For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse
SALT LAKE CITY – For the second straight year the Westminster College women’s lacrosse team is champions of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League. Westminster won the 2012 title by defeating Utah Valley 21-5 in the semi-finals and then beating Utah 16-11 in the title game.
The Griffins are now 16-5 on the year and ranked No. 5 in the current WCLA Top 25 Poll. They defend the 2011 RMWLL title they won for the second conference championship in team history.
Utah (18-6) put up a fight in the championship game as they tried to win their first conference title. The Utes opened up a 6-3 lead with 10:43 to play in the first half after a string of four consecutive goals. The Griffins responded with six of the next seven tallies to build a 9-7 advantage at the 26:02 mark of the second half.
After Utah got within one less than a minute later, Westminster took control of the game by scoring the next three goals over a six minute stretch to lead 12-8 with 19:45 to play. The Griffins would seal the victory with two goals in the final minute from Shauntel Hyde that pushed the final margin to 16-11.
Chelsea Farrell matched a school record with eight goals in the game for the Griffins. Farrell took 13 shots and put 10 on frame while also grabbing five ground balls. Hyde finished with four goals and Maggie HerrNeckar added three. Lisa Webber picked up eight ground balls to lead the squad. Makenzie Hekking came up with 15 saves to earn the win in goal.
Westminster took 36 shots in the game and had 31 of them on cage. The grabbed 39 ground balls and went 4-of-10 on free position shots. Utah held a 20-8 advantage in draw controls while taking 33 shots with 34 ground balls. Both teams cored one goal playing with a man advantage.
Haley Poulson led Utah with four goals on eight shots. Poulson had five draw controls and two ground balls. Cody Rennert scored twice for the Utes. Jacklyn Amadu recorded 11 saves during the first half while Cathryn Bonitz made five stops in the second half.
The semi-final game saw Westminster control the action against Utah Valley (5-8). The Grififns outshot the Wolverines 30-18 and held a 26-15 advantage in ground balls. HerrNeckar finished with seven goals while Farrell had four goals and three assists. Hekking came up with 10 saves to earn the win.
With the win, Westminster has earned an automatic berth into next month’s WCLA Division 2 National Championships. The event will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo. from May 9-12. Westminster finished fourth at last year’s tournament.
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