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Defense holds tough in 12-7 win over Kingsmen

Defense holds tough in 12-7 win over Kingsmen

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team held tough on the defensive end Thursday afternoon at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center as they rolled Cal Lutheran University 12-7.

With the win the Poets have won two in a row and improve to 10-11, 5-3 SCIAC and currently sit 4th in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.

The Purple & Gold shutout the Kingsmen 4-0 over the first eight minutes with help from Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.), Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) and Kalani Fouts (Capitola, Calif.).  In the early stages of the second quarter CLU was able to break the run but saw WC add another two from Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) and Borunda that moved the score to 6-2 at the break.

The defensive unit stood strong once again in the third quarter keeping Cal Lutheran scoreless, while Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) came alive with two and Borunda with another that stretched the lead to 9-2.

Over the final eight minutes, CLU made one final push putting up five goals but it wouldn't be enough as Borunda, Tyler Chung (La Canada, Calif.), and Andrew Valencia (La Mirada, Calif.) would put the game out of reach with connections.

Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played all 32:00 minutes picking up the win and finished with nine saves. 

Whittier outshot Cal Lutheran 29-27 and was 1-for-6 on power plays.  Borunda led the offense with four goals and an assist and Zdolsek and Heredia Viteri each added two. 

Whittier has the weekend off before returning to competition next Wednesday, October 24 against Caltech on the road beginning at 4:00pm.