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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team saw their Senior Day spoiled Saturday as the Tigers of Colorado College pulled off the 15-8 victory in the Division III West Showdown.
Prior to the game, the Purple & Gold recognized their seven seniors, which included Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT), Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.), Max Thiele (San Diego, Calif.), Conner Sexton (San Jose, Calif.), Sigi Ocker (San Francisco, Calif.), Tyler Coleman (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and Ryan Marchand (San Diego, Calif.).
With the loss the Poets drop to 4-5, while Colorado College improves to 10-1.
Whittier got off to a hot start opening the game with three unanswered from Connor Dee (Collegeville, PA) and Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA). But the Tigers were able to rebound quickly with four straight, three of which came from Robbie Stern to end the quarter to take a 4-3 lead.
Colorado College opened up the second quarter with a man-down goal to extend their lead. Heritage stopped the run with his second of the contest at the 12:46 mark to cut the deficit to one. But that's as close as Whittier would get as CC would rattle off a run of eight in a row, which spanned through the third quarter moving the score to 13-4.
In the fourth, WC put together a valiant comeback outscoring the Tigers 4-2 over the 15:00 minutes, getting tallies from Dee and Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.). But the push wasn't enough as Whittier would run out of time falling 15-8.
Cramer had a game for the Purple & Gold putting up 21 saves against 36 shots. He also added three groundballs.
Dee led the offense with five goals on eight shots and Heritage added two. Champagne led the faceoff unit going 7-for-20 with seven groundballs and a goal. Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) on the defensive end totaled three caused turnovers and five groundballs and Sexton finished with two assists and three groundballs.
Whittier was outshot on the game 54-27, were 7-for-12 on clear attempts, 1-for-6 on man-up opportunities, and picked up 31 groundballs.
Colorado College will play host to Whittier on Saturday, April 28, in the annual battle for the Locker-Stabler Cup.
Whittier begins a road trip this weekend, April 13 & 15 when they take on Illinois Wesleyan (April 13) and Aurora (April 15).