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Quick Sticks: Westminster Finishes FHFO with 16-1 Win over Biola

0 - Published February 17, 2013 by in Press Release

For Immediate Release – February 16, 2013

Men’s Lacrosse Finishes FHFO with 16-1 Win over Biola

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Westminster College men’s lacrosse team finished their three game weekend with a 16-1 romp over Biola (Calif.) on Saturday night at the Full House Face Off.

Westminster completes the first weekend of the season at 2-1 after splitting two games on Saturday. Biola falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss.

Westminster Lacrosse

Sophomore Attackmen Kyle Postler continued to perform, scoring the first goal of the game for the Griffins on a great feed by fellow attackmen, Sophomore Brian Tyrrell. The Griffins tired legs from playing St. Thomas earlier in the day were apparent early on, but the Griffins dug deep and continued to outperform the Eagles. Senior Midfielder Jake Arthur scored with 5:35 left in the first quarter to give the Griffins a 2-0 lead. Arthur scooped up a loose ball at the midfield line, ran to the other side of the field, dodging defenders and took it to the hole, shooting low and away for the goal. That goal sparked another two goals in less than a minute by Junior Midfielder Andy Butterfield and Freshman Midfielder Taylor Atchison. Junior Attackmen Adam Marfice notched two goals in the last minute of the quarter, giving the Griffins a comfortable 6-0 lead.

The second quarter and third quarters was more of the same with Westminster continuing to take long possessions, working the ball around and focusing on proper execution of their offensive sets. Junior Midfielder Collin Madsen, Marfice and Tyrrell all added tallies to the score. At halftime, Westminster held a 9-0 lead. Tyrrell and Marfice scored the only goals of the third quarter from feeds by Junior Attackmen Cole Christensen and Tyrrell assisting Marfice.

Biola scored their lone goal of the night at the 8:41 mark. Westminster continued to find open looks from cuts and dodges, Madsen, Freshman Midfielder Jon Vance, Arthur and Marfice all finding the back of the net.

Three Griffins took turns at the faceoff X with Vance winning six, Junior Faceoff Specialist Richard Chen won four and Freshman Midfielder Dominic Conti won two in his first turns on the center X. The Griffins only lost four total faceoffs on the night.

Freshman Goalie Erik Gronseth started in the cage, saving five shots. The second half saw another Freshman Goalie, Benjamin Tourek, continue to play well in the crease for the Griffins.

Postler scooped up five ground balls and was one of 16 Westminster players to register at least on ground ball.

Westminster will head to Colorado on Friday for a showdown with Colorado, defending MCLA D-I Champions Colorado State on Saturday, a scrimmage with NCAA D-II Adams State on Tuesday and a RMLC showdown with Western State on Wednesday.

QUOTES

Westminster Head Coach Mason Goodhand

– Talk about having games where guys are getting reps and the offense is slowed down.

“One of the things we are trying to work on is not having any peaks or valleys in the quality of our play and focus on execution. It doesn’t really matter who you play, what matters is how well you execute what you are trying to do. The idea of being a good team that executes doesn’t rely on the other team.”

– Talk about the weekend as a whole.

“The season isn’t won in the first part of the season, it’s what you learn from the first part and what you do with it. This was a really good tournament for us. I thought we could have gone 3-0 but St. Thomas earned their win today and so we have some ammo and some things to work and we’ll have some film to break down.”

Westminster Offensive Coach Brad Levoie

– Talk about the weekend, what did you do well?

“Three of the major components that we feel separates us is that we pick up ground balls, we ride and we clear. I thought we did those three things well this weekend. The offense has a lot of work to do. The defense was excellent.”

– Which player surprised you this weekend?

“Dom Conti, No. 19. He is a guy that played really well this weekend and earned his stripes. We weren’t expecting him to come along this fast and we are certainly looking forward to his development.”

ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

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, visit www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC or WestminsterPR on Twitter.

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