FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Westminster Men’s Lacrosse
KANSAS CITY, Mo.–The Westminster men’s lacrosse team bounced back from a road loss to #17 Rockhurst on Thursday, and defeated Lindenwood, 9-8. With the win the Lions, the Griffins finished 3-4 on the road, over the last two weekends, and improved to 6-6 overall, and 2-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Westminster and Lindenwood battled back-and-forth for control of the game. Each team held a two-point lead, the largest of the game. Westminster took 32 shots to 40, picked up 28 ground balls to 22, won 15-21 faceoffs, caused eight turnovers to nine, and turned the ball over 18 times to 17. The score was tied six times and the lead changed hands four.[gravityform id="278" title="true" description="true" ajax="true"]
Nick Marcy assisted Bridger Fisher to give Westminster its first lead of the game, three minutes in. That lead only lasted three minutes. Lindenwood scored the next two goals to take the lead, 2-1. Westminster would tie the score twice before the quarter ended, 3-3.
Fisher assisted Thomas Sarjenat for the first foal of the second quarter and regained the lead from the Lions. Another goal by Sarjeant, assisted by Blake Gross, gave the Griffins a two-point lead going in to the half, 5-3.
The Lions scored three goals and took the lead for a second time,6-5, with 3:19remaining in the third quarter. Kolton Atkinston scored to tie it up, and with 34 seconds remaining in the quarter, Chance Beutler scored for the final lead change of the game.
Sarjeant and Lane Kadish were each turned away by Lindenwood’s goalie in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Connor McFarlane came up with a save next to deny the Lions. The home side eventually found the back of the net to tie the game, 7-7. Westminster increased its pressure on Lindenwood, taking the next seven shots. Marcy scored to regain the lead on the Griffin’s sixth shot, and Cole Flinders scored the game winner less than two minutes later, assisted by Lane Kadish.
Westminster’s defense and resolve was put to the test over the final five minutes. Lindenwood took seven shots, but only one made it on target, as the Griffins held on for the win.
Marcy and Sarjeant led the Griffins with three points. They each scored one goal and assisted two. Fisher and Kadish each had two points. Fisher scored a pair of goals and Kadish tallied a goal and an assist.
Chance Beutler won 9-13 faceoffs, gathered two ground balls, and scored a goal. Ian Nadel won 5-7 faceoffs and gathered two ground balls. Kyle Williams went 1-1 on face offs and recorded a ground ball and caused one turnover.
Connor McFarlance recorded a .579 save percentage. He faced 40 shots and made 11 saves.
Westminster returns home for the final three regular season games. They host CSU-Pueblo on Friday (Apr. 20) and Adams State on Sunday (Apr. 22). The finishe the season with Colorado Mesa at home on Saturday (Apr. 28).
All three games will be broadcast on the RMAC Network. Live stats will also be available online. Links to the video and live stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule page.