Westminster lacrosse: a strong fourth quarter propels Griffins to victory
SALT LAKE CITY — The second-ranked Westminster men’s lacrosse team used a strong fourth quarter to claim a 15-11 victory over No. 4 Concordia (Calif.) on Saturday afternoon at Dumke Field.
Westminster (11-4) found themselves trailing for much of the afternoon. Josh Fagan and Destin Seguin opened the game with back-to-back goals from Concordia (8-2) to give it the early 2-0 lead. The Griffins countered with two goals from Elias Fairman and Kyle Postler, and another from Jake Arthur in the quarter, but they still trailed 6-5 after one.
After Seguin scored to start the second quarter, Cole Christensen and Arthur struck for the Griffins to level the game at 7-7 with 2:10 until halftime. Concordia took the 8-7 lead into halftime as Scott Jackson scored as time expired in the period.
Westminster's first lead of the game came on a goal from Arthur at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter to put Westminster in front 10-9 before it eventually went to the fourth quarter level at 10-10.
The Griffins assumed control of their fifth-straight win with three goals in the first 2:41 of the fourth quarter. Collin Madsen tallied the first of the stretch before Brian Tyrrell notched two straight to make it 13-10. Jackson added another for Concordia at the 11:25 mark before Tyrrell and Postler finished the game with consecutive goals for the Griffins.
Westminster had a 62-35 edge in shots taken in the game and managed 33 of those attempts on target. The Griffins had a 47-41 advantage in ground balls and were successful on 22-of-26 clearing attempts. The Griffins scored twice on eight man-up opportunities, while winning 16 of the game’s 29 faceoffs.
Arthur, Tyrrell and Poster finished with three goals apiece with Postler adding three assists for a game-high six points. Madsen and Fairman matched each other with two goals and two assists. Andy Butterfield picked up six ground balls, and Madsen was 7-of-10 on faceoffs with five ground balls.
Erik Gronseth got the start in cage and made seven saves while playing the first half. Chris Burckle played the second half to earn the win behind six saves and allowing just three goals.
Seguin led Concordia with four goals and one assist with Jackson adding three goals and one assist. Cody Cook made eight saves in the first half before Kelly McMinn made 10 stops after halftime for the Eagles.
Westminster will return to action on April 13 when it welcomes in-state rival BYU to Dumke Field. The final home game of the season begins at 1 p.m. with the Griffins senior class be honored before the start of the game.
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