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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Tigers of Colorado College spoiled the Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team's senior day Saturday as they used nine unanswered to come away with the 13-8 victory at Memorial Stadium.
In one of two match-ups in two weeks between the two West Coast programs, the Tigers used a big second half to come away with the victory, which has NCAA Division III Playoff Implications on the line.
With the loss the Poets drop to 8-4 and have now lost seven in a row to their West Region Rivals.
CC opened up the game with back to back goals until Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) would stop the run at the 4:26 mark with an unassisted strike.
Jonathan Kassity (San Clemente, Calif.) and Aaron Self (San Clemente, Calif.) would combo to outscore CC 2-1 in the second quarter to pull within one at 4-3 at the break. Kassity and Matt Symes (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) would open up the second half with two goals that gave them a 5-4 lead, the first of the game but it would be short-lived as Colorado College would roll with nine straight giving them a 13-5 advantage.
Whittier won 13 of 25 faceoffs on the evening but were outshot 50-38, while losing in the groundball category 31-27.
Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) and Maxwell Jones (Fircrest, WA) would add the final three goals of the game to pull the Purple & Gold within five but it would be too late as CC would hold on for the big road victory.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) finished the game with 12 saves with seven coming in the first half that kept the game close.
The Poets will battle CC for possession of the Locker-Stabler Cup this Saturday night, April 30 at Washburn Field beginning at 6:00pm.
The Locker-Stabler Cup was instituted in 2011 to honor the school's former coaches - CC's Doc Stabler and Whittier's Doug Locker - who helped bring Division III lacrosse to the West Region of the United States.