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Westminster Men’s Lacrosse Road Recap, Enter Three-Game Home Stretch

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Griffins Win Convincingly on the Road

The Westminster men’s lacrosse team began the 2018 season on the road against Notre Dame de Namur and Whittier College.  The Griffins swept the road trip defeating Notre Dame de Namur, 22-7, and Whittier College, 17-4.
Lane Kadish and Blake Gross led the Westminster attack, combining for 14 goals and four assists.  Kadish finished the weekend with 10 points, nine goals and one assist.  He shot 11 times and recorded a .818 shot percentage.

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Gross scored five goals and tallied three assists.  He shot 11 times, six on goal, and recorded a .455 shot percentage.

Bridger Fisher scored four goals and had an assist.  Nick Marcy socred three times and assisted once.  Thomas Sarjeant had a pair of goals and assists and Will Dutton dished out four assists.

Phillp Cannel has logged 58 minutes in two games.  He has faced 21 shots, made 13 saves and only allowed three goals.

Conner McFarlane has played 44 minutes and faced 16 shots.  He made 24 saves and allowed six goals.

Sean Edwards has played 16 minutes.  He has faced seven shots, made four saves and allowed two goals.

Next: Home and Conference Opener Against Rockhurst University (Hawks)

Westminster had two weeks to prepare for its home and conference opener against Rockhurst University.  The game is scheduled at 2:30 p.m., following the women’s lacrosse game.  The game will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and available via live stats.

Tickets are available to purchase online in advance or at the gate the day of the game.

Opponent Info: Rockhurst University, 4-0

    • The Griffins are 6-0 against Rockhurst since 2016


    • The Hawks are 4-0 with wins over Missouri Valley College, 21-5, Bendictine College (Kan.), 24-4, Maryville University, 19-5, and Wheeling Jesuit University, 14-8


    • They have taken 208 shots and made 78 for a .375 shot percentage


    • They are 54-67 on clearances


    • Key Players:


    • Sam Lindahl has 11 goals and 5 assists


    • Kai Trujillo has 12 goals and 1 assist


    • Nick Schaveninger has 7 goals and 6 assists


    • Jake Martin has 5 goals and 7 assists


    • Collin Fischer has 8 goals and 1 assists


    • GK Alex Pfiel has faced 44 shots, made 20 saves and allowed 13 goals


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.

Conner McFarlane returns in front of the goal.  He started in all of the games last season, logging 759:44 minutes.  McFarlane faced 503 shots and average 10.9 saves per game.

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

Looking Ahead

Westminster is back in action four days later, Wednesday, Mar. 7, against #3 University of Tampa.  This is the first time a DII school from the East Coast will play in Utah.  On Saturday, the Griffins will play Maryville University after Colorado Mesa plays University of Tampa.

Games will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and be available through live stats.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance online or at the gate prior to the games.

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