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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team extended their winning streak to six straight Wednesday night as they rolled Morrisville State 20-8 at Memorial Stadium.
The Purple & Gold remain perfect on the season at 6-0, while Morrisville State drops to 0-3.
It was a big opening quarter for Whittier outscoring the Mustangs 7-2. Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA), Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO), and Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO) got the scoring started with three straight, across the first five minutes. Morrisville State got two back soon after but that's as close as they would get as Whittier would close out the quarter on a 4-0 run behind a man-up goal from Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) and three tallies from Miles Moscato (Lake Oswego, OR), Jacob Berggren (Tualatin, OR), and Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA).
The defensive units stood strong in the second period with WC holding the edge 2-1. Moscato added his second of the game and was joined by Guss Simpson (Seattle, WA). Then with under four minutes to play the Mustangs were able to add another that stopped the 6-0 spurt moving the score to 9-3 at the break.
Whittier had a big third quarter outscoring the Mustangs 6-1 that opened the game up 15-4. Jacobs and Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) started things off and Clay, Nick Brisbee (Lake Oswego, Calif.), and Simpson ended things. Morrisville State attempted a comeback over the final 15:00 minutes putting up four goals but still had no answer for the Purple & Gold's offensive attack. Simpson and Moscato started the final period off with back to back tallies, Jared Holguin (Encinitas, Calif.) and Champagne tacked on a pair midway through and Chandler Badon (Portland, OR) put the game out of reach with 3:18 to play.
Whittier outshot Morrisville State 51-35, picked up 35 groundballs, and was 20-for-31 on faceoffs. Clay, Moscato, and Clay each added three goals. Jacobs put up two goals and two assists and Champagne with two connections and a dime. Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) was a beast on faceoffs going 14-for-21 with 12 groundballs. Ryan Crawford (San Clemente, Calif.) had a big game defensively with three caused turnovers along with Champagne.
Whittier travels for the second time this weekend as they go back to Pennsylvania to take on No. 6 Cabrini (Saturday, March 16 @ 10:00am) and Lebanon Valley (Monday, March 18 @ 12:30pm).