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Holland Wins Godekeraw Award; Five Griffins Named All-American

image005ORANGE, Calif. – Five members of the Westminster men’s lacrosse team were recognized by the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) and they announced the 2015 All-America Teams and award winners today. Josh Holland highlighted the awards for the Griffins as he was named the Godekeraw award winner.
US Lacrosse and the MCLA have joined forces to create a Player of the Year Award, which will recognize two elite MCLA players (Division I and II) who excel in the combined areas of: Performance on the field, Academic Performance, Character and Sportsmanship.
Along with winning the Godekeraw award, Holland was named a first team All-American at midfield. The junior from Riverton, Utah, led the Griffins with 39 goals this season and he finished third on the team with 50 points. He took a team-best 108 shots and scored four man-up goals. Holland was a third team All-American last season and he is the second Griffins to be named a Division I first team All-American.
“Josh is one of the very best athletes in the nation if not the best; but more importantly, he is a great teammate, student, and person,” Westminster Head Coach Mason Goodhand said regarding Holland. “On the field he plays both ways, which is becoming a rare trait amongst midfield scorers.”
“Like most explosive players, he has produced the statistics outlined above against the opposition’s best defender, both as an attackman and a midfielder. However, we have seen the young man evolve into a student-athlete who truly cares about the success of the team over any individual accolade,” he said.
Elias Fairman was named a third team All-American at midfield. The junior from Sandy, Utah, scored 26 goals during the season while also recording nine assists for 35 points. He attempted 86 shots (52 on goal) and scored two man-up goals. This is his first All-American honor.
Kyle Postler was also named a third team All-American this season at attack. A senior from Norwood, Mass., Postler tallied 32 goals and 24 assists this season to rank second on the team in both categories. His 56 points were also the second-most on the team this season. Postler tied for the team lead with three game-winning-goals and he finishes his career as the school’s al-time leader in assists (129) and points (252). He was an honorable mention All-American last season and a Division 2 third team All-American in 2013.
A pair of Griffins, Trent Herbert and Thomas Sarjeant, were each named honorable mention All-American. Herbert made the list at defense while Sarjeant was named at attack. Herbert, a senior from Salt Lake City, played in every game this season with 22 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Sarjeant, a freshman from Carlesbad, Calif., started all 15 games and led the griffins with 29 assists and 57 points.
Westminster finished the 2015 season with a 9-6 overall record and they won the regular season title in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.
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