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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team remains perfect on the season as they edged Wittenberg 13-12 in OT to improve to 5-0.
The Purple & Gold trailed by two with under two minutes to play but managed to tie things up on back to back possessions that forced extra time. Then in OT, Miles Moscato (Lake Oswego, OR) did work converting the golden goal top shelf off a feed from Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) that brought the Poet faithful to their feet.
Whittier started the game off with three unanswered from Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) and Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA). But over the final six minutes it was all Wittenberg adding three as well that tied things up. In the second quarter the defensive units stood strong but WC was able to grab a one-goal lead at the half with Jacobs converting his hat trick, and Heritage finding the back of the goal for the first time.
Out of the break the Tigers stormed back with three straight that put them on top for the first time at 7-5. Heritage was able to bulldog his way inside after that cutting the deficit to one and then fed Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO) soon after that deadlocked the game at 7-7.
Across the final 15:00 minutes a combined 10 goals were scored. Wittenberg struck first with Noah Moderwell connecting for a pair. Dooney was able to stop the run with an unassisted tally but again Wittenberg's Andrew Ellis was able to strike that stretched the lead back to two. Jacobs, who returned from injury for the game found the back of the goal for the fourth time at the 8:12 mark converting a man-up opportunity. Moderwell for the Tigers was able to add another on their next possession but after that it was all Purple & Gold outscoring Wittenberg 3-1 across the final five minutes.
Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) started the run off with an unassisted goal. Then trailing by two the Poets got one back from Daniel Ball (Los Angeles, Calif.) at the 1:51 mark. WC got lucky after that seeing Wittenberg called for an offsides that gave the ball back for one final look. Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) got the call adding the equalizer off a feed from Moscato that sent the game into extra time.
In the overtime period Whittier won the draw off the stick of Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.), who was 13-for-24 on the day in the circle with 10 groundballs. Then after a timeout, Whittier's Heritage found Moscato on the wing who whipped the golden goal past an outstretched Max Cavellier.
Whittier outshot Wittenberg 47-37, picked up 43 groundballs, was 13-for-27 on faceoffs and was 1-for-6 on man-ups.
Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) played all 60:44 finishing with eight saves and five groundballs. Jacobs added four goals and an assist and Heritage added two tallies and four dimes. Champagne, who had one goal also added six groundballs and five caused turnovers and Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) finished with three caused turnovers.
Other notable performances included Ball with a goal, four groundballs and a caused turnover and Dooney with two connections and four groundballs.
Whittier returns to the field this Thursday, March 14 when they host Morrisville State beginning at 6:30pm.