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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team saw their four game winning streak snapped Thursday afternoon as the Engineers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute win 16-9 at Memorial Stadium.
RPI, a tough match-up every year proved tough once again using a big second quarter to pull away en route to the lopsided victory.
Jake Weidner and Chris Burley (San Diego, Calif.) swapped goals early that deadlocked the game at 1-1. CJ Kigar and Ashton Pieris (Burien, WA) would connect soon after that again tied things up at 2-2 but over the final 2:45 it was all Engineers as they would rattle off three unanswered, while capitalizing on a man-up that moved the score to 5-2.
Pieris was the lone Poet scorer in the second stanza as Whittier would be outscored 5-1 in the frame that extended the lead to 10-3.
Burley and Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO) opened up the third quarter with a couple strikes trying to get the Purple & Gold back into the game. This cut the deficit to six but again RPI would go on a 3-2 run over the final 9:10 sparked by a man-up goal that kept the margin at seven.
A man-up goal by Breanainn McNeally who then assisted the second right after would give RPI a 16-7 lead with 6:01 to play. Burley and Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) would add the final two scores of the game but they wouldn't be enough as the Engineers would roll to the seven goal victory.
Burley led the Poets with three goals on five shots with four groundballs. Pieris finished with three goals, while Max Thiele (San Diego, Calif.) totaled four caused turnovers on the defensive side.
Whittier was outshot 47-29 and picked up 22 groundballs. The Poets were also 13-18 on clear attempts, was 12-29 on faceoffs and was 0-1 on man-ups.
Whittier remains at home this Sunday, March 19 as they wrap up their Spring Break schedule hosting Union beginning at 4:00pm.