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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team was tested Thursday night at Memorial Stadium pulling out a 20-15 victory over Oberlin College.
The Purple & Gold finish their home schedule, going a perfect 8-0 in the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium. They have now won five in a row and improve to 11-1. Whittier is averaging 16.0 Goals Per Game and taking on average 43.18 shots per game. They are also shooting 37.1% as a team.
Oberlin came out fired up and proved a tough test for Whittier. The Yeomen struck first on their opening possession but after that Whittier scored seven of the next eight to go on top 7-3 after the first quarter. During the run Nick Brisbee (Lake Oswego, OR) and Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, Calif.) both connected twice. Guss Simpson (Seattle, WA), Ryland Clay (Aurora, CO), and Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) also added goals. Whittier also went back to back with under three minutes to play in the period with a man-down goal and a man-up goal within :19 seconds of each other.
In the second the offense continued on both sides with a combined eight goals being added. Jacob Berggren (Tualatin, OR) started things off with an unassisted goal and Shaffer would tack on another that extended the lead to 10-4. But that advantage wouldn't hold as Oberlin would fight their way back with three of the next four to get within four at the break.
Out of the half the Yeomen came out hot with three unanswered to get within one at 11-10. But after that the Poets started clicking on all cylinders finishing the quarter with five straight from Simpson, Clay, Jacobs, and Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) that pushed the lead to 16-10.
In the fourth Oberlin made a final push with five tallies, which included the first three of the quarter to get within three at 16-13. Jacobs and Dooney stopped the run within seconds of each other and Dooney then returned with Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) to seal the win with under a minute to play.
Dooney and Jacobs each added four goals on the game with two assists. Simpson added three tallies with four groundballs and Heritage, despite being limited to one goal was able to add three dimes. Ryan Crawford (San Clemente, Calif.) led the defense with three caused turnovers, while Max Lepley (San Clemente, Calif.) and Cooper Champagne (La Mesa, Calif.) each added two apiece.
Whittier was outshot on the game 49-43 but won the battle on the ground 30-28 on groundballs. They were 15-for-19 on clear attempts, was 2-for-9 on man-ups and was 21-for-37 on face-offs.
Whittier travels for the month of April beginning with a trip to Illinois April 5-6 where they will take on Augustana (IL) and Dubuque.