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Griffins Start Fast; Sarjeant Ties Record in Season Opening Win

BELMONT, Calif. – The Westminster men’s lacrosse team started the new season by scoring the first eight goals of an 18-10 win at Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday afternoon at Koret Field.
Westminster (1-0) would extend the early advantage to 13-1 before heading to halftime with a 15-2 lead. Notre Dame de Namur (0-1) would outscore the Griffins 83 in the second half, but they never got closer than the final eight-goal margin.
Thomas Sarjeant had an impressive start to the new season by tying a school record with seven assists. Sarjeant also scored a pair of goals to finish with nine points, the third-highest total for a game in team history.
Cole Flinders collegiate debut featured a game-high five goals and one assist. Josh Holland scored three goals with one assist and Pace Cranney and Dalton Tuor added two goals each.

The Griffins took 43 shots in the win with 28 of them on cage. They had a 35-20 edge in ground balls in part to Westminny vs NDNUwinning 22 of 29 faceoffs. Westminster went 15 of 21 in clearing attempts and score on one of their two man-up chances.
Jake Berard had a team-high eight ground balls and won 16 of 19 faceoffs. Blake Bruner and Brian Dejesus had two caused turnovers apiece. Philip Cannell earned the win in cage during his collegiate debut with one save. Conner McFarlane made four stops and Ian Sime made two saves during their time in goal.
NDNU got a hat trick from Alex Campbell and two goals from Nichoas Wameling in defeat. Xavier Guerrero took the loss in cage with 10 saves.
The Griffins will be back in action on February 20 when they play at Colorado Mesa in the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in league history. The game will be played at Walker Field in Grand Junction, Colo. and be broadcast live on Griffins TV.
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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, or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.

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