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Griffin Notebook: #3 University of Tampa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Westminster Men’s Lacrosse

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Men’s lacrosse hosts #3 University of Tampa today at 3:30 p.m. on Dumke Field.  Westminster enters the game 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Tickets are available online or at the gate prior to the game.  The game will be broadcast on the RMAC Network.  Live stats will be available online.

Weekly Review

Westminster is coming off a 12-16 loss to conference opponent Rockhurst.  Rockhurst got out to an early lead in the first period.  Slowly the Griffins were able to decrease the visitor’s lead and by the end of the third period they were within one point of the Hawks.

Westminster took its first lead after scoring four points to start the fourth period.  Lane Kadish‘s man-down goal put the Griffins up by three.  Rockhurst responded by scoring seven consecutive goals to take the lead back and finish the game with the win, 16-12.

Historic Game vs University of Tampa

University of Tampa (5-0) is the third ranked team in the country in DII men’s lacrosse.  Westminster hosts them, March 7, in a historic game at 3:30 p.m. on Dumke Field.  “This is the first eastern powerhouse team to invest in a trip to Utah.  We’ll need other to follow their lead and show we play at a high level despite our distance from the bulk of the DII action,” head coach Mason Goodhand remarked.

The Griffins played the Spartans as part of a four-game road trip last season.  The Griffins lost the game 21-7.

Goodhand sees many opportunities that this game could benefit the men’s lacrosse program at Westminster.  “It’s a leadership opportunity for the older players who have been on the field with Tampa before.  It’s a seasoning opportunity for younger players.  In both ways, we get better, stronger and gain experienced young talent.”

Keys to the Game

Coach Goodhand outlined three areas that will be key for Westminster.

  • Offensive tempo—making good choices in possession.  Pushing the pace or slowing it down as needed.
  • Defensive execution—being disciplined and making them earn every goal.
  • Winning the 50/50 fight for the ground ball—this can be the difference in any close game.

    Scouting Tampa

  • 34.3 shot percentage–70 goals, averaging 14.00 goals-per game and 40.8 shots-per game
  • 71.2 faceoff percentage
  • 91.3 clear percentage
  • 40 Goals against
  • Players to Watch

  • #42 Andrew Kew—21 points (17 goals 4 assists)
  • #8 Bryan Wright—15points (13 goals 2 assists)
  • #24 Ross Dickerson—33 ground balls and 73-97 on faceoffs
  • About the Griffins

    Westminster received one first-place vote, 12 total votes, and was picked to finish second in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, ahead of Rockhurst and just behind Colorado Mesa.  The Griffins were the only team, besides Colorado Mesa, to earn any first-place votes.  They finished the 2017 season 6-4 in RMAC play and 8-7 overall.

    Westminster returns 26 players from last season’s squad that finished third in the RMAC regular season and made it to the RMAC Championship final.  They finished 8-7 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

    The group of returners includes six seniors, 11 juniors, and nine sophomores.  The team attempted 39.50 shots per game, averaging 12.86 goals per game and 19.79 points per game.  They converted 27.5 percent of man-up chances, scoring 11 goals.

    Thomas Sarjeant returns for his senior season after leading the Griffins with 31 goals, shooting 36.9 percent, and 50 points.  He added 29 assists and has scored a goal in the last 13 games.  Sarjeant ranked fourth in the conference for goals and points per game, and fifth in assists.

    Nick Marcy was second on the team in points with 40.  He scored 18 goals and lead the team with 22 assists.  He ranked third in the conference in assists and eight in points per game.
    Troy Vance was the Griffin’s second leading scorer with 29 goals, shooting 38.7 percent.  He also recorded four assists and totaled 33 points.

    Grant Phillips and Braden Pelly both return to the Griffin defense.  They each recorded 15 caused turnovers last season.  They were tied and ranked seventh in the conference, averaging 1.00 caused turnovers per game.

    Westminster won 44.8 percent of face-offs and had an 85.6 clearing percentage.  They picked up 27.1 ground balls and caused 7.67 turnovers per game.

    Vance, Phillips and Sarjeant were named to the Preseason All-RMAC Team.

    Up Next
    Westminster hosts Maryville University at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Tickets can be purchased in advance, online, or at the gate the day of the game.  The game will be broadcast on the RMAC Network.  Live stats will also be available.

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