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MCLA: Griffins Handle Cal Poly, 9-4

Chris Burckle

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
SALT LAKE CITY – The 16th-ranked Westminster College men’s lacrosse team beat a ranked opponent for the second-straight outing with a 9-4 win over No. 16 Cal Poly on Friday evening at Dumke Field.
Westminster (7-3) would get on the board just 23 seconds into the action when Josh Holland found Collin Madsen for his 17th goal of the season. Cal Poly (5-3) answered with goals from Chris Nespor and Tim Albo to take a 2-1 lead with 4:22 on the first quarter clock.
The Griffins would then take over as they scored four-straight goals and held the visitors without a goal for over 20 minutes of action. Dylan Check would score twice during the Griffins run to give him six goals on the season. Madsen would also score during the stretch and he assisted on the goal from Kyle Postler.
Chris Burckle
Cal Poly used a strike from Zach Jones at the 13:51 mark of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 6-4. Westminster responded with the next three goals, including Postler’s second on the game just 32 seconds later. Kevin Gee would score at the 9:43 mark of the fourth with Dominic Conti adding the final goal with 9:30 to play.
Westminster finished the game with 45 shots to only 28 from the Mustangs. The Griffins put 24 of those attempts on goal while also posting a 34-23 advantage in ground balls. Westminster went 13-of-17 in face-offs and they were successful on 18-of-20 clearing attempts.
Poster led all players in the game with four points as he added two assists to those two goals. Holland would take a season-high 11 shots with Gee ripping eight attempts. Eric Crosby picked up a team-best seven ground balls while Jake Berard won 12 of the 15 face-offs he took with five ground balls. Spencer Huso caused a season-high four turnovers.
Chris Burckle was solid in cage for the Griffins with 13 saves and only four goals allowed. This is his fifth double-digit save performance and second-straight. The .765 save percentage is the second-highest recorded by Burckle this season.
Tim Albo and Michael Paul would add the other two goals for Cal Poly. The Mustangs would force 19 turnovers in the game with Nespor causing four of them. Sean Pihl made 15 saves in cage.
The Griffins will next be in action on April 5 when they welcome in-state rival Utah to Dumke Field for Senior Day. The final regular season home game of the season for the Griffins will begin at 4 p.m. MDT.
ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
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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