Westminster beats Utes in men’s lacrosse

SALT LAKE CITY – Playing at home for just the second time this season, the fifth-ranked Westminster College men’s lacrosse team defeated in-state rival Utah 15-5 on Wednesday evening.

The Griffins (7-1) started the game on a roll as they scored the game’s first goal just 37 seconds into the contest. Westminster would score the first three goals before a Utah (5-3) tally right before the end of the first quarter made it 3-1 at the first break. The Griffins were relentless over the next two periods, outscoring the Utes 9-0 during the middle two quarters. The run would reach 12 consecutive goals for Westminster as they built a 15-1 advantage with 11:06 remaining. Utah would score the final four goals of the game to limit the final deficit.

The complete domination is shown in the final statistics. Westminster had a 41-20 advantage in shots attempted while also grabbing a 51-25 edge in ground balls. The Griffins won 18-of-23 faceoffs and were successful on 15-of-18 clear attempts.

Jake Arthur posted a huge game with a Griffin season-high six goals. Gian Sexsmith added three goals and one assists to score four points. His three give him 100 in his career and make him just the second player in school history to reach the century mark.  Andy Butterfield added two goals. Marshall Serzen recorded wins on 16-of-21 faceoffs while picking up a team-best eight ground balls. Chris Burckle made 10 saves while allowing just three goals while protecting the Westminster cage.

Utah got goals from five different players, including one from Patrick Griffins on his four shots. Cody Pilot collected seven ground balls for the Utes.

Westminster will return to action on Saturday when they host the first RMLC division game of the season against Utah Valley at 1 p.m.. That game be available to Griffins TV.

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