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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team handed Chapman University their first loss of 2016 Tuesday evening as they held on for the 12-11 victory at Memorial Stadium.
Chapman came into the contest the No. 1 ranked Club Lacrosse team in the country at 15-0 looking to try and top the NCAA Division III Purple & Gold.
But Whittier was ready using four unanswered at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull off the victory.
Freshman Ian Leek (Valley Center, Calif.) started off the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 12:57 mark but CU would roll off three straight that put them in front 3-1. Leek and Harry Kemp (Hopewell, NJ) would stop the run with two of their own that tied things up but again the Panthers would add two more that ended the first 15:00 minute period.
WC controlled the second outscoring CU 3-1. Jonathan Kassity (San Clemente, Calif.) added his first of the game being fed by Maxwell Jones (Fircrest, WA) and Connor Sexton (San Jose, Calif.) and Jones would end the frame making the game deadlocked at six at intermission.
Austin Nader would put the Panthers on top 7-6 but Kassity would again find the back of the net for a second time that tied things up. CU would rally with another two that pushed the lead to two but Aaron Self (San Clemente, Calif.) would come down with under :30 seconds to play adding a dagger that kept the deficit at one.
Jones got the run started in the fourth and was followed by Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) that gave WC a one goal lead with 13:13 to play. The defense stood strong over the next eleven minutes until the Purple & Gold would get another two from Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) and Self.
The Poets would go on top by two 12-10 and despite CU adding two more to end the game it wouldn't be enough as Whittier would hold on for another big win at home.
Tyler Coleman (Placentia, Calif.) got the start and played all 60:00 between the posts and totaled six saves against 17 shots.
Whittier outshot Chapman 36-26 was 20-27 on faceoffs with Scott Pescheret (Eagan, MN) going 19-26 with 12 groundballs. Whittier collected 40 groundballs and was 8-9 on clear attempts.
Whittier has two games remaining on their schedule as they host Colorado College next Saturday, April 23 at 12:00pm in a big Division III showdown with playoff implications on the line.