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Griffins Cruise Past Utah Valley, 22-9

Westminster v. UVU WCLA LacrosseFor Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
SALT LAKE CITY – The 16th-ranked Westminster College women’s lacrosse team picked up a 22-9 win over Utah Valley in the team’s home opener on Friday evening at Dumke Field.
Westminster (4-2) got back-to-back goals from Lilly Sybrant and Kaicee Beal to take an early 2-1 lead with 27:32 left in the first half. After Utah Valley (2-3) tied the game at 2-2, the Griffins scored the next eight goals of the game to open up a 10-2 advantage with 7:56 remaining in the half.  Beal would score her sixth goal of the half right before the horn to lead the Griffins to a 14-5 advantage at intermission.
Maggie HerrNeckar would put two goals on the board for the Griffins in between two different sets of back-to-back goals from Utah Valley. The fourth UVU goal of the half came with 20:47 to play and trimmed the Westminster lead to 16-9. That would be as close as it would get the rest of the way as the Griffins finished with the final six goals of the contest to earn the win.
HerrNeckar had quite an afternoon as she finished with seven goals and three assists for 10 points.  The seven goals match her career high and is tied for fourth-most in a game by any Westminster player. She took 11 shots in the game and also had six draw controls and four ground balls. Beal added three assists to her six first-half goals for nine points. Dana Barraco and Sybrant finished with three goals apiece.
The 22 goals scored by the Griffins are second-most in a game in school history and this is the third straight game they have topped the 20-goal mark against Utah Valley. The Griffins matched the school-record with 13 assists while taking a school-best 44 total shots. Westminster had a 19-8 advantage in draw controls and they forced 23 UVU turnovers.
The Griffins will return to action on March 17 when the host Colorado in the first Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League game of the season. The action from Dumke Field will begin at 11 a.m.
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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 or follow WestminsterSLC or WestminsterPR on Twitter.

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