Men's lacrosse drops heartbreaker 8-7

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whittier college men's lacrosse loss against chapman university, Sports - By Hugo Guzman on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 03:51

It was a close game this Wednesday, April 11, as men’s lacrosse faced off against their SCIAC rival Chapman University.  

Despite matching them point for point throughout the match, the Poets went down by 1 point in an 8-7 game.

After starting the season 5-1, Whittier has now lost four games in a row and is 5-5 on the season as Chapman improves to 13-3.

“We expected it to be close,” first-year midfielder Tommy Andrews said.  The game was back and forth from the first point on, with Chapman scoring and Whittier quickly matching them.  
There was little progress until the second half, when Chapman made 2 goals back-to-back and Whittier spent the half trying to match them.  It was in the final minutes of the game that Chapman scored the last goal of the game, and there was no hope left.

The team certainly recognized that the game was “uneven.”  “We played down to their level,” Andrews said.  “We really should have capitalized on our shots.”  
Senior captain and defender Andrew Swett felt the same way.  “It was a good game, but really slow and very hard,” Swett said.  “Everyone needed to step up at the same time,” he said, referencing the lack of synergy throughout the game.

Despite this sentiment, there was one player who got called out on his great game.  “Our goalie played really well,” first-year defender Terry Jacob said about senior goalie Robert Blazen.  “He made great saves and was a great help.”

All in all, the Poet team is determined to make up for this by playing their best in the next game against the Stags of Claremont-M-S this coming next Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.