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March 31, 2012

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St. Thomas Pulls Away from Westminster

from press released

SALT LAKE CITY
– The third-ranked Westminster College men's lacrosse team suffered a12-8 loss to No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) on Saturday afternoon at Dumke Field. The game was part of the 2012 Griffin Invitational that is being hosted by Westminster College.

Westminster suffers its first home loss of the season while dropping to 10-2 overall this year. St. Thomas improves to 7-0 while snapping the Griffins six-game winning streak.

It appeared early that St. Thomas was going to run away with the game as they raced out to a 3-0 lead with 6:16 to play in the first quarter. The Griffins responded however, scoring the next five goals of the contest to take a 5-3 lead with 4:34 to play in the half. The experience of St. Thomas showed in the final moments of the half as the Tommies scored twice in the final 1:21 to even the game at 5-5 at the break.

Jake Arthur scored less than two minutes into the second half to put Westminster ahead, 6-5. St. Thomas responded with four straight goals to close out the quarter and take control of the contest. After Kevin Gee got the Griffins within 9-7 at the 11:53 mark of the fourth quarter, St. Thomas responded with the next two goals to lead 11-7 with 10:53 to play. After Gian Sexsmith scored for the Griffins with 10:02 to play, neither team scored until just 20 seconds left when Nikolas Colpitts sealed the win with a goal for the Tommies.

Both teams recorded 38 shots in the game with Westminster putting 21 on cage while St. Thomas had 30 on target. St. Thomas won the ground ball battle 34-33 while the Griffins won 16-of-25 faceoffs. The Griffins went 21-of-28 in clear attempts and scored once on three extra-man opportunities.

Arthur, Sexsmith and Kyle Poster each finished with two goals to lead the Griffins. Arthur and Sexsmith added an assist each for three points. Marshall Serzen won 16 faceoffs and tied with Arthur and Jeff Peters for the team lead with four ground balls. Chris Burckle made a career-high 18 saves protecting the Westminster cage.

Will Hersman and David Burke scored three goals apiece to lead St. Thomas. Kevin Gause picked up a team-high six ground balls while Joe Palermo won 8-of-21 faceoff attempts. Ryan Zellinger earned the win while making 13 saves in the Tommies net.

The earlier game of the day saw No. 10 Concordia (Calif.) survive a late rally from No. 20 Northern Colorado to win 12-10. Concordia led 11-5 entering the fourth before UNC scored five straight to draw within 11-10 with 3:27 to play. Destin Seguin sealed the win for Concordia with a goal with 1:25 on the clock.

The final day of the Griffin Invitational will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a game between St. Thomas and Concordia. The Griffins play Northern Colorado in the finale at noon. The game will be the final home game for the Westminster senior class and they will be recognized prior to the opening faceoff.


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