SALT LAKE CITY – The top-ranked Westminster College women’s lacrosse team will play two games on Dumke Field this week. Westminster will face Weber State in the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League opener on Tuesday. The Griffins will then face in-state rival Brigham Young (No. 8 DI) on Friday. Both games will being at 5 p.m.
Westminster enters the week at 5-0 on the season. They picked up two wins on the road last week, defeating Air Force, 19-9, and then knocking off Denver, 18-6. The Griffins went 5-2 at home last season and were undefeated against team from WCLA DII.
The Griffins have outscored the opposition 87-38 this season and only allowed San Diego State to score above 10 goals. The 17.4 goals per game the team is averaging and that would demolish the school record of 12.6 goals per game set last season.
The 2012 squad returns 15 players from the 2011 championship team. Among the group of returns is Chelsea Farrell. Farrell led the Griffins in scoring last season with 85 goals and 108 points. Sage Johnson is back after scoring 41 goals with a team-best 36 assists last season. Westminster also welcomes back Kaicee Beal from a knee injury. Beal scored 29 goals in the six games she played last season.
Newcomers Katy Dalrymple and Makenzie Hekking will look to step into the Griffins cage this season. They will look to replace Regan Lelli in goal and have some big shoes to fill. Westminster allowed just 10.9 goals per game last season with Lelli posting a 47.7% save percentage.
Against This Week’s Opponents
Tuesday’s game against Weber State will mark the first all-time meeting between the Griffins and Wildcats. This is the first year that Weber State has been a member of the RMWLL.
Brigham Young holds a 3-0 all-time record against the Griffins. They last met on March 18, 2011 with BYU defeating Westminster 19-7 at Dumke Field.
Preseason Player of the Year
Lacrosse Magazine named Griffin senior Farrell the WCLA Preseason Player of the Year. She was named the POY after winning an online voting contest that was hosted by the magazine. Farrell becomes the first Griffin in school history to win the preseason award. Last season, Farrell was named a Frist Team WCLA All-American and First Team All-RMWLL.
Tracking the Poll
Westminster maintained its position at No. 1 in the WCLA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll when it was released on Feb. 29. The Griffins received 233 points and nine first-place votes in the poll. They also spent all of 2011 atop the poll.
LAX Power Computer Rankings
The Griffins presently sit in the No. 1 position in the current edition of the LAX Power Computer Ratings. They have a rating of 72.90 to assume the top position. The ratings have the Griffins placing the 49th-rated schedule and 13th in the RPI.
LaxPower.com was started in 1997 by Larry Feldman, who developed and still maintains the “engine” that generates the computer ratings for college and high school teams. In 1998, Bob Kroshefsky and Dan Larsen joined LaxPower to work on college men’s and women’s lacrosse, respectively, and they soon took full responsibility for those areas.
Westminster is pleased to announce that a majority of the nine home games will be broadcast live on the new Griffins TV. With multiple cameras, Griffins TV will provide one of the best lacrosse broadcasts in all of the WCLA. They will also broadcast every game of the RMWLL Conference Tournament on the channel. Griffins TV can be found on the web at www.WestminsterGriffins.com/GriffinsTV.
After Friday, Westminster will have 11 days off before playing host to Utah Valley on March 20. They will also then co-host the Salt Lake Classic from March 24-25 at Dumke Field with the Griffins playing games against Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado Mines and Northern Colorado.
ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
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