The Westminster women’s lacrosse team closes the 2016 regular season on Saturday when they play at Colorado Mesa in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game. The finale is slated for a 7 p.m. opening draw at Walker Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
>Westminster is 2-8 overall this season and 2-4 in RMAC games
>The Griffins were defeated by Colorado Mesa 20-10 last Saturday at Dumke Field
>The Griffins defeated Rockhurst, 20-12, on March 6 for their first-ever RMAC victory
COVERING THE GRIFFINS
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Griffins TV and is being produced by Colorado Mesa. Griffins TV is available in the Game Central portal online at portal.stretchinternet.com/Westminster. The portal is also optimized for viewing on mobile devices at the same link.
Live stats will also be available during the contest at sidearmstats.com/coloradomesa/wlax.
FOLLOWING THE GRIFFINS
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ABOUT THE GRIFFINS
Westminster enter the season finale at 2-8 overall this season and they have a 2-4 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action. The Griffins are currently sixth in the conference standings with one league games to play, but have been eliminated from qualifying for the RMAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Griffins are 1-4 on the road this season.
The Griffins are averaging 11.40 goals per game to rank seventh in the RMAC and they are sixth in the conference by taking 25.40 shots per game. The team ranks sixth in the RMAC by scoring on 44.9 percent of its shot attempts and they put 83.5 percent of their attempts on cage. The Griffins have scored on 19 of 53 free-position chances.
Kira Heiden leads the team with 30 goals and she ranks fourth in the RMAC – 39th in the NCAA – by scoring 3.00 goals per game. Katie Adams leads the Griffins with 36 points behind 28 goals and eight assists. Adams is sixth in the RMAC by scoring 3.60 points per game. She also leads the conference by taking 6.50 shots per outing. Madison Ingman leads the team with 10 assists.
Westminster ranks seventh in the RMAC with a 14.60 goals-against-average and they have allowed at least 12 goals in all but one game this season. Opponents are taking 29.1 shots per game with 77.3 percent of those attempts on cage. The Griffins have forced 213 opponent turnovers and they have 140 draw controls while allowing 138.
Heiden leads the team with 36 draw controls and she is fourth in the RMAC and 46th in the NCAA by grabbing 3.60 draws per game. Adams is eighth in the conference by getting 3.0 draws per game. Adams ranks third in the RMAC by picking up 3.40 ground balls per game, 21st in the NCAA. Daisy Mele has a team-best 20 caused turnovers and is third in the league and 18th in the country at 2.00 per game.
The Griffins are making 7.90 saves per game to rank fourth in the conference. They place seventh in the RMAC with a .351 save percentage. Taylor Hekking has started all 10 games in cage and made 62 saves. She is fifth in the RMAC by averaging 6.20 saves per game. Hekking has a .328 save percentage and 15.93 goals-against-average. Caitlyn Laffey has played in six games with a .472 save percentage and 9.36 GAA.
ADAMS ON A ROLL
Katie Adams has scored a goal in all 10 games this season and in 21 straight dating back to last season. That is the fourth-longest such streak in team history. Adams span of 21 straight games with a point is the sixth-longest point streak in school history.
IN THE CLUB
During her seven-goal outing at Rockuhurst on March 6, Heiden became the sixth Griffin all-time to reach 100 career points. The junior has piled up 123 points as a Griffin and she is sixth in team history with 97 career goals. She also ranks seventh all-time in assists (26), sixth in shots (166), and third in draw controls (104).
ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.