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Westminster Opens MCLA Tournament with Georgia Tech on Monday

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
image005(1)SALT LAKE CITY – The Westminster men’s lacrosse team is the No. 6-seed for the 2015 MCLA National Tournament – Powered by Under Armour and they will face 11th-seeded Georgia Tech in the first round of the tournament on Monday. Westminster will be making a second-straight appearance in the Division I tournament when they face the Yellow Jackets at 8:30 p.m. (MT) at the Anteater Recreation Field 1.
Should the Griffins advance past Georgia Tech, they would draw the winner of No. 3-seed Colorado and No. 14-seed Texas State in Tuesday’s second round. That game would begin at 7:45 p.m. (MT) at the Anteater Recreation Fields. The semifinals and championship games will be played in Chapman Stadium on May 14 and 16 respectively.
Every game of the MCLA National Tournament will be streamed live on the MCLA web site. Westminster will also provide live stats of the games the Griffins play. You can also find updates on Twitter by following @wc_griffins and @griffinlax. Fans are encouraged to follow the conversation by using the hashtags #GoGriffins and #MCLA2015. Links for all of the live features are available at WestminsterGriffins.com/live.
Westminster enters the National Tournament at 9-5 overall this season. The Griffins won the regular season title in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference with a 5-0 mark in league games. They have dropped two-straight outings and are 2-1 in games played at a neutral site.
The Griffins are averaging 14.29 goals per game on the season and they have scored in double figures in all but two games played. They are taking 44.4 shots per outing with 58.8 percent of those attempts on goal. Westminster has 118 assists as a team to notch an assist on 59 percent of their goals scored. They have gone 14-of-38 (36.8 percent) in man-up opportunities and they commit 15.79 turnovers per game. They also have clearing percentage of 85.2 percent and are winning 53 percent of faceoffs.
Griffin opponents are scoring 10.29 goals per game while they attempt 34.9 shots per game. Westminster has held six opponents to eight goals or less. The opposition puts 56 percent of their shots on goal and they have tallied 67 assists for a 46.5 assist percentage. Opponents have gone 13-of-42 (31 percent) on the man-advantage while posting a 72.2 clear percentage. The Griffins force with 17.5 turnovers per game with 107 caused turnovers.
Thomas Sarjeant leads the team this season with 29 assists and 56 points. He has scored 27 goals to rank third on the team. Josh Holland leads all Griffins with 37 goals and he has scored a team-best four man-up goals. Kyle Postler is second on the team in goals (32), assists (23), and points (55). Ryan Coffelt is tops on the squad with 71 ground balls while Spencer Huso has a team-best 12 caused turnovers. Erik Gronseth leads the team with 105 saves.
The Griffins have gone 12-7 all-time at the MCLA National Tournament and they are 0-1 while playing in the Division I event. They were defeated in the first round of last year’s tournament, 12-11, by Boston College. Westminster was 12-6 in the Division II tournament and they won the 2008 D-II championship. The Griffins are 25-11 in all postseason games since 2007, but they are 1-3 in D-I postseason outings.
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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