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No. 12 Griffins Clinch Share of RMLC Crown; Defeat No. 5 BYU 16-15

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse

Josh Holland
Josh Holland
SALT LAKE CITY – The 12th-ranked Westminster men’s lacrosse team overcame a three-goal second half deficit and defeated No. 5 Brigham Young, 16-15, in front of a standing room only crowd at Dumke Field on Saturday afternoon.
Westminster clinched at least a share of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference regular season title with the win as they improve to 8-3 overall this season and 4-0 in the conference. They will be the No. 1-seed at next month’s conference tournament in Boulder, Colo.
Saturday’s game was a back-and-forth affair that featured eight ties and six lead changes before the Griffins defeated their in-state rivals for the first time in six tries.  Kyle Postler scored two goals early in the action to help Westminster open a 4-1 advantage in the first quarter.
BYU (12-4, 1-3 RMLC) responded with five-straight goals, two from Jake Arbon, to open a 6-1 lead early in the second quarter. Postler scored two more goals during a 4-0 run from the Griffins that had them back in front, 8-6, with 6:05 remaining in the half.
It would be the visitors that took control of the action over the next eight minutes of game time. The Cougars mounted a 6-1 run and they opened a 12-9 lead less than two minutes into the second half. Westminster found an answer with four consecutive goals of their own, capped with a strike from freshman Christian Camp, to lead 13-12 late in the third quarter.
Arbon and Jayden Haws then scored back-to-back goals for BYU and they led for the final time of the afternoon, 14-13, with 14:07 to play. Josh Holland scored consecutive goals for the Griffins to give them the lead back. Eric Crosby then notched the eventual game-winner with 4:25 to play with a strike set-up by Postler.
Jack Fabrizio scored for BYU with 1:23 on the clock, but the Griffins were able to force a turnover on the next BYU possession and secure their fifth-straight victory.
Postler had a big game for the Griffins as the senior finished with five goals and two assists to match a Westminster individual season-high with seven points. He took nine shots (six on goal) and caused one turnover. Holland scored four goals in the game and Crosby added three strikes.
The Griffins only took 34 shots in the game, but they put 23 on them on cage. BYU had 50 shot attempts with just 28 on target. Westminster won 18-of-34 faceoffs and they were 17-of-22 in clearing attempts.
Ryan Coffelt won 11 of his 18 faceoff attempts with five ground balls. Jake Berard had six faceoff wins and five ground balls. Trent Herbert and Crosby led the team with two caused turnovers. Erik Gronseth earned his seventh win of the season in goal by making 13 saves.
Arbon led BYU with five goals and he also had one assist for six points. Mike Fabrizio scored three goals and had four points.
Westminster will look to complete a perfect conference season on Tuesday when they visit Utah Valley for a 7 p.m. (MT) game at the UVU Intramural Field in Orem, Utah.
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  1. Congrats to the Griffins. This is the first in-state loss by BYU as long as I can remember. Keep it up, the playoffs are what really matter.

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