Whittier Advances to Lacrosse NCAA Quarterfinals In Coach’s Last Season

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

May 9, 2002                                         

Reference: 01/02: 62 
Contact: Caye Brundage at (562) 907-4974   or Rock Carter at (562) 907-4972      

 Whittier Advances to Lacrosse NCAA Quarterfinals
In Coach’s Last Season

           Making the most of a home-field advantage, Whittier College’s men’s lacrosse team defeated Eastern Connecticut State University 19-8 on Wednesday, May 8, in the first NCAA lacrosse playoff game to be held in California.

          Last night’s win fulfilled a personal goal for Whittier coach Doug Locker, as this is the first time any California lacrosse team has made it to the NCAA playoffs.  Locker, who founded the team in 1982, will be leaving Whittier at the end of the academic year to become athletics director at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif.  Locker leaves Whittier with a personal coaching record of 282-70.  In addition to coaching, Locker served as director of athletic recruitment and retention and has worked at Whittier since his graduation from the college in 1979.

          The May 8th victory sends the Whittier Poets to Burlington, Vt., where they will face the Middlebury College Panthers for the quarterfinals, played in Alumni Stadium on Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  (For additional information, consult the NCAA Championships Web site at: http://www.ncaachampionships.com.)

          Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

Whittier College Office of Communications
13406 Philadelphia » P.O. Box 634 » Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Tel: (562) 907-4213 » Fax: (562) 907-4927