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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team picked up their biggest win on the season Saturday afternoon as they came away with an upset win over No. 19 Loyola Marymount 13-9 on the road.
The win capped off a 2-0 day as the Purple & Gold edged the University of Redlands 6-4 in the morning at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center. LMU came into the match-up ranked No. 19 in the Varsity Top 20 polls by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).
The Poets extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 6-7 and a perfect 4-0 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action.
Whittier found themselves in a tough spot after the first eight minutes being outscored 4-1 with the lone score coming from Justin Contreras (Hacienda Heights, Calif.). In the second the momentum swung with the Purple & Gold as they turned the tables on the Lions outscoring them 5-1 to take a 6-5 lead into the break.
Tallies during the period came from Ryan Flores (Whittier, Calif.) followed by four straight from Aidan Tol (Tustin, Calif.), Youssef Zaaza (Northridge, Calif.), Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.), and Contreras.
Out of the break, Whittier wasted little time as they continued where they left off holding the edge at 4-2 with connections coming from Heredia Viteri and Marc-Andre Roy (Montreal, Canada). This moved the score to 10-7 and WC would roll from there outscoring the Lions 3-2 in the final period as Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden), Tol, and Heredia Viteri would put the game away with three strikes.
Andrew Wettstead (Fresno, Calif.) put together the best game of his career playing all 32:00 finishing with seven saves and four steals in his first win on the season. For the game the Poets outshot LMU 34-26 and was 3-4 on power-plays, while forcing 19 turnovers.
On offense Zdolsek finished with a goal and an assist with four steals. Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.) chipped in with three assists and two steals, while Toby Chung (La Canada, Calif.) was sensational on defense adding four steals himself.
Whittier returns to conference action this Wednesday, October 4 when they host Chapman University beginning at 7:00pm before taking part in the Gary Troyer Tournament over the weekend.