The Whittier College men’s lacrosse team wasted little time in putting away Southwestern (Texas) University as the Poets scored 15 first half goals en route to a 24-4 win on Thursday evening at Memorial Stadium.
Whittier scored in bunches to open the game with the first two goals coming at 14:13 and 14:03. The purple and gold needed only 20 seconds between goals five and six which came at 9:57 and 9:37, respectively, and registered two more goals just 23 seconds apart at 5:33 and 5:10.
WC led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Poets netted only five goals in the second quarter but still held a 15-1 advantage in shots, a 14-5 edge in ground balls and won 4-of-5 faceoffs.
Cory Schab controlled the X for Whittier winning 13-of-18 faceoffs. As a unit the Poets won 22-of-31 for the game.
Southwestern (0-1) never stopped playing and scored its first NCAA goal to open third quarter. The Pirates scored two goals in the third and two goals in the fourth quarters.
This was SU’s first game as a collegiate lacrosse program.
One game after scoring seven goals, Daniel McQuade recorded a six goal effort while Charlie Fisher added four more assists to give him a team leading nine for the season.
Sam Russell added three goals and had four assists in the win.
WC starting goalie Robert Bazlen was tested only one in his 30 minutes in goal. He finished with one save to earn his second win in as many chances.
The defense caused 15 of the 35 Pirate turnovers and limited SU to just 9-of-26 on clear attempts.
Riley Myrick led the team with three caused turnovers while Oshnock and Jake Hawkridge each had two.
Schab finished with a game-high 11 ground balls, Russell corralled seven and Sean McCarroll and McQuade each had two.
The Poets return to action on Saturday, February 27, as they play host to Division II Grand Canyon at 1 pm.