For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
IRVINE, Calif. – The Westminster men’s lacrosse team saw its season come to an end with a 9-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the first round of the 2015 MCLA National Tournament Powered by Under Armour on Monday night at the Anteater Recreation Fields on the campus of UC Irvine.
Westminster, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, ends the season with a 9-7 record after winning the regular season championship in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference. The 11th-seeded Georgia Tech advances to a quarterfinal game with No. 3 seed Colorado on Tuesday evening.
A defensive struggle throughout the night, the two teams played to a 4-4 deadlock at halftime. Josh Holland scored two of the Griffins goals in the half. They got a man-up goal from Eric Crosby with 1:08 led before halftime for the fourth tie of the half.
Georgia Tech (17-1) took control of the game in the third quarter with four straight goals in just over eight minutes. Danny Radke scored three of those goals, including a man-up strike with 2:56 to play in the quarter. The Yellow Jackets won four of the quarter’s five faceoffs as they finished the game winning 13-of-19. They also took 18 shots in the frame while holding the Griffins to just five attempts.
Thomas Sarjeant closed the quarter with his only goal of the game, but Sam Ford answered at 12:44 of the fourth quarter to push the Griffins deficit back to four. Graham Archer got one back for the Griffins with 11:10 remaining, but the team committed six turnovers in the final frame and they only managed eight shots and just four on cage.
Archer scored the final goal of the night with 15 seconds to play before Georgia Tech ran out the clock by winning the final faceoff.
The Griffins finished with 34 shots and they put 21 on cage. They were good in 19-of-21 clearing attempts while holding Georgia Tech to 13-of-19 in that category with 18 Yellow Jacket turnovers. Georgia Tech had a 27-24 edge in ground balls.
Holland would finish the game with three points to lead the Griffins. He also took a team-best seven shots with three on goal. Sarjeant, Crosby, and Elias Fairman took six shots apiece with Crosby putting five on cage. Chris Fuoco tallied three caused turnovers to lead the team.
Erik Gronseth kept the Griffins in the game with 14 saves. He made nine stops in the second half with four coming in the final quarter.
Radke’s three goals led all players while Brian Connolly and Ben Mertz had two goals apiece. All three had three points in the game and Mertz took a game-high 12 shots. Holland Frost won 13 faceoffs and Matthew Sommerfeldt 14 saves, including seven in the first quarter.
The Griffins will play Texas State in a consolation bracket scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon.
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