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Poets pick up 11-8 road win over Kingsmen

Poets pick up 11-8 road win over Kingsmen

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team pulled off a huge road win Saturday beating Cal Lutheran 11-8 to complete the sweep over the Kingsmen on the year.

The Purple & Gold have now won five of their last six, improve to 12-11 and remain perfect in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play at 8-0.

Sophomore Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) set the tone for the Poets with a power-play connection two minutes into the game.  CLU though responded with back to back tallies at the 4:44 mark and then with :20 seconds to play in the quarter that gave them a 2-1 advantage.

In the 2nd quarter it was all Whittier outscoring the Kingsmen 6-1.  Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) started the run off and was followed by Dominick Nevarez (Norwalk, Calif.) and Borunda collecting 6-on-5 tallies and Nevarez converting a 5-meter.  Nevarez continued to make his presence felt after that as he added another two even goals giving WC a 7-3 at the break.

Out of the half Kaan Hamurculu (Istanbul, Turkey) collected his first goal of the game stretching the lead to 8-4.  But after that CLU bounced back with three of the next four that got them within three.  Borunda added Whittier's second 5-meter of the day during the run.  In the 4th it was a defensive battle with both teams adding two goals a piece as Heredia Viteri secured the win with both tallies.

Dylan Woodhouse (Harare, Zimbabwe) got the start between the posts and once again collected the win as he played all 32:00 minutes with nine saves and two steals. He is now 3-1 over his last four starts. 

Nevarez had a big day finishing with four goals, two assists and a steal.  Heredia Viteri and Borunda each added three goals, an assist and a steal and Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) despite being held scoreless totaled four steals. 

Whittier remains on the road next Saturday, November 2 when they travel to take on Caltech (11:00am) and Occidental College (3:00pm).