The Westminster women’s lacrosse team is off the Missouri to play a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Griffins will open their trip at Rockhurst on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. at 4 p.m. MT in their first-ever RMAC contest. The trip concludes in St. Charles, Mo. on Tuesday against No. 3 Lindenwood at 6 p.m. MT.
>In the eighth season of women’s lacrosse, the Griffins will play their first RMAC game on Sunday
>Westminster lost at Whittier in the season opener on February 20
>These two games continue a four-game road streak to start the season
COVERING THE GRIFFINS
Live video will not be available during the game at Rochkurst on Sunday. There will be a live video feed available for the game at Lindenwood on Tuesday. Both of the games on the trip will have live stats. Links for all of the live features are available at WestminsterGriffins.com/live.
All Westminster home games will be broadcast live on Griffins TV in the new Game Central portal at portal.stretchinternet.com/Westminster. Griffins TV is available online and is optimized for mobile devices.
FOLLOWING THE GRIFFINS
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ABOUT THE GRIFFINS
Westminster will return to action after dropping a 16-13 decision at Whittier College on February 20. The Griffins took 31 shots in the game and they put 26 of them on goal. They were 14 of 20 in clearing attempts and had 15 draw controls to 16 by Whittier.
Kira Heiden led the attack in the opener with six goals on seven shots. Katie Adams scored four goals and took a team-high 10 shots. Madison Ingman had the team’s other three goals and tallied two assists to finish with five points. Kathleen Hendershott led the team with three assists.
The Griffins allowed 16 goals in the loss and they surrendered 30 shots to the Poets. They forced 20 turnovers and were credited with 13 caused turnovers. Westminster picked up 22 ground balls. Annalise Preite led the Griffins with four caused turnovers while Madison Ingman and Katie Adams had three apiece. Adams led the team with six ground balls.
Taylor Hekking made the start in goal, taking over for her sister Makenzie who had started every game the past four seasons. Hekking made 10 saves in the loss and posted a .385 save percentage.
With six goals at Whittier, Kira Heiden extended her streak of consecutive games with a goal to 26 straight. That is the second-longest streak in team history. She has recorded a point in 27 straight outings to rank as they fourth-longest span.
NEARING 100 POINTS
With six points in the loss to Whittier, Heiden moved into sixth-place in school history with 95 career points. She is seventh all-time with 73 career goals and her 22 assists rank eighth in school history. Heiden also ranks ninth with 118 shots and seventh with 99 shots on goal. Her 75 draw controls are the fourth-most by a Griffin.
MORE HEIDEN NOTES
With her six goal on seven shot performance at Whittier, Heiden earned RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on February 23. She became the first Griffin to win a weekly award from the conference and did so in the first week the award was given this season.
HOLD OPPONENTS UNDER 10
The Griffins started the 2016 season having won 45 consecutive games when holding the opposition under 10 goals in a game. In the seven previous season they have only lost one time – 4-3 vs. Chapman on February 13, 2010 – when they hold the opposition under 10 goals.
RMAC PRESEASON POLL
Westminster was picked to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference according to a poll of the league coaches that was released on January 21. The Griffins received 22 points in the poll to place fifth in the eight-team poll. Lindenwood is the preseason pick to win the RMAC with 49 points and seven of the eight first-place votes. Lindenwood’s Jordyn Constance was the Preseason Player of the Year.
Westminster will complete their season-opening road swing on March 19 with a game at Brigham Young. The game will count as an exhibition for the Griffins and will begin at 6 p.m. MT.
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.