Self, Kassity Lead Whittier Past Gordon

Former San Clemente High School teammates Aaron Self  and Jonathan Kassity helped put a damper on Owenn Geis (Foothill High School) homecoming yesterday afternoon.  Self’s five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and Kassity’s two goals and six groundballs helped propel Whittier College past Geis and his Gordon College teammates 13-10.  Tommy Andrews (Tustin High School) added a goal for the Poets.  Geis started for the Fighting Scots and finished the day with a groundball and a caused turnover.

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men’s lacrosse team opened up their 2015 schedule Monday afternoon as they used a 10-0 run midway through the contest to hold off Gordon University 13-10 at Memorial Stadium.

The win marks the first for the Purple & Gold this season, while the Scots were handed their first loss in the past two weeks having their three game winning streak snapped as they drop to 3-3.

The Poets found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first period but got on the board 30 seconds into the second stanza with Aaron Self (San Clemente, Calif.) finishing off a feed from Maxwell Jones(Fircrest, WA) that cut the deficit to two.

The Fighting Scots answered right back however with back to back scores from Nico Manganiello and Jake Martin that moved the score to 5-1.  Gordon held the four-goal advantage until the late stages of the second quarter when the offense began to click for the Poets. Whittier scored five goals in less than five minutes with two coming from Jonathan Kassity (San Clemente, Calif.) that ended the half, while stunning a previously in-control Gordon heading into the break (6-5).

The Poets shocking run didn’t end there, scoring the first five goals of the third period in just six minutes of game clock sparked by a hat trick from Jones.  All 10 goals scored during the run happened within only 11 minutes of actual game time and put Gordon in a precarious hole, trailing 11-5.

Gordon went on a three-goal run of its own to bring them back within three scores before the end of the period. However, it proved to be too little, too late for the Scots. Both teams scored twice in the final quarter and the Poets held on for the victory.

Self and Jones both contributed a hat-trick for the Poets. Freshman Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) won his first collegiate start and made 14 saves in the process for Whittier. Kassity led Whittier with six ground balls. Defensively, Max Myrick (San Diego, Calif.) finished with five caused turnovers and picked up three groundballs.

Manganiello, Martin, Ryan Utz and Jordan Heckelmann all added two goals apiece for Gordon. Cody Greenwald made 12 saves in the loss.

Whittier has a short turn around as they host Berry College tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 11 beginning at 7:00pm.


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