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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team remained perfect in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Wednesday afternoon as they held off Cal Lutheran University 10-7 at the Samuelson Aquatics Center.
The Purple & Gold acted as spoilers on the road as Kingsmen goalkeeper Nick Loomis broke the CLU Men's Water Polo career record for saves. He now has 655 total saves in his career, a record, which was previously held between 2004-07.
CLU got out in front with two quick goals, while Loomis broke the career saves record. But the Poets stopped the celebrating quickly as they would rattle off three unanswered with under two minutes to play from Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) and Justin Contreras (Hacienda Heights, Calif.). Contreras added back to back 5-meter penalties. This gave the Poets a 3-2 lead and they didn't look back as they came out in the second with four straight from Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.), Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.), Youssef Zaaza (Northridge, Calif.), and Marc-Andre Roy (Montreal, Canada). This moved the score to 7-2 before the Kingsmen would stop the bleeding with a last second goal heading into the break.
A combined three goals were scored in the third quarter as WC stretched their lead to 9-4. Both strikes came from Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden). The Kingsmen attempted to comeback outscoring the Purple & Gold 3-1 over the final eight minutes but it wouldn't be enough as the Poets held on for the three goal victory.
Zdolsek finished the game with two goals and an assist to go with four steals. Heredia Viteri added a goal and two assists with five steals and Contreras and Zaaza would each record two goals apiece.
Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) was back in goal and played all 32:00 collecting four saves and four steals in the win.
Whittier outshout Cal Lutheran 30-16 and was 1-4 on power-plays.
Whittier returns home this Saturday, October 14 as they host Caltech beginning at 11:00am.