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MCLA: No. 19 Griffins Beat No. 13 CSU, 14-11, to Complete Weekend Sweep

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse

Thomas Sarjeant
SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 19 Westminster men’s lacrosse team moved into first-place in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference with a 14-11 win over No. 13 Colorado State on Sunday afternoon at Dumke Field.
Three days after defeating Colorado for the first time in school history, Westminster (7-3, 3-0 RMLC) earned its first win over Colorado State (9-6, 3-1). The Griffins have two league games remaining and need to win one to clinch at least a share of the regular season title and the top-seed at the conference tournament.
“This was a game that we ended up on the right side of the scoreboard,” Westminster head coach Mason Goodhand. “Colorado State is a good team and this game could have gone either way.”
Sunday saw another close game between the national ranked foes with eight ties and five lead changes. Colorado State took the early advantage at 3-1 with 4:39 to play in the first quarter, but that would just be the start of things to come. Westminster ran off the game’s next four goals, from four different players, to take the 5-3 lead early in the second quarter.
CSU carried a 7-6 lead into halftime as they closed the half with consecutive goals from Collin Zines and Chase Warner. The Griffins then tallied goals from Troy Vance and Elias Fairman to begin the third quarter and open an 8-7 advantage.
After the Rams scored twice during a two-minute man-advantage, the Griffins slowly took the game over. Josh Holland and Vance scored consecutive goals to put them ahead, 10-9, at the end of three. Alex Creech evened the game for CSU at 10-10 with 14:17 on the fourth-quarter clock.
Holland and Eric Crosby then had two-straight goals for the Griffins to extend the lead to its largest of the day at the time, 12-10, with 12:17 to play. After AJ Stewart got one back for the Rams 17 seconds later, Westminster killed off a CSU man-advantage and capped the possession with a goal by Thomas Sarjeant.
The lead remained 13-11 as the defense forced two CSU turnover and Erik Gronseth made a big save. Sarjeant capped the scoring on an empty net with 48 seconds to play to secure the victory.
“We’ve been through some of these games,” Goodhand said of the back-and-forth action. “We saw our guys put this one away and this is a good win.”
The Griffins took 35 shots in the game and they put 21 of them on cage. They committed a season-low 10 turnovers on the afternoon while going 13-of-15 in clearing chances. CSU took 38 shots (18 on goal) and won 16-of-27 faceoffs, but they committed 16 turnovers.
Sarjeant finished the game with a career-high six points behind his two goals and four assists. Holland added three goals and one assists and Vance also scored three goals. Crosby and Fairman tallied two goals apiece. Kyle Postler had one goal and two assists with Graham Archer scoring the team’s man-up goal.
Gronseth moved to third-place in school history with his 14th-career win in goal while making seven saves. Taylor Atchison led the team with four ground balls.
Stewart led CSU with four points by scoring two goals with two assists. Warner also scored two goals and Ashton Monheiser had one goal and two assists.
Westminster is back in action on Saturday when they host in-state rival Brigham Young at Dumke Field. The game is Senior Day for the Griffins and the senior class will be recognized in a ceremony prior to the 2 p.m. (MT) start. Tickets for the game are available at WestminsterGriffins.com/tickets.

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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