complete the hat trick for the Purple & Gold.
In the 4th, the Scots added the first two goals to extend the lead to 14-9 and then used them to complete an opening 4-1 spurt giving them a six goal advantage. Dooney was able to add his fifth of the game but it couldn't spark a comeback as Whittier fell on the road.
Whittier was outshot on the game 49-39 but picked up 41 groundballs, was 23-for-31 on clear attempts and 1-for-4 on man-up opportunities. They were 19-for-30 on faceoffs, which included Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) going 18-for-28 with eight groundballs.
Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) played all 60:00 minutes and finished with 15 saves against 32 shots. Dooney finished with five goals and Jacobs and Shaffer each added two. On defense, Ryan Crawford (San Clemente, Calif.) had his breakout game of his career finishing with five caused turnovers and 11 groundballs. Blake Baldocchi (Portland, OR) and Guss Simpson (Seattle, WA) each added four groundballs apiece.
Whittier ends their 2019 regular season schedule tomorrow, Saturday, April 13 when they take on Denison University.