Oxy Men's Water Polo Battles Whittier

Oxy Men's Water Polo Battles Whittier

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WHITTIER — Despite two goals from Cian Concannon, the Tigers could not overcome an early deficit and fell 13-6 Wednesday night at Whittier College.

Despite the loss, the Tigers created more scoring chances by outshooting the Poets 29-28. Alexander Zim and Jason Teng had great defensive games, holding the Whittier centers without goals. Oxy starting goalie Henry Grady added five saves on the night. 

"Our approach was great tonight. We battled in half court defense and forced the shots that we wanted to see," Oxy head coach Jack Stabenfeldt said. "Our defense allowed us to counter attack well and run a threatening half-court offense. Our attackers and centers created some great opportunities and helped us earn 15 exclusions. Whittier was able to score a few difficult goals in transition and their goalie made big saves. In the grand scheme of things, we're on the right path and doing things the right way. We just need to be cleaner with our execution on extra-man and counter attack opportunities."

The Tigers fell behind to the Poets 3-0 in the first quarter after Poets' attacker Hans Zdolsek scored three of his seven goals in the first 8 minutes.

Oxy scored its first goal in the second quarter on a shot by Concannon, the first of his two goals in the quarter.

The Tigers trailed at halftime 6-2.

In the third quarter, Wilson Noll and Elijah Havens scored goals for the Tigers, but they trailed at the end of the third period 10-4.

Nicolas Lipari and Walter Sandbloom scored the final two goals for Oxy.

The Tigers fall to 10-7 and 0-5 in the SCIAC. The Poets improve to 8-10 and 3-2 in the SCIAC. 

Tigers are back in action Saturday when they take on La Verne (8-9, 2-4 SCIAC) at 11 a.m. at Taylor Pool. 

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