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Utah State Handed First Loss At The Hands of Westminster

The Westminster Griffins traveled to Logan on Saturday to play the Utah State Aggies and showed why they really are one of the best teams in the country by beating the Aggies by the score of 19-6.
“I’m really proud of our guys. Westminster is an amazing team playing some of the best lacrosse they’ve ever played,” Utah State Head Coach Jon Atwood said. “We never gave up, and Im proud of the guys for that reason.”
While the Aggies never gave up, they really weren’t a solid matchup for this phenomenal Westminster squad. After a sluggish start that Westminster was not planning  on coming out with, the game quickly turned in favor of them mid way through the first quarter. Westminster Defensive Coordinator Garrett McClain said, “After our bad start we just asked the guys to go back to what we practiced. We knew that if we took out 66 [Blade Garlow] we would have a chance to win this.”
While they did limit Blade Garlow’s shots on goal, Matt Taylor took advantage and scored 5 of Utah State’s six. “We need to finish,” Taylor said. “We seemed to get a little down after they started scoring on us and we can’t let that happen.”
But a slow start from Westminster was still not enough help for Utah State. Westminster was a faster, smoother, and just more developed team. They overpowered a team who just is not on the same level as them just yet. But the great teams don’t let up on opponents who may not be on the same level as them, and Westminster made sure they left with a ‘W’ in their win and loss column.
“We came out sloppy but eventually we slowed it down and set up some really good slides and while we struggled on the outlet passes we picked it up and I think we finished pretty strong,” Westminster Goalie Chris Burckle said.
There weren’t many people who could’ve expected a different result for thing game. Westminster showed today why the move up to MCLA D-I was the right choice. They definitely had some things they need to clean up for the long haul, but nothing that will keep this team from making a run.
Westminster will look to keep up their winning ways against UNLV next Friday In Henderson, Nevada while Utah State will be off for a couple of weeks before they travel up to face Montana State March 7th.

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