Whittier College Looks To Continue Its Winning Ways Against Vassar College

The Poets of Whittier College men’s lacrosse have enjoyed a successful start to its 2022 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Whittier College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been an impressive start for the Whittier College men’s lacrosse team.

The Poets improved to 6-0 last night with a 24-3 win over Cornell College, thanks to six points (five goals and one assist) from Cameron Bentley, who currently leads the Purple and Gold in goals (22) and points (27).

Prior to Thursday’s win over the Rams, the Poets scored back-to-back wins last week against Widener University (14-8) and Marymount University (23-12).

Getting off to a fast – and yes, an impressive start, too – is nothing new for Whittier, which began its 2020 campaign with three-straight wins before the college lacrosse season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2019, the Poets started their season with six consecutive victories before falling to Cabrini University in March by a score of 14-6. Whittier would bounce back by winning seven of their next nine contests.

Whittier has not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2016 when they lost a heartbreaker to Colorado College in overtime. They have, however, made it to the Final Four in 2003, but saw their bid for a national title fall short with a 15-8 setback to Salisbury University.

Perhaps this early-season momentum like previous years will result in a trip to the postseason – maybe they will win a round or two? That would be great as I would love to see a Western Division III team win a national championship.

But as we know, there is still lots of lacrosse left to be played – Whittier will return to the field tomorrow when they host Vassar College with hopes of capturing its seventh consecutive contest before turning its attention to Nichols College next Thursday, March 17.

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