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Westminster Men's Lacrosse Notes — April 6

4/6/2016 | Men’s Lacrosse
THE AGENDA
The Westminster men’s lacrosse takes its final road trip of the regular season this weekend as they return to Colorado for a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. They begin the trip at Adams State on Friday at 4 p.m. in Alamosa, Colo. The Griffins will then face CSU-Pueblo on Sunday at noon in Pueblo, Colo.
3 THINGS
>This first season in the RMAC is the 10th season of men’s lacrosse at Westminster
>The Griffins currently lead the RMAC with a 3-0 record in league games
>Counting games against MCLA teams, Westminster is 8-1 this season
Westminster Men 4-6COVERING THE GRIFFINS
Live video will be available for the game at Adams State ion Friday. The game will be carried on Griffins TV through the Game Central portal at portal.stretchinternet.com/Westminster. Griffins TV is also optimized for your mobile device at the same link. There will not be live video for Sunday’s game.
Both games will have live stats available during the action. A link for live stats is available at WestminsterGriffins.com/live.
FOLLOWING THE GRIFFINS
Make sure to like Westminster Griffins on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and You Tube for the latest news about the Griffins. For updates of the game action, make sure to follow @wc_griffins on Twitter.
Fans can stay connected with Westminster men’s lacrosse team by following @griffinlax on Twitter.
ABOUT THE GRIFFINS
Westminster heads into the final road trip at 4-1 on the season and they are 3-0 in RMAC play. The Griffins are currently in first place in the conference standings with five league games to play. The top four teams in the final standings qualify for the RMAC Tournament. Westminster has gone 2-1 in road games this season.
ON OFFENSE
For the season, Westminster is scoring 12.0 goals per game to rank third in the RMAC. They have scored in double figures in four of their five games played. The Griffins rank third in the conference by taking 40.40 shots per game and by scoring on 29.7 percent of those attempts. The team averages 6.8 assists per contest to sit second in the RMAC.
Josh Holland has scored a team-leading 14 goals on the year and his 2.8 goals per game sit second in the conference. Cole Flinders – 11 goals – ranks fifth in the league by scoring 2.2 goals per game. Thomas Sarjeant leads the team with 14 assists and 20 points. He also leads the RMAC by dishing out 2.8 assists per game while sitting third at 4.0 points per game.
ON DEFENSE
Westminster surrenders 9.2 goals per game with the opposition attempting 35.2 shots per game. Opponents put 59.7 percent of those shots on cage. Westminster is forcing 14.6 turnovers per outing and they are second in the RMAC by averaging 8.8 caused turnovers per contest. The Griffins are second in the RMAC by with their .587 faceoff percentage and are third by getting 26.0 ground balls per game. They have a .835 clearing percentage while holding opponents to .784 percent.
Jake Berard is winning .608 percent of faceoffs and would rank 21st in the NCAA if Westminster players were eligible. Berard has 48 wins at X and also leads the team with 21 ground balls. He is second in the RMAC by picking up 4.2 ground balls per game. Elias Fairman has a team-best five caused turnovers and is ninth in the conference at 1.0 CTs per game.
IN CAGE
Westminster has recorded a 9.08 goals-against-average through five games to place second in the RMAC. The team in third in the conference by making 11.8 saves per game and their .562 save percentage in second in the league.
Philip Cannell has started all five games in goal and posted an 8.31 GAA to rank third in the conference. He has four wins and made 53 saves with his .576 save percentage at second in the conference. Cannell is third in the conference by making 10.5 saves per game and ranks second with a .600 save percentage.
SPECIAL TEAMS
Westminster has gone 6 of 17 on the man-advantage this season and scored twice on two opportunities against Rockhurst on Sunday. They are third in the RMAC at 35.3 percent while placing fourth by killing off 53.8 percent of the opponents 13 chances. Holland, Cole Flinders, and Troy Vance have each scored two man-up goals to tie for the team lead.
LEAD EARLY
The Griffins have taken control of games this season in the first quarter. They have outscored opponents 18-6 in the first 15 minutes of action and they are 4-0 when leading after the first quarter this season. Westminster has continued that fast start by outscoring opponents 20-10 in the second quarter and they have led at halftime of all five games.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
The duo of Elias Fairman and Josh Holland are currently ranked in the top-10 in school history in both points and goals. Fairman became the sixth player in school history to score 100 goals with his tally against Rockhurst on March 19. He also sits seventh all-time with 140 career points. Holland is two goals away from 100 in his career and he ranks 10th in team history with 132 career points. Jake Berard is third in team history with 174 ground balls and second with his .593 faceoff percentage.
LOOKING AHEAD
The Griffins will begin a three-game homestand to close the regular season when they host Colorado Mesa on April 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game at Dumke Field are available now by visiting WestminsterGriffins.com/tickets.
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 on Twitter.

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