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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team won their sixth straight game over the weekend jump-starting their trip to Illinois and Iowa with a solid 16-8 win over Augustana College.
The Purple & Gold remain red-hot improving to 12-1, while Augustana (Ill.) drops to .500 at 6-6.
The opening quarter was tight with each team adding three goals apiece. The Vikings struck first but saw Whittier freshmen Sergei Jacobs (Edmonds, WA) and Ronan Dooney (Portland, OR) go back to back to put WC on top 2-1. Augustana then swung the momentum responding with two of their own but with under :30 seconds to play in the period Jackson Draper (Steamboat Springs, CO) was found by Dooney that deadlocked the contest.
The Vikings kept it close in the second but WC managed to hold a slight 6-5 advantage at the half. Augustana went in front early but saw Billy Shaffer (Tucson, AZ) connect for two straight followed by an unassisted strike from Jacobs that made it a two-goal differential.
Out of the half it was all Whittier outscoring the Vikings 10-3. They added a 4-3 third quarter to hold a slight 10-8 advantage before going on a 6-0 run covering the final 15:00 minutes. Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) took the opening face-off out of the half and scored and was followed by Jacobs. Then to break the 8-8 tie the Poets had Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) and Dooney answer with under three minutes to play moving the score to 10-8.
Whittier piled it on in the fourth quarter with six straight from six different players that secured the lopsided win.
Dakota Turgeon (Bellingham, WA) played all 60:00 minutes posting a 12 save effort against 20 shots.
Whittier outshot Augustana 45-31, picked up 52 groundballs, was 20-for-26 on clear attempts and 1-for-2 on man-ups.
O'Donnell led in the circle going 18-for-26 on faceoffs along with a career high 17 groundballs.
Jacobs added four goals with a couple groundballs and Dooney added a three goal, three assist effort with five pick-ups and a pair of caused turnovers.
Heritage also had a solid game adding two goals and two assists along with three groundballs.