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Griffins Rally for OT Win against Rockhurst

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Westminster men’s lacrosse team remained perfect in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play thanks to a fourth quarter rally and a 13-12 win against Rockhurst in overtime on Sunday afternoon.
Westminster (4-1, 3-0 RMAC)was trailing 9-5 at the 6:45 mark of the third quarter when Rockhurst (7-5, 3-4) completed a span that saw the Hawks score six of the game’s previous seven goals. The Griffins would get a goal from Christian Pompoco in the final minute of the quarter to give them some momentum.
They would then start the fourth with a man-advantage and took advantage by scoring twice in the first minute. Thomas Sarjeant notched a goal with 13:26 to play and the comeback was complete and the game was even at 9-9.
Westminster Men 4-3Things looked good for the Griffins when Josh Holland put one away at the 3:20 mark to put Westminster in front, 11-10. After Westminster won the ensuing faceoff, Rockhurst forced a turnover and got a goal from Alex Hebson with 10.2 seconds to play to force overtime.
In the extra period, Westminster won the faceoff and had possession for most of the frame. The Griffins put a couple of shots wide and then had one blocked that resulted in a breakout for the Hawks, Philip Cannell made a save with under a minute on the clock and then started the Griffins in transition.
Elias Fairman had his shot deflected away by the Rockhurst goalie. On the following restart, Blake Bruner fed Fairman at the top of the crease for the game-winning goal with 2.6 seconds to play.
Rockhurst had a 40-34 edge in shots during the game and they won 16 of 25 faceoffs. The Griffins took 34 shots with 20 on cage and were 19 of 22 in clearing attempts.
Holland led the Griffins with three goals on eight shots. Sarjeant added three assists to his goal to match Holland for tea-best with four points. Pompoco, Fairman and Troy Vance all scored two goals.
Theo Davis went 4 of 7 at the faceoff X with two ground balls. Jake Berard and Zach Stout led the Griffins with three ground balls. Philip Cannell earned the win in cage behind 11 saves.
Rockhurst had four players score two goals with Jake Martin leading the Hawks with four points behind one goal and three assists.
The Griffins will be back in action next weekend when they begin their final road trip of the regular season on Friday at Adams State
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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 www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.

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