Poets drop season finale to Colorado College 11-6; Can’t regain Locker-Stabler Cup
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – The Whittier College men's lacrosse team wrapped up their 2011-12 season with an 11-6 loss to Colorado College marking the second straight year they have lost the Locker-Stabler Cup showdown.
The Locker-Stabler Cup was created to honor legendary coaches Doug Locker and Doc Stabler who helped bring lacrosse to the West Coast. The game was the second meeting between the two programs since 2008. Whittier became an NCAA program in 2000 and is now 5-4 against Colorado College since that point.
Whittier finishes the season 6-5, while Colorado College finishes 12-3.
In a game that featured two of the country's most prolific scoring teams, Colorado was able to pull away late to claim the 11-6 victory.
Tiger attackman Moses Taylor struck for five goals in the second half that fueled a 7-2 run after the Poets had pulled within one at 4-3 early in the third quarter on the first of three goals by senior midfielder Sam Russell.
Whittier took an early lead on a man-up situation by sophomore midfielder Hunter Hall and added a second when senior attacker Daniel McQuade scored with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter. In the second Colorado made their comeback rattling off three unanswered to gain their first lead of the contest going into the break up 3-2.
Coming out in the third Colorado's Henri Halle capitalized on a man up situation to extend their lead to 4-2 but saw Russell come down a minute later to pull the Poets within one the closest deficit they would see for the rest of the game.
Whittier fought and pulled within three at the 8:09 mark in the fourth after an unassisted goal from Russell but the Tigers tacked on three of the last four goals to claim the five goal win.
Senior Robert Bazlen made nine of his 13 saves during the first half. He also caused a pair of turnovers and led the Poets with six ground balls.