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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team saw their winning streak end at two games Saturday morning as they were stunned on the road 11-10 to Claremont-M-S.
The game came down to the final three seconds that broke the 10-10 tie at Axelrood Pool. Whittier had a look to go-ahead with a 10-second differential between the shot clock and game clock in the fourth quarter. But they would end up turning the ball over, while picking up a foul that gave CMS man-up opportunity. On their final possession, the Stags worked the ball around the perimeter before having it land with William Clark on the right side of the pool. The exclusion ended with six seconds left but Clark waited patiently for his opening before ripping a shot into the top left corner with just three seconds remaining in the game.
The Purple & Gold got out to an early 2-1 lead in the first quarter with connections from Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden). In the second both teams added three goals a piece with the Poets holding a 5-4 advantage at the break. Over the eight minutes Zdolsek, Ricardo Reyes Jr. (Commerce, Calif.), and Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) would tack on goals.
Out of the half CMS found their offense outscoring Whittier 4-2 to swing the momentum, while taking an 8-7 lead. Heredia Viteri deadlocked the game to open the final quarter. The Stags regained the lead soon after but saw WC swing it right back with Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) converting a power-play goal and Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) tacking on his first of the game giving Whittier a 10-9 lead with under two minutes to play.
But this lead was short-lived as Zach Rossman would convert a power-play goal that tied things for CMS making way for the game-winner from Clark.
Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played all 32:00 minutes and finished with eight saves. Whittier outshot CMS 36-28 and was a mere 1-for-11 on power-play opportunities.
Whittier has a big home game this Wednesday, October 3 when they welcome in Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.