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February 12, 2013

Griffins Set to Begin Year at Full House Faceoff

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Westminster Lacrosse

SALT LAKE CITY – The Westminster College men’s lacrosse team is set to begin the 2013 season this weekend at the Full House Faceoff in Henderson, Nev. The third-ranked Griffins open the year on Friday against No. 19 Cal State Fullerton at 5:30 p.m. Westminster then plays twice on Saturday, first against No. 1 Saint Thomas (Minn.) at noon and then against Biola (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m.

Every game of the FHFO will be played at the Russell Road Sports Complex. A complete tournament schedule can be found at WestminsterGriffins.com/fullhouselax.

Westminster begins the season with a No. 3 national ranking and the favorites to win the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference. They return 24 players from the 2012 squad that finished 16-4 and won a second straight RMLC championship. The Griffins also welcome in 11 newcomers to help replace the 17 players lost from last year’s team.

The Griffins averaged 15 goals per game last season while attempting 44.8 shots per contest. They totaled 174 assists on their 300 goals and scored on 28-of-69 opportunities when playing a man-up (40.6 percent). Westminster scored in double figures in all but two games during the 2012 season and nine times went for at least 17 goals.

On the defensive end, Westminster surrendered 7.65 goals per outing and allowed just 26.7 shot attempts per game. The opposition converted 21.5 percent of their man-up chances (14-65) while posting 61 assists. The Griffins held a 716-436 edge in ground balls and won 71.4 percent of faceoffs. Westminster had a clear success rate of 79.4 percent while limiting the opposition to 61.2 percent.

Griffins senior Jake Arthur was named as the MCLA DII Preseason Player of the Year. Arthur scored 53 goals last season and added 12 assists for 65 points. He led the team with 165 shots and put 107 of them on cage. Arthur twice tallied the game-winner for the Griffins while adding four goals with the man-advantage.

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Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college.  With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visitwww.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC or WestminsterPR on Twitter.