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AURORA, IL – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team saw their five game winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon as they fell for the second time this season to Aurora University 12-8 at Vago Field.
The previous time these two teams met at Memorial Stadium back on March 11, the Spartans would come out on top 14-6.
With the loss the Poets drop to 8-3, while Aurora improves to 9-2.
The Spartans got onto the scoreboard just eight seconds into the first quarter and would get their second right afterwards. Whittier would battle to tie the game up at 2-2 on their next two possessions both coming from Jonathan Kassity (San Clemente, Calif.) being fed by Maxwell Jones (Fircrest, WA) but Aurora would finish off the frame with three unanswered that moved the score to 5-2.
AU picked up right where they left off in the second adding two straight from Matt Sammarco and would add a third with 3:52 to play in the half making the score 8-3. Whittier scored once in the period coming from Aaron Self (San Clemente, Calif.) again being fed by Jones.
In the third, Matt Symes (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) would try and keep the game close with an unassisted goal on the Poets first possession out of the half cutting the deficit to four but AU would close out the period with two of their own stretching their lead back to six.
In the fourth, Whittier found their offense outscoring the Spartans 4-2 in the 15:00 period. Jones and Kassity would combo for the first three strikes in the frame, with Ian Leek (Valley Center, Calif.) assisting on two of them. Self would add his second of the game at the 6:21 mark that pulled Whittier within three but that would be the last goal added by WC as AU would hold on for the victory.
Kassity finished with three goals for the game. Jones had two goals and three assists and Self registered two goals. Scott Pescheret (Eagan, MN) picked up six groundballs and was 12-21 on faceoffs.
Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) picked up the loss in goal playing 42:00 collecting four saves against 14 shots. Whittier was outshot 34-33 and was 0-3 on man-up opportunities. WC picked up 28 groundballs and was 11-24 on faceoffs.
Whittier returns home tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 12 as they host Chapman University in an exhibition game beginning at 7:00pm.