Monthly Archives: February 2010

Western College Women’s Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Loses To #1 Northwestern 17-3

 California slowed down No. 1 Northwestern early in the game but couldn’t stop the five-time defending NCAA champion in a 17-3 loss to the Wildcats on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears’ record fell to 0-3, while the Wildcats improved to 3-0 after the nonconference match. Vail Horn led Cal with two goals. Katrina Dowd led all players with six points and five goals. Shannon Smith scored five points and four goals for the Wildcats.

The Bears came out strong Sunday after falling behind early against Ohio State in their previous game, a rainy 19-5 loss on Feb. 26 in Berkeley. This time, Cal produced the first two shots of the game, from senior midfielder Alyse Kennedy and sophomore Lauren Johnson, before Northwestern’s Brooke Matthews scored at 4:27 into the first half.

Cal also collected six of the first eight draw controls. The Bears had a 12-10 advantage on draws for the game, including a 10-7 advantage in the first half.

“I thought we started out the game very well,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “The first six to eight minutes were pretty good. We fought. We were doing pretty well in the draw controls in the entire first half. We just had trouble hanging onto the ball. Especially when we first came out, I thought our defense did a solid job and even created a couple of turnovers.

Cal fell behind 3-1 at the 8:18 mark, with Horn, a sophomore midfielder, scoring Cal’s goal at 7:26.

The Bears still trailed 3-1 six minutes later. But then six different Northwestern players combined to score 11 goals in less than 14 minutes, from 14:42-28:32, to claim a big 14-1 advantage.

Kennedy scored her lone goal at 29:02, and Northwestern took a 14-2 lead into halftime.

“It was that transition pattern, holding onto the ball down in the attacking end and finishing the few opportunities that we had that gave us a lot of trouble,” Sherry added. “I was really happy in general with the approach that my team took today. They came out here and wanted to battle, and they didn’t worry about rankings. We talked a lot about the Oklahoma State men’s basketball upset last night of No. 1 Kansas and how we wanted to be the other upset this weekend. There was a lot more fight there today than there was there Friday. We’re making steps. We just really have to execute on the attacking end.”

A freely substituting Northwestern outscored Cal, 3-1, in the second half. Horn collected her second and the game’s last goal at 52:55 to make the final score 17-3.

Northwestern, which now holds a 0-7 lead in the all-time series with the Bears, outshot Cal, 29-13. Bears junior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made eight saves in 60 minutes. Northwestern starter Brianne LoManto made six saves in a little less than 43 minutes of work.

Cal plays its next game in just two days, when the Bears host Davidson on Tuesday, March 2 at Memorial Stadium.


	         1	2	F
Northwestern	14	3	17
California	2	1	3

Northwestern Scoring
Dowd, Katrina 5; Smith, Shannon 4; Spencer, Danielle 3; Russo, Jessica 2; Fitzgerald, Erin 1; Matthews, Brooke 1; Thornton, Taylor 1. Assists: Dowd, Katrina 1; Smith, Shannon 1.

California Scoring Goals: Vail Horn 2; Alyse Kennedy 1. Assists: None.

Brianna LoManto, 6 saves, 2 GA, 42:22; Darby St. Claire-Barrie, 1 saves, 1 GA, 17:38. California: Allie Shropshire, 8 saves, 17 GA, 60:00.

Att.: 468.

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Dominates #23 Arizona 15-5 In Season Opener

The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team won their season opener on Saturday night (February 27) in Tucson, defeating #23 Arizona by a score of 15-5.  The Wolverines struggled to find their rhythm early on, but eventually picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring the Laxcats 10-2 in the final 30 minutes.  Junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) picked up where he left off from his past two seasons, notching six goals in the contest to pace the Wolverines.

The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring under two and half minutes into the game after earning the first solid possession of the contest.  The Wolverines answered midway through the quarter on the man-up on a shot from the left wing from Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) that snuck inside the far-post.  Yealy gave Michigan their first lead of the game with 3:02 left in the first putting home a rebound in front following a shot from Hrusovsky.

The Laxcats tied the game with just 15 seconds left in the first quarter on a low screamer from the left wing.  Michigan regained the lead early in the second period on a tight angle shot from freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) just over a minute in.  Senior captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) gave U-M a two-goal lead at 9:02, clearing the ball down the right wing before firing low from 15 yards out for the 4-2 lead.

Under two minutes later Arizona responded, cutting the lead to one midway through the period.  After multiple possessions for both squads, Yealy banged home his second of the game on a feed from behind by senior Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with just :52 left in the first half as Michigan took the 5-3 lead into the break.

Yealy got the Wolverines going early in the second half, scoring just over a minute in following a successful Michigan ride that forced a turnover just outside the box.  Yealy scooped up the loose ball and raced in one on one with the goaltender before dipping and dunking for 6-3 lead.

Arizona didn’t back down however, scoring at 9:14 to the lead to two on a low shot from the left wing.  Hrusovsky’s second goal helped the Wolverines regain the momentum and the three-goal lead at the 4:36 mark before Yealy notched his fourth of the game just 46 seconds later as Michigan started putting things together offensively.

The U-M run continued as Paras netted his second of the game, cutting across the face of the goal before firing low.  Senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson – Fair Haven) gave Michigan a six-goal lead just before the end of the third quarter on a transition feed from freshman defenseman J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola) as the Wolverines started to pull away.

Senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) kept the momentum in Michigan’s favor scoring just 14 seconds into the fourth, taking it down the right wing by himself before shooting from 15 yards out.  Kirshner was on the other end of the next tally, feeding a cutting Yealy on the transition for the 12-4 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the game.

Yealy and Zorovich connected again at 9:49 on another feed from behind, this time on the man-up for Yealy’s sixth and final goal of the game, and Zorovich’s fifth assist.

McIntyre netted his second tally just under a minute later on a feed from senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) before Paras closed out the Michigan scoring with his third of the game with 5:33 left.  A late goal from Arizona with 1:04 left resulted in the 15-5 final.

Statistically, the Wolverines won every category.  U-M outshot Arizona 46-29, and recorded 48 groundballs to the Laxcats 32.  U-M was 15 of 24 on faceoffs, and finished 18 of 26 on clears, while riding UA to 9-24 totals.  Michigan scored three times on five man-up attempts, while allowing Arizona one goal on three attempts.

The Wolverines will be back in action Wednesday, March 3, when they travel to Tempe to take on #3 Arizona State at the ASU Women’s Soccer Stadium at 7:00pm MST.  For all of your Michigan men’s lacrosse needs, please visit

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #20 Albany 17-13 For Season’s First Win

 The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (1-2) snagged its first win of the season, defeating the No. 20 Albany Great Danes (0-1) 17-13 in front of 811 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Denver’s offense stepped into high gear as two Pioneers finished the day with hat-tricks and seven others netted goals to give DU head coach Bill Tierney his first win in crimson and gold.

“This was a great way to regroup from our two losses last weekend,” Tierney said. “Our offense has started to find its rhythm and you can really see our guys working together and understanding what we are asking of them. We are a young team but I think we proved a lot to ourselves today with this win.”

Sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) and freshman Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) both scored three goals each for the Pioneers. Demopoulos also finished the day with three assists for a total of six points.

Also contributing for Denver with two goals apiece were junior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomores Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) and Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), while seniors Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas), John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) and Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), along with junior Emerson Eichler (New Vernon, N.J.) and freshman Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.), all dished in a goal apiece.

Charley Dickenson also finished with a season-high four assists, moving him into fourth all-time in the Pioneer record books for assists.

Coming off back-to-back 17-save performances a week ago against No. 1 Syracuse and Jacksonville, ECAC Co-Defender of the Week sophomore Zander Buteux (Madison, N.J.) made 11 saves to get his first win of the season. Senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) also made an appearance for the Pioneers tallying two saves.

With the scored tied 7-7 at the half, the Pioneers used an eight-goal barrage in the third quarter and two more goals in the fourth quarter to seal their first win of the season. The Great Danes made several attempts to answer, but were only able to score six goals in the final 30 minutes of action.

Derek Kreuzer, Dave Brock and Joe Pompo led the scoring duties for the Great Danes, scoring three goals each, while Joe Resetarits added two goals and one assist. Albany goalie John Carroll finished the day making 12 saves, stopping eight Pioneer shots in the first half.

As a team, Denver finished the day with 37 shots, held the advantage in ground balls 45 to 32 and converted on three of five man-up opportunities.

Next up, the Pioneers host the 9th Annual DU Face-Off Classic, welcoming Penn, Lehigh and Air Force for the two-day event at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Action starts off on Saturday, March 6 as Air Force will face Lehigh at 11 a.m., followed immediately by the Pioneers’ game against Penn. The Classic will conclude on Sunday, March 7 as Air Force will take on Penn in the first game of the day, followed by DU’s game against Lehigh at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Face-Off Classic are available through the DU Ticket Office, our through Ticket Master. Two-day passes (four games) are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Face-Off single-day passes (two games) are $15. DU students are free with a valid Pioneer Card. For more information visit

Lacrosse Commercials: Professional Lacrosse Defenseman Brodie Merrill In “ReeDefine” Commercial For Reebok (Video)

Professional Lacrosse Defenseman Brodie Merrill in “ReeDefine” commercial for Reebok.

College Men’s Lacrosse Highlights: North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Navy 11-4 On Feb. 25 At Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Video)

The No. 3 Tar Heels scored the game’s first six goals as they overwhelmed the No. 11 Midshipmen, 11-4, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

North Carolina senior attackman Gavin Petracca led all scorers with seven points on two goals and five assists, and senior midfielder Sean DeLaney added three goals and two assists for the Tar Heels, who improved to 4-0 for the third consecutive season.

Utah College Men’s Lacrosse: Westminster Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Boise State 10-4 To Begin 3-Game Road Trip

The Westminster men’s lacrosse team began a three-game road swing with a 10-4 win against Boise State on Friday night at Boise, Idaho. No. 12 Westminster picked up its second win of the season behind a 7-2 second half.

The Westminster men’s lacrosse team began a three-game road swing with a 10-4 win against Boise State on Friday night. No. 12 Westminster picked up its second win of the season behind a 7-2 second half.

Leading just 3-2 entering the third quarter, freshman Jake Arthur ignited a four-goal run by the Griffins with two unassisted goals.

Brett Bird and Dallin Hall finished the game with two goals apiece.

Andy Lehr added one goal and one assist while Josh Condas, AJ Ariss and Jayden Dixon scored a goal each. Dallas McLellan made 14 saves in net and allowed just the four goals.

The Griffins are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 28, when they face Southern Oregon at Lake Oswego High School in Portland, Ore.

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Travels To Missouri To Play Lindenwood And Texas

CSU lacrosse faces its first road trip today and Saturday in Missouri where it will meet Lindenwood and the University of Texas.

The two games will provide an early test and an opportunity for the team to find some chemistry, as well as giving the young players a chance to learn what it takes to win away from home.

The Rams’ first match up against Lindenwood, a team they have played several times in previous seasons.

“We’re very familiar with Lindenwood,” CSU head coach Alex Smith said. “We have played them four or five times, definitely more than Texas.”

Senior defenseman and Co-captain Andrew Stein remembers what Lindenwood will bring to the game.

“They are really good and are always at the top of the division,” Stein said. “They always give great competition and we will bring our best to them, too.”

On the other hand, the Texas Longhorns are unknown for the most part. Texas has not been an opponent scheduled by CSU in recent memory.

“We don’t know a whole lot about (Texas),” Smith said. “We’ll just have to fly by the seat of our pants.”

CSU has a record of 1-1 so far this season, beating nearby Northern Colorado 17-6, but falling short against a much tougher team in Colorado College 12-70.

Smith said the loss to CC came because of costly mistakes at both the offensive and defensive ends of the field.

“We didn’t take advantage of our possessions,” Smith said. “We kept bailing them out with turnovers.”

To go along with turnovers, the defensive play was also lacking. Stein said it will take more than one person to improve the defense.

“I put as much (pressure on myself) as I can,” Stein said. “Our whole philosophy is team defense, so I lead as much as I can game to game.”

The young season has also seen another captain raise his level of play in junior attackman Cooper Kehoe. Kehoe leads the team in both goals and shots with six and 14, respectively.

Smith looks to Kehoe to fill the role of primary goal scorer, but Kehoe doesn’t see it the same way.

“I just contribute the best way I can,” Kehoe said. “It starts downfield, being at the right place at the right time. Everyone on this team can do it.”

The biggest challenge in Smith’s mind will be making sure the younger players handle themselves properly on the road and hopes it will build team chemistry in the process.

“Obviously, (the big challenge) is it’s the first trip of the year,” Smith said. “It’s tough to make sure everyone acts the same way. We need to get ourselves together and establish team identity.”

Older players like Kehoe have given their advice to the young players as well.

“Stay focused, one game at a time,” Kehoe said. “Sometimes you look forward. Just win one and then look to the next one.”

Smith is a former Ram goalie who graduated in 2003. This, however, is his first full year as head coach. He does not feel as if any additional pressure is placed on his shoulders.

“I don’t put pressure on winning,” Smith said. “Every game is important, personally I feel it’s important to establish identity and come together as a team.”

Team chemistry is obviously important and the team motto is “family” after all. But winning would certainly help.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: #8 Princeton Men’s Lacrosse Faces #11 Hofstra, #1 Syracuse Vs. Army, #4 Johns Hopkins Vs. Siena And #7 Maryland Vs. #13 Georgetown Highlight Weekend’s Matchups


 Men’s Division I


No. 11 Hofstra at No. 8 Princeton 


When: Saturday, noon 

The opener for both squads, this one was notable in recent seasons for being a matchup of dueling Tierneys. Now, the fact that just a couple of spots on the ranking board separate the squads is just fine for me. 

Obviously Princeton is going to be hurting without defensive stalwart Chad Wiedemeier, and the midfield losses aren’t small. But the attack is solid with the cousins McBride. The Bill Tierney era started with a bare cupboard and had a NCAA title within the first graduating class. How will Chris Bates start his tenure? 

Hofstra has been the big-time crush of a certain former IL staffer who’s name might rhyme with Frisgian Breezy, with its typical complement of Canadians and Islanders looking to make big things happen on the road. 

Princeton student (and Daily Princetonian editor) Vikram Rao — a frequent IL contributor — will be blogging live from the wonderland that is New Jersey. 


Bucknell at Towson


When: Saturday, 1 p.m. 

A pair of teams that narrowly missed the 2009 NCAA tournament (literally, both made their respective conference finals) face off in Towson on Saturday afternoon, where IL online editor Danielle Bernstein will be on hand to bring you the in-game updates. 

The Bison are 15th in the land after winning their second game of the year against Ohio State, but their first loss — in OT against a VERY highly touted Duke team — has given a lot of us so-called ‘experts’ a bit of pause. Is Bucknell an elite team? Is Duke doing its typical uneven start to the season? 

Time will tell. 

Towson, on the other hand, is coming off a disappointing season that was nearly salvaged in the CAA tournament. Will Tony’s Tigers take steps back to the top of the CAA pile in 2010? 

Lets check it out and consult on Monday morning. 


No. 7 Maryland at No. 13 Georgetown


When: Saturday, 2 p.m. 

Everybody’s favorite Ohio native will be on hand (that’s Terry Foy, for the record) for this opener for the Hoyas and second showing for the Terps. 

We’re all aware of the potential that the Maryland offense holds (Yes. We got your comments calling our premature anointing of their attack as epic stupid … Thanks.) Will they have a bit more success this time around after a year of meshing? What about goalie Brian Phipps and his knee? A win over Bellarmine is nothing to look down upon, but this is a legitimate non-conference test for a team that has some serious talent. 

And speaking of talent that people have taken issue with an IL evaluation of… The No. 1 recruiting class of Georgetown University are now seniors. Were we wrong? Are they underachieving? Is the water in D.C. not fortified with enough vitamins? 

I smell politics. (Or a joke at our expense. You be the judge). 


Penn at No. 9 Duke


When: Saturday, 3 p.m. 

The Ivy Leaguers are managing their first foray into game action, and the Quakers are doing so in audacious fashion … Taking on a Blue Devils squad that has a win over Team USA and a loss to Notre Dame already (and a win over Bucknell). 

Mike Murphy had plenty of success at the Division III level, but DI is a different beast, and the Ivy League is about as full of parity as possible. 

UNC student and IL contributor Chris Hempson will be on hand to share the gameday action with everybody. 

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Siena at No. 4 Johns Hopkins


When: Sunday, noon 

IL newbie Tommy Kehoe will wrench himself away from Chatroulette to bring us live coverage of this one, as the Blue Jays host the MAAC power in their final match with a team not in the current top 20 for over a month. 

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Penn State at No. 5 Notre Dame


When: Sunday, 1 p.m. 

The Nittany Lions didn’t get off on the right foot with 24 goals allowed against Robert Morris, but we won’t know if last week’s result was more Colonials being epic or PSU being deficient on defense until we have a larger sample size. (For the record … I hope RMU is very good on offense, because it’ll be a tough season in Happy Valley if an average team can rip 24 goals on them). 

For the Irish, the possibility of a letdown between a win over the preseason No. 1 Duke squad and next weekend’s NFL-stadium Face-Off Classic crowd in Baltimore is something that their coaches are undoubtedly working towards. 

ND student and IL contributor Mike Camarda will be on hand Sunday to keep us in the loop as far as what the reality is for these squads. 


No. 19 UMBC at Rutgers


When: Sunday, 3 p.m. 

IL contributor Joe Santoloquito will be live in Jersey to keep us posted on how the Scarlet Knights look against a UMBC squad that is looking to get back on track after an opening loss to Delaware in 3OT. 

This one is one of many games that has been slid from its original schedule to accommodate a rare snowstorm that isn’t hitting Maryland this winter. 


Army at No. 1 Syracuse


When: Sunday, 3 p.m. 

The Orange look to move to 2-0 with a win over Army in what has suddenly become an epic double-header of New York teams on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. 

As if kismet were involved, IL Editor in Chief John Jiloty was planning on being here in general, so he’ll be live blogging the work between one Big City Classic team and another making an appearance at the Day of Rivals. 


No. 6 Cornell vs. Hobart


When: Sunday, 6 p.m. at Syracuse 

An upstate rivalry that becomes the season opener for both teams this spring, this one will feature IL contributor Chris Osburn firing up the blog machine for your reading enjoyment. 

Cornell is an attack-dominated offense compared to last year’s midfield monster, but who knows how things will work out once they hit the field for real in 2010. Hobart is in a vastly different league under the same banner, but coach T.W. Johnson has talent and could make a run at league favorites Loyola, Denver and Ohio State this spring.

College Women’s Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Opens Home Schedule With #19 Ohio State Tonight And #1 Northwestern Sunday

California (0-1, 0-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) opens its home schedule against No. 19 Ohio State, as ranked by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, on Friday, Feb. 26 and five-time defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Memorial Stadium. The Bears, who have a 3-4 record in the all-time series with the Buckeyes, hosts Ohio State (1-1, 0-0 American Lacrosse Conference) at 3 p.m. on Friday, while the Bears, who are 0-6 all time against Northwestern, welcomes the Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 ALC) at noon on Sunday.

The Bears also hosted both opponents last year, falling to Ohio State, 18-5, on March 24 and to Northwestern, 21-4, on April 5. Cal had a three-game winning streak over the Buckeyes from 2004-06, including upsets over then-nationally ranked Ohio State in 2004 and 2005.

Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal started the season with a 12-10 setback at fellow MPSF team UC Davis, falling to the Aggies, 12-10, for the first time since 2001. The loss snapped the Bears’ 13-game winning streak over its UC rival. Cal senior midfielder Alyse Kennedy led all scorers with five points (3 goals, 2 assists). Sophomore attacker Allie Welsh also scored a hat trick for the Bears, while junior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made 10 saves against the Aggies.

Theresa Sherry is in her third year as Cal’s head coach. Northwestern was the first-ever opponent for Sherry in the 2008 season opener in Berkeley. The feisty Bears lost, 16-9, in what is still the closest game in the all-time series.

Scouting the Buckeyes
Twentieth-ranked William and Mary upset then-No. 16 Ohio State, 15-14, on Feb. 14 in Williamsburg, Va., in Ohio State’s season opener. (Cal plays at William and Mary on March 24) The Buckeyes rebounded to beat American, 16-7, on Feb. 20 in Columbus. Kelly Haggerty led the Buckeyes in scoring (6 points from 4 goals, 2 assists) against American, while Alayna Markwordt collected five points (4 goals, 1 assist) against the Eagles. Goalkeeper Annie Carruthers made seven saves in less than 48 minutes of work against American.

Haggerty, who led OSU with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) against William and Mary, leads her team in points (12) and assists (5) and is tied with Markwordt for the team high in goals (7). Carruthers, who made 17 saves in 60 minutes against William and Mary, has a 10.63 GAA in two starts.

Sue Stimmel is in her 15th season as head coach of Ohio State.

Scouting the Wildcats
Northwestern, which defeated Massachusetts, 18-6, in its Feb. 6 season opener in San Diego, will play at Stanford on Feb. 26 before battling Cal on Feb. 28. Sophomore midfielder/attacker Shannon Smith led Northwestern in scoring against UMass, with a career high six goals, three assists and nine points. Senior midfielder Danielle Spencer, a 2009 IWLCA second-team All-American, added five goals for the Wildcats. Northwestern outshot UMass, 37-14, and starting sophomore goalkeeper Brianne LoManto made three saves in less than 39 minutes of action.

The Wildcats boast amazing talent, including All-American attacker Katrina Dowd, the 2009 NCAA championship MVP, and sophomore midfielder Alexandra Frank. The latter collected 63 draw controls for a 2009 NU squad that led the nation in draws.

Kelly Amonte Hiller, a three-time IWLCA Coach of the Year, is in her ninth season as Northwestern head coach. She led the Wildcats to a 21-1 record in 2009.

Next Time
Cal hosts non-conference opponent Davidson at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2 at Memorial Stadium.

California College Men’s Lacrosse: Whittier Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Southwestern (TX) 24-4

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.

The Poets (2-0) were led by Lee Oshnock who netted a game-high seven goals.

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.