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GEORGETOWN, TX – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team opened up their trip to Georgetown, TX Friday as they took out the Milwaukee School of Engineering 12-9 to improve to 2-1.
Freshman Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO) got the scoring started for the Purple & Gold with an unassisted goal ten seconds into the game. Nick Hernandez (La Mesa, Calif.) broke a 1-1 tie with 10:40 to play in the first quarter with another unassisted goal but MSOE would come storming back with three straight that put them on top 4-2.
Clay would find the back of the goal for the second time that broke the run that pulled WC within one and Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) would connect with the equalizer at the 1:24 mark that deadlocked the game at 4-4.
Whittier was outscored 2-1 in the second quarter and trailed 6-5 at the break with Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.) this time finding the back of the goal.
Out of the break, the Poets came out firing on all cylinders outscoring the Engineers 7-3 in the second half. Pieris struck first on Whittier's first possession and Clay sparked a 3-0 run soon after joined by Nick Angileri (San Jose, Calif.) and Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) that turned the momentum giving WC a lead 9-7.
MSOE tied things up capitalizing on a man-up on their first possession of the final stanza but that would be the final tally added by them as Whittier's lock down defense would hold them scoreless over the final 14:00. During this time the Poets were able to add three themselves from Conner Sexton (San Jose, Calif.), Max Kaufman (West Hartford, CT) and Pieris that proved enough for the win.
Pieris led the Purple & Gold with three goals with five groundballs. Clay totaled three goals on five shots and Angileri would register a goal, four groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) played all 60:00 and picked up 11 saves against 20 shots, while Cooper Champagne was 15-20 on faceoffs. Whittier outshot MSOE 44-26 was 20-24 on clear attempts and picked up 48 groundballs.
Whittier wraps up their trip on Sunday, March 5 as they take on Southwestern University beginning at 10:00am.