Score: Whittier 17, Emerson 6
Records: Emerson Lions (0-2) ; Whittier Poets (2-0)
Location: Whittier, Calif.
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
The Lead: Senior Jared Brush (Detroit, Mich.) and junior Austin Franklin (New Bedford, Mass.) netted two goals apiece in the Emerson men's lacrosse team's first spring break game out in California, but suffered the 17-6 setback to the Whittier Poets on Monday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Franklin and Busch racked up a combined four goals with the second pair of Emerson nets scored by sophomore Stevie Powers (Arlington, Mass.) and freshman Skyler Celotto (Fairfield, Conn.) while sophomore Jiwonn Kim (McLean, Va.) dished out one assists and freshman Hunter Gervais (Johnston, R.I.) handed out two.
- Sophomore Tim Doyle (San Diego, Calif.) scooped up five ground balls and senior Marshall Tate (Taunton, Mass.) caused three turnovers.
- Sophomore netminder Calloway Myers (Chico, Calif.) manned the net in the opening 30 minutes for Emerson and surrendered eight goals with nine saves on 17 total shots, while freshman Malcolm McGrath (Ridgefield, Conn.) wrapped the final 30 with eight stops.
- In the X, junior Austin DiPietro (Clermont, Fla.) won 6-of-17 followed by freshman Alex Hrisanthopoulos (Carlsbab, Calif.) coming away with 3-of-4 and Tate winning 2-of-4 face-offs.
- Ronan Dooney led all scorers with three goals on six shots alongside three assists, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers while four Poets notched two goals.
- On the defensive side, Kevin O'Donnell picked up a game-high nine ground balls, Max Lepley caused a trio of turnovers, while O'Donnell acted as the main face-off specialist going 10-of-17 in the X.
- In net for Whitter was Dakota Turgeon, who held Emerson to four goals through 48+ minutes between the pipes and came away with three stops.
- Whittier held the advantage in ground balls (48-32) and shots (54-24), as well as in the face-off circle (14-11).
- Emerson had 15 successful clears out of 24 and went 1-of-2 in man-up chances, while Whittier completed 14-of-16 clears and finished 0-for-1 with the man-up opportunity.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson and Whittier traded off goals in the opening two minutes of the first quarter that saw O'Donnell put a goal in 35 seconds in followed by Celotto answering at 12:43 with the score locked at 1-1.
- After Celotto evened the score, the score stood over the next five minutes until Dooney found Daniel Ball to break up the the scoreless drought that led to the next two Poet goals and the hosts now ahead by three (4-1).
- Cooper Champagne extended Whittier's lead to five at 13:41 of the second before Franklin and Brush found the back of the next exactly three minutes apart to bring Emerson within three (5-2) with 5:59 on the clock.
- Emerson was unable to tack on another goal throughout the quarter and saw Whittier fire in three goals, including two from Dooney, to go into the half in a five-goal deficit (8-3).
- Much of the third quarter scoring was done on Whittier's end, seeing goals from four different Poets spread throughout the first eight minutes until Emerson finally answered on a man-up chance at 6:13 from Powers (12-4).
- Starting off with a net by Nick Brisbee at 12:37 of the fourth, the Poets rattled off another four goals to extend its lead to 16-4 before Brush snuck in a goal into the mix at 3:57 to put the score at 16-5.
- Whittier tallied its final goal of the game on an unassisted net by Billy Shaffer at 3:10 as Franklin put in his second goal of the game with 1:49 left.
- Emerson continues its California trip on Thursday, March 7 when it squares off with Gwynedd Mercy at Whittier at 6:00 p.m.
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