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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team had a big weekend going 3-1 at the Gary Troyer Tournament with victories over Washington & Jefferson, Fordham, and Connecticut College, with their only loss coming against Concordia (CA) to end the two-day event.
With the three wins, the Purple & Gold improve to 7-10, 2-2 SCIAC.
Game 1 (Washington & Jefferson; W, 17-6)
The first game on the weekend was a nice warm-up for Whittier as they cruised past Washington & Jefferson. The Poets jumped all over the Presidents 5-2 after the first eight minute period, with all five goals coming from five different players. In the second, the Poets extended their lead, while holding W&J to just one goal as they led 9-3 at the break.
In the third, the offense continued to flow with WC tacking on another five strikes again coming from different players. Then in the fourth, Whittier put the game out of reach outscoring the Presidents 3-1.
12 different players found the back of the goal led by Andrew Valencia (La Mirada, Calif.) and Chad Portugal (La Habra Heights, Calif.) who each registered three goals apiece and a combined four steals, with Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) adding another two. Whittier outshot W&J 32-22 and was 2-for-5 on man-up opportunities.
Between the posts all three goalies on the Poet roster saw action with Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) playing the first half collecting seven saves and a steal. Trevor Seifen (Eastvale, Calif.) and Eliott Bergerson (Whittier, Calif.) would combine for four saves after that.
Game 2 (Fordham; W, 13-8)
Whittier had a much tougher match-up in the afternoon as they took on Fordham but again an early lead would prove crucial for the Purple & Gold as they would hold on for the 13-8 victory completing the sweep on day one.
The Poets and Fordham swapped goals early in the first but after that Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) and Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) would be able to go back to back to push the WC lead to 3-1. In the second, the Poets outscored the Rams 4-2 with Borunda adding another three tallies that pushed the advantage to 7-4 at the break.
In the 3rd, the Rams came out and found their offense outscoring Whittier 4-3 to cut the deficit to two. But that's as close as they would get as Heredia Viteri would go off down the stretch putting together his own run of four straight that secured the win.
Heredia Viteri put together a strong game with six goals, three assists and three steals, while Borunda added five goals and an assist.
Ersoz played all 32:00 minutes and collected nine saves and a steal.
Game 3 (Connecticut College; W, 20-5)
The Poets earned a rest to open day two of the invite rolling Connecticut College 20-5. Whittier opened up the game with a 6-0 shutout in the first quarter and kept it going in the second outscoring the Camels 5-1 to lead 11-1 at the break.
The score was extended in the third with Whittier again putting up a crooked number of seven tallies and then added two goals in the fourth that secured the lopsided victory.
Nine different players found the back of the net with Ricardo Reyes Jr. (Commerce, Calif.) leading the charge with five goals and a steal. Valencia and Kyle Aguilar (Corona, Calif.) tacked on three apiece, while Heredia Viteri, Quinn La Coursiere (Delray Beach, FL), and Portugal would each add two.
Again all three goalies saw action with Seifen earning the start and the win totaling four saves and a steal. Bergerson added two saves and Ersoz with one.
Game 4 (Concordia; L, 14-10)
Whittier looked to get a clean sweep at the Gary Troyer but couldn't complete it as they ran into a tough Concordia (CA) squad. They saw themselves trailing 4-3 after the first eight minute period and 7-6 at the break. Then in the third the Eagles stretched it as they outscored WC 3-1 before holding the advantage in the fourth 4-3 to take the win.
The Poets tied things up midway through the first with two goals from Zdolsek and Borunda but saw CUI come back with two to end the first period moving the score to 4-3.
In the second, Zdolsek got the opening connection that tied things up and Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) and Reyes Jr. would come back with another two that put Whittier on top 6-5 but again CUI would rally with two to end the frame giving them the edge by one.
Heredia Viteri was the lone scorer in the third period as Concordia moved the score to 10-7. Then in the fourth, despite Heredia Viteri, Borunda, and Zdolsek all finding the back of the goal it wouldn't be enough as Concordia managed to add another four tallies to pull off the win.
Zdolsek finished with three goals on the game and was joined by Heredia Viteri with two goals and an assist and a steal. Ersoz played all 32:00 minutes and collected four saves.
Whittier returns to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play this Wednesday, October 10 as they host Occidental College beginning at 7:00pm.