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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team will have to wait another year to have an opportunity to regain the coveted Locker-Stabler Cup as they fell in their season finale to the Tigers of Colorado College13-9 at Washburn Field.
Whittier ends their 2016 regular season 8-5 and after Saturday's loss to Colorado College has now lost nine consecutive match-ups against the Tigers and are now 0-6 against CC in cup games since the traveling trophy was instituted in 2011.
Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) scored a minute into the contest on the Poets first possession getting fed by Aaron Self (San Clemente, Calif.) but CC would go on an ensuing 4-0 run that covered two minutes into the second quarter giving them a 4-1 advantage.
Matt Symes (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) stopped the run with a goal at the 7:30 mark going top shelf on a wrister that cut the deficit in half but that's as close as Whittier would get as CC would rattle off four straight to close out the half moving the score to 8-2.
Eric Neumeyer added a quick strike out of intermission pushing the Tiger lead to 9-2. Symes would again end the run this time with an unassisted goal before Maxwell Jones (Fircrest, WA) got into the scoring category with 9:22 to play in the third quarter. With under a minute to play, Whittier earned a man-up opportunity and they made the most of it as Symes would again connect with his third of the game pulling Whittier within seven.
The Purple & Gold outscored the Tigers 4-1 in the final 15:00 with Jones scoring twice, Symes adding his fourth of the contest and Jonathan Kassity (San Clemente, Calif.) adding another man-up goal with :41 seconds to play but the run wouldn't be enough as Whittier would fall 13-9.
Symes finished with four goals on six shots. Jones had three and Hernandez registered a goal and three assists. Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) picked up a team high four groundballs and caused two turnovers, while Randy Lukas (Massapequa, NY) caused four turnovers and picked up two groundballs.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) played between the posts and finished with five saves against 14 shots in thirty-one minutes of action.
The Tigers finished with a 46-33 advantage in total shots, while Whittier held a 31-28 edge in ground balls.
Whittier awaits to see if they earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships, which will be announced next Sunday, May 8.