For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 12 Westminster men’s lacrosse team will play at home for the final time this season on Saturday when they host in-state rival and fifth-ranked Brigham Young at Dumke Field. The game will begin at 2 p.m. (MT) with a presentation for the seven Griffin seniors taking place before the game. Westminster will then travel to Orem, Utah, on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at Utah Valley.
Tickets for the BYU game are available now by at WestminsterGriffins.com/tickets. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets in advance to help the entry process.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Griffins TV with Lance Barton calling the action. He will be joined on the broadcast by Alex Vincent and Scott Kellner. Griffins TV is available online and also on mobile devices and Roku players by downloading the Livestream app. Live stats will also be available for the game. Westminster will provide Twitter updates during both games this week. Links for all of the live features can be found at WestminsterGriffins.com/live.
Westminster begins the week at 7-3 on the season and 3-0 in Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference games. They have won four-straight outings and they need one win to clinch at least a share of the RMLC regular season title. The Griffins are coming off home wins over then-No. 6 Colorado and then-No. 13 Colorado State last week. They are 2-1 at home this season and have won five-straight home games dating back to last season.
The Griffins are averaging 14.40 goals per game on the season and they have scored in double figures in all but one game. They are taking 43.8 shots per outing with 59.4 percent of those attempts on goal. Westminster has 85 assists as a team to notch an assist on 59 percent of their goals scored. They are 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) in man-up opportunities and they commit 16 turnovers per game. They also have clear percentage at 85.9 percent and are winning 53 percent of faceoffs.
Griffin opponents are scoring 8.80 goals per game while they attempt 31.5 shots per game. Westminster has held five opponents to eight goals or less. The opposition puts 54.9 percent of their shots on goal and they have tallied 37 assists for a 42.0 assist percentage. Opponents have gone 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) on the man-advantage while posting a 70.2 clear percentage. The Griffins force with 18.6 turnovers per game with 80 caused turnovers.
Kyle Postler and Josh Holland are tied for the team lead with 23 goals apiece. Thomas Sarjeant leads all Griffins with 23 assists while scoring 22 goals for a team-best 45 points. Elias Fairman has added 22 goals and Postler has 17 assists. Ryan Coffelt has picked up 53 ground balls with 72 faceoff wins. Jake Berard wins 55.2 percent of his faceoff attempts and Spencer Huso leads the way with eight caused turnovers.
Brigham Young enters the week at 11-3 overall and 1-3 in the RMLC. They dropped back-to-back home games to Colorado State and Colorado last weekend. The Cougars will host Boise State on Friday. They are averaging 16.79 goals per game while allowing 8.14 to the opposition. Mike Fabrizio is tops on the squad with 43 goals and 71 points. Matt Brandenburg has made 138 saves with a .595 save percentage.
Utah Valley begins the week at 4-8 overall and 1-3 in RMLC games. They haven’t played since claiming a 9-7 win at Southern California on April 9. The Wolverines score 7.92 goals per game and they surrender 11.67 goals per game. Brian Quick leads the team with 14 goals and Tanner Porter has a team-leading 15 assists and 26 points. Shawn Rowley has made 222 saves with a .613 save percentage.
The Griffins are 0-5 all-time against BYU and they are 0-2 in game at Dumke Field. BYU won last year’s game, 14-11, in Provo. Westminster has gone 6-3 all-time against Utah Valley and 2-1 against the Wolverines in Orem. The Griffins won the meeting last season, 22-4, at Dumke Field.
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