The No. 13 Westminster College men’s lacrosse team set a school record for goals in a 29-8 win over in-state rival Utah on Saturday evening at Dumke Field.
Westminster scored the game’s first five goals in less than six minutes en route to a third-straight victory. The Griffins are now 8-3 overall this season and 1-1 in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.
After Utah (4-8, 0-1 RMLC) tallied back-to-back goals to make it 5-2 with 6:11 remaining in the opening quarter, the Griffins ran off nine consecutive goals to lead 14-2 with 5:01 to play in the opening half. They would take a 16-7 advantage into halftime when Jake Berard won a faceoff and then went straight to goal with just four seconds remaining.
Westminster outscored the Utes, 10-1, in a third quarter that was played through a mix of rain and hail. The Griffins would tie the old record of 27 goals with a goal by Dylan Check at the 10:41 mark of the fourth quarter. Pace Cranney set the new record just 33 seconds later, and the day was capped with a goal by Taylor Atchison with 7:17 remaining.
The 29 goals broke the record of 27 scored in a win over Wyoming in 2008 and also surpass the old record of 25 goals in a conference games scored against New Mexico in 2008. The 21-goal winning margin is tied for fifth-largest in school history.
The Griffins would also set season-highs with 54 shots and 23 faceoff wins. The 23 faceoffs are the second-most in team history. They also had a 17-15 edge in ground balls and forced 17 Utah turnovers. Westminster was 1-of-3 with the man-advantage and was 18-of-23 in clear attempts while holding Utah to 8-of-13.
Josh Holland and Kyle Postler each finished with eight points which is a season-high by a Griffin player. Holland had six goals and two assists with Postler grabbing four goals and a team-best four assists. Elias Fairman added four goals with Eric Crosby and Graham Archer scoring three goals apiece.
Chris Burckle earned the win in cage by making five saves in 39 minutes. Ben Tourek played the final 21 minutes in goal without allowing a goal and making six stops. Berard was 16-of-21 in faceoffs, and Andrew Baird claimed a team-best four ground balls.
Utah was led by three goals from Bennett Jonas and two goals apiece by David Bicker and Patrick Griffin. Nash Cantrell picked up a five ground balls to lead all players.
Westminster will now close the regular season with four straight road games. The Griffins begin that stretch Friday when they visit No. 2 Colorado.