Poet offense held in check; Drop 3-1 decision to Elizabethtown
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team dropped their first decision on spring break having their offense held in check losing 3-1 to Elizabethtown despite leading in almost every statistical category.
Whittier drops to 5-2, while Elizabethtown improves to 5-3.
As the beginning of the game got underway, it was evident that goals would come to be hard to get throughout the contest. Whittier who was coming off a come from behind victory over Swarthmore two days earlier found it very difficult to get any offense going against the pressure defense put on by the Blue Jays.
This was the lowest scoring game for both teams this season and was the lowest number of combined goals in Elizabethtown history.
Despite outshooting the Blue Jays 16-2 in the final 15 minutes, the Poets were unable to find the back of the goal as Brendan Corcoran was perfect against all nine shots on goal in making 16 saves for Elizabethtown.
Senior Robert Bazlen despite only having six saves had yet again another impressive game holding the Blue Jays scoreless in the first quarter. In the first quarter both teams remained patient waiting for the opportune time to score but Whittier was the only team who was able to connect as Eric Omri finished off a pass from Tommy Andrews with just 12 seconds remaining to give the Poets their only goal and ultimately their only lead of the contest.
In the second, the Poets continued to play tough on the defensive side of the ball but saw the Blue Jays tie up the game at the 12:53 mark thanks to a Sean O'Neil goal and then take the lead with 2:07 to go to take a 2-1 lead into the half.
Coming out in the third frame both teams remained scoreless as a combined eleven shots were taken but in the final quarter senior Sam Russell and freshman Foster Cunningham made up for that as they began unleashing on the goal as they both combined for 18 shots themselves in the game. But as hard as Russell and Cunningham tried they were unable to add another score to the Poet total and saw Elizabethtown add an insurance goal that put them on top 3-1 with just under eight minutes to play.
Whittier who came into the contest having scored ten or more goals in 4 of their 6 contests was held 10.5 goals below their 11.5 average.
The Poets finished with 36 shots compared to the Blue Jays 16 and was 0-6 on man up situations that proved to be a confounding factor in the final outcome.
The Purple & Gold look to bounce back as they take on Messiah on Thursday, March 29.