No. 1 Saint Thomas Holds Off Griffins
HENDERSON, Nev. – The Westminster College men’s lacrosse team came up just short against the No. 1 ranked St. Thomas (Minn.). The third-ranked Griffins fought off several deficits, falling just short, losing 11-10.
Westminster suffers its first loss of the season and drops to 1-1 overall. St. Thomas goes to 2-0 on the young season with the victory.
St. Thomas scored on their first possession but Westminster responded with an extra-man goal by Junior Midfielder Kevin Gee on an assist from Sophomore Attackmen Kyle Postler. The Tommies reeled off back to back goals at the 4:40 and 4:02 marks to take a 3-1 lead. Both teams had close calls but the first quarter ended at 3-1 for St. Thomas.
Westminster tied the game in the early second quarter with goals by Junior Attackmen Cole Christensen and Junior Midfielder Collin Madsen. The Tommies didn’t take long to regain the lead, notching two goals in two minutes to take a 5-3 lead. The Tommies scored one more before the halftime whistle, making the score 6-3.
St. Thomas and the Griffins swapped goals in the beginning of the second half. St. Thomas went on a two goal run at the six-minute mark that gave them their biggest lead, 9-4. Westminster Freshman Midfielder Dominic Conti scored his first collegiate goal at the 4:04 mark to bring the Griffins one goal closer.
In the fourth quarter, the Griffins had three goal run that only took a minute off the clock to make the score 9-8 for St. Thomas. Christensen started the run at the 11:57 mark. Faceoff Specialist Matt Lambourne won the ending face-off and took the ball to the cage, shooting and scoring. Freshman Midfielder Bryan Tyrrell scored just 40 seconds later on an extra-man goal.
Within a minute, St. Thomas responded with two goals of their own. The Griffins scored another goal at the 5:39 mark, cutting the deficit to 11-9. The Griffins were able to get the ball with just under two minutes remaining, but were unable to find the back of the net. Freshman Midfielder Elias Fairman gave the Griffins bench a spark when he scored with eight seconds remaining, but the ensuing faceoff resulted in a scrum as time expired.
Lambourne and Junior Midfielder Jamison Amonino split face-offs with Lambourne winning five and Amonino winning nine. Junior Goalie Chris Burckle tallied 19 saves. Tyrrell tallied four ground balls for the Griffins.
The Griffins will play a second game later today against Biola (Calif.) starting at 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Head Coach Mason Goodhand
– How does playing tough competition early on help your team?
“You just saw the reason we have the Full House Face Off. Those are the kind of games the players learn from. The little things that just happened will make a player better for the rest of the season. It’s hard to get good games in a weekend in MCLA D-II.”
– Who stood out to you today?
“Matt Lambourne gets my game ball today. We’ve asked him to change his style of play and he’s done it for us and we’re seeing the fruits of that. He is out of the penalty box and is doing what he should.”
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