The Westminster men’s lacrosse team wrapped up its spring break road trip with a 16-5 win at Maryville on Sunday afternoon in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.
Westminster (3-2, 3-0 RMAC) won the final two games of the trip that saw the team play four games in eight days in two different stats and four different cities. The Griffins are the lone RMAC team undefeated in conference play at this early stage of the season.
It was a strong first quarter that had the Griffins in control. After Blake Bruner scored the first goal of the game, Maryville (0-7, 0-4 RMAC) pulled even at 1-1. Thomas Sarjeant and Nick Marcy then alternated four goals between them to end the quarter. Bert Merrill then scored the opening tally of the second quarter to put the Griffins in front, 6-1.
Maryville came back with a pair of man-up goals to cut the Westminster lead in half with 2:16 to play before halftime. The visiting side then ran off seven-straight goals — two apiece from Troy Vance, Nick Stasch and Cole Flinders — to open a 13-3 advantage early in the fourth quarter. The Griffins then closed the victory with the final three goals after the Saints struck twice.
Westminster controlled much of the action at the offensive end where they attempted 43 shots with 28 on goal. The Griffins were 18-of-21 in clearing chances and committed just 12 turnovers.
Marcy finished the afternoon with a team-high six points by adding four assists to his two goals. Sarjeant had three assists for five points, while Flinders and Bruner added three points apiece. Vance and Brian Dejesus led the team with six shots apiece.
Maryville won 13-of-24 faceoffs, but it committed 20 turnovers and only attempted 24 shots. The Griffins had a 40-23 edge in ground balls.
Dalton Tuor led the Griffins with five ground balls, with Vance and Hans Gieschen leading the way with two caused turnovers each.
Four Griffins saw time in cage with Conner McFarlane earning the win with five saves. Kyler Banks finished with three saves.
Brenden Symons led Maryville with three goals and four points.
Westminster is back at Dumke Field on Saturday when the team takes on local MCLA foe Utah. That game is slated for a 3 p.m. opening faceoff.