Westminster lacrosse: Arizona stuns Griffins in overtime

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 7:30 p.m. MDT

The 16th-ranked Westminster College men’s lacrosse team saw a five-goal lead disappear in an 11-10 overtime loss to No. 20 Arizona on Thursday evening at Dumke Field.

Westminster (4-2) used back-to-back goals from Elias Fairman in the first 94 seconds to open a 2-0 lead. The Griffins pushed the first quarter lead to 4-1 when Eric Crosby scored at the 8:02 mark of the period. Arizona closed the quarter with consecutive goals to trail, 4-3, after one.

Kyle Postler scored the only two goals of the second quarter and sent the Griffins into halftime with a 6-3 advantage. Chris Burckle dominated the quarter in cage as he turned away nine Arizona (6-1) shots in the 15 minutes. Westminster pushed the lead to 8-3 with goals from Postler and Fairman less than a minute into the third quarter.

Arizona then took control of the game with six straight goals to take a 9-8 lead early in the fourth quarter. It tied the game at 8-8 when Tyler Doran found the back of the net with 0.1 seconds on the third quarter clock. Trailing for the first time, Westminster countered with goals from Postler and Collin Madsen to retake the lead with 10:16 remaining.

Hunter Gore pulled the visiting Wildcats even when he scored at the 7:30 mark of the fourth. After neither team scored down the stretch, the game headed to overtime tied at 10-10. Jake Berard won the overtime faceoff, but Zach Ashourian made a leaping defensive play to force the ball out. Arizona picked up the ground ball, and Ben Brehen got the ball to William Stanaback for the winning goal just 27 seconds into the extra period.

Westminster finished the game with 37 shots with 19 of them on cage. The Griffins held a 28-21 edge in ground balls and won 15-of-24 faceoffs. The Griffins committed 20 turnovers to only 12 from Arizona, and they were successful with 16-of-20 clearing attempts. Both teams were 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.

Postler finished the game with four goals, and Fairman had three. Fairman also recorded two assists while Postler took a game-high 12 shots. Berard went 15-of-23 in faceoffs and led the Griffins with six ground balls. Burckle finished the game with 15 saves, his most in a game since 2012.

Brehne led Arizona with three goals, and Cameron Wilhite and Doran scored 2 apiece. The Wildcats had a 45-37 edge in shot attempts and were 15-of-18 in clearing attempts.

Westminster looks to bounce back on Sunday when it returns to action with a home game against Idaho. The opening faceoff takes place at noon MDT at Dumke Field.

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