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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team continues to move through Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play as they rolled past Chapman University 22-10 at the Slade Aquatic Center.
The Purple & Gold have now won two of their last three and improve to 8-10, 4-0 SCIAC. They are also the only unbeaten team within the conference as they sit atop of the standings.
It was a slow start for the Poets being held scoreless across the first four and a half minutes as they trailed 1-0. But the offense finally clicked after that with Maxwell Murphy (Orinda, Calif.) and Enrico Antunes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) going back-to-back at the 3:32 and 2:58 marks that swung the momentum. Ricardo Reyes Jr. (Commerce, Calif.) and Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) added another two with under two minutes to play as WC led 4-3 after the first quarter.
In the second Whittier poured it on with another seven strikes coming from six different players, which included a 5-1 run early. Goals came from Paul Pittion (Aix en Provenca, France), Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden), Dominick Nevarez (Norwalk, Calif.), Antunes, Murphy, and Reyes Jr.
Whittier led 11-6 at the break and that would be the closest Chapman would get as the Purple & Gold showed off their offensive juggernaut in the 3rd quarter adding another six strikes that put the game out of reach. Borunda, Nevarez, and Zdolsek sparked three unanswered, Antunes converted a 5-meter and Nevarez, and Reyes Jr. would end the frame.
The first three tallies in the fourth would go to WC with Murphy, Patrick Seelhorst (Whittier, Calif.), and Chad Portugal (La Habra Heights, Calif.) going on a 3-0 run. Then to end the game Kyle Aguilar (Corona, Calif.) and Portugal would tack on another two that pushed the advantage to 22-10.
Whittier outshot Chapman 39-30 and was 7-for-14 on power-plays. Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) played all 32:00 minutes and posted 12 stops.
Whittier has a break this weekend and returns to competition next Wednesday, October 16 when they host the University of Redlands beginning at 7:00pm.