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WCLA: BYU Rallies past the Griffins in Overtime

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse

Westminster Griffins LacrosseSALT LAKE CITY – The 15th-ranked Westminster College women’s lacrosse team saw No. 2 Brigham Young rally to force overtime and then complete the comeback with an 18-16 win at Dumke Field on Wednesday evening.
After the two teams played to a 7-7 tie at halftime, Westminster (7-3, 1-1 RMWLL) seemed to get things rolling in the second half. The Griffins opened the half with four straight goals and when Lilly Sybrant scored with 14:42 remaining they held a 14-8 advantage. Dana Barraco answered a pair of goals from Brigham Young (13-3, 3-0) with one for the Griffins to give them a 15-10 lead with 10:20 to play.
That score would hold until the 3:44 mark when Jordan Haws scored the first of six consecutive BYU goals in a 2:02 span that gave the Cougars the lead of 16-15 with 1:42 on the clock.  Maggie HerrNeckar tied the game at 16-16 with 51 seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime. Briana Arnold scored with four seconds left in the first OT session to retake the lead for BYU. The Cougars would add an insurance goal from Beth Calderwood with 43 seconds remaining in the second OT period to seal the victory.
Westminster put 32 of the 36 shots they attempted on cage and held a 23-15 edge in ground balls. They were successful in 15-of-19 clear attempts and held BYU to just 10-of-17 in that category. BYU controlled the draw controls at 23-10 and they were 4-of-5 in free-position shots to the 2-of-8 from the Griffins.
HerrNeckar led the Griffins with her five goals on 10 shots. She put nine of those shots on target and was 2-of-4 on free-position attempts. Chelsea Farrell added four goals and one assist and Barraco added three goals and three assists for a team-high six points. Sybrant picked up a team-best five ground balls and controlled three draw controls. Makenzie Hekking finished with 13 saves in cage, including eight stops in the first half.
Kristin Lund led BYU with five goals while adding two assists for seven points. Brooke Smith and Haws added four goals apiece. Megan McCleary made 16 saves in goal to earn the win.
The Griffins will look to bounce-back on Friday when they welcome No. 1 Colorado State to Dumke Field. Westminster will honor the seniors prior to the 6 p.m. start.
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 or WestminsterPR on Twitter.

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