Griffins hold off late rally from Concordia
March 30, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY – The third-ranked Westminster College men’s lacrosse team survived a late rally by No. 10 Concordia (Calif.) to pick up a 17-12 victory at the 2012 Griffin Invitational on Friday. The first day of the tournament was played at Judge Memorial’s football stadium.
Westminster is now 10-1 overall this season and six straight overall. They have a perfect 9-0 record in game counted by the MCLA. Concordia drops to 9-2 overall with the loss.
The Griffins started the game strong and raced out to a 4-0 lead with 6:41 remaining in the first quarter. The lead would grow to 10-1 at the 6:18 mark of the second quarter and Westminster carried a 12-4 advantage into the halftime intermission. The third quarter saw the Griffins outscore Concordia 3-2 to open up a 15-6 advantage entering the final 15 minutes.
Concordia scored the first two goals of the fourth and eventually finished with a 5-1 run in the quarter to cut the deficit to 16-11 with 1:13 remaining. Each team would tally a goal in the final minute with the Eagles striking the game’s final goal with just one second showing on the clock.
Westminster had a 56-30 advantage in total shots attempted and they put 33 of those shots on cage. The Griffins picked up 42 ground balls to just 26 by the Eagles and were successful on 16-of-18 clear attempts. The game featured 17 penalties with the Griffins scoring four goals on 11 chances with the man-advantage.
Gian Sexsmith led Westminster with five goals in the contest while adding one assist for six points. He scored all of his goals in the first half of the game, including three in the first nine minutes. Jake Arthur added four goals and one assist while attempting a team-best 13 shots. Matt Hearn scored three goals and had seven points by adding a game-high four assists.
Marshall Serzen was again solid on faceoffs for the Griffins. The senior won 21 of his 29 faceoff attempts and also led the team with 11 ground balls. Pat Hagan and Sexsmith picked up four ground balls apiece while Arthur, Hearn and Jeff Peters had three each. Chris Buckle allowed eight goals while making four stops to earn the win. Adam Marfice recorded one save during his time in goal.
Josh Fagan had a huge evening for Concordia with seven goals on eight shots. Adam Wallace scored two goals and Destin Seguin had one goal and two assists. The Eagles went 4-of-8 with the extra-man advantage.
The first game of the day saw No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) defeat No. 20 Northern Colorado, 12-3. St. Thomas scored seven straight goals in the first half to take control of the game. They finished with a 40-29 advantage in shots and put 25 of those attempts on cage.
Day two of the Griffin Invitational will move to Dumke Field on the campus of Westminster College. The first game on Saturday will begin at 1 p.m. with Concordia playing Northern Colorado. Westminster and St. Thomas will play in the second game with a 4:00 p.m. start time.
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