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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team bounced back in a huge way Sunday following their tough, physical matchup with Colorado Mesa a day prior to win 12-5 over the Argonauts of Notre Dame de Namur.
It was a slow first quarter with goals tough to come by. Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) was the lone Poet to find the back of the net coming at the 13:38 mark on the Poets first possession being fed by Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.).
In the second the offense started to click on both sides with a combined seven goals being added. Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) and Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO) went back to back to open things up extending the Poets lead to 3-0. Pieris would then add his second of the game soon after that made the score 4-1 and freshman Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) would end the scoring in the frame that gave WC a 5-3 lead into the break.
In the second half, it was all Whittier as they outscored the Argonauts 7-2 with four coming in the third frame that stretched the lead. NDNU added the first out of the break to cut the deficit to one but it would be all Whittier from there as Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.), Angileri, and Hernandez would go back to back to back that moved the score to 8-4.
In the fourth they continued to roll with Conner Sexton (San Jose, Calif.) adding his first of the game and was followed by Angileri who completed the hat trick. Freshman Evan Price (San Diego, Calif.) then got into the scoring category soon after and Sexton would cap off the game with under a minute to play with a top shelf connection that put a staple on the victory.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) picked up the win finishing with seven saves against 11 shots. Angileri put together an impressive stat line with three goals on four shots with six groundballs and three caused turnovers. Pieris added a couple goals and an assist with four groundballs, while Burley registered a goal, two assists, five groundballs and four caused turnovers.
On faceoffs, freshman Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) was 10-17. Whittier picked up 49 groundballs for the game and was a perfect 12-12 on clears, while taking 54 shots for the game.
Whittier has an extended break and will return to competition in March as they travel to Texas to take on the Milwaukee School of Engineering (March 3 @ 2:00pm) and Southwestern University (March 5 @ 10:00am).