Eastern Connecticut vs. Whittier
March 24, 2003
The Game Story:

No. 3 Poets use 9-1 run to hand No. 19 Warriors second loss of season

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY,VA -- The All-America attack line ofKelly Hall, Ryder Bateman and Luke Gilbert combined for ten goals and threeassists as the No. 3-ranked Whittier College men^^s lacrosse team turned backEastern Connecticut State University 17-9 Monday at Ray Rostan Field on thecampus of Hampden-Sydney College.

Whittier(7-0), ranked third nationally in the most recent USILA Division III poll, useda 9-1 run to pull away from a 3-2 lead and beat Eastern (2-2) for the thirdtime in two years. Whittier reached the second round of last year^^s NCAAtournament before losing by one goal to eventual national champion MiddleburyCollege. Three of Eastern^^s last four losses in its last 15 matches have comeat the hands of the Poets.

Eastern,which had lost by double figures the previous two times the teams had met,scored four of the game^^s five goals to cut the gap to 15-8 with 3:28 left but could get no closer.Whittier had outscored Eastern 9-1 over a span of 35 minutes to build a 12-3lead with 22 minutes left in the game.

Whittier^^stop attack line players, all three of whom were named to the USILA Division IIIAll-America team last year, scored five of it^^s team^^s first seven goals.Bateman finished with four goals, Hall three and Gilbert three goals and threeassists.

Eastern,which was stymied on all 12 of its extra-man opportunities, got a goal and career-highfive assists from senior All-America attackman Marc DiGiovanni (WILTON).The team^^s top scorer, DiGioivanni was limited to just three shots by theWhittier defense, most notably starting defenseman Aaron Jaffe. The Poets werealso succcessful on 29 of 33 clear attempts.

Easternsenior goalie Mark Hayes (FAIRFIELD) made 14 saves for Eastern, six coming inthe first half when Whittier unloaded 15 shots. First-year Ohio State transfer Joseph Nozdrovicky (BALDWIN, NY)won15 of 26 faceoffs for Eastern.

Easternmeets Stevens Institute of Technology Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hoboken, NJ.Stevens Tech received votes in this week^^s national poll.