No. 4 Westminster Starts Strong, Downs Montana State

SALT LAKE CITY Fourth-ranked Westminster used a strong first half to defeat Montana State 13-7 on Friday evening at Dumke Field.

Westminster (9-1) outscored Montana State (5-1) 11-1 in the first half en route to the Griffins fifth straight victory. Westminster scored the first 10 goals of the game and started the scoring barrage started at the 12:23 mark of the first quarter on a strike from Collin Madsen from Cole Christensen. Christensen would score the next two Griffin goals with Gian Sexsmith sandwiching two goals around a tally from Kyle Postler to give the team a 6-0 lead after one quarter.

Sexsmith added four goals and one assist during the second quarter while Kevin Gee scored the other Westminster goal. The MSU tally came from Paul Mariani during an extra-man opportunity at the 3:00 mark of the second. The Griffins then scored three straight goals to push the advantage to 13-1 with 5:12 left in the third quarter.

The Bobcats finished the game by scoring the final six goals of the game. Many of those were scored against Westminster back-ups, including five against reserve goalies. Mariana scored two of the six goals.

Westminster held a 41-23 advantage in shots and recorded 33 ground balls to just 16 from MSU. The Griffins won 16 of 23 faceoffs and were successful of 19 of the team's 29 clear chances. They were just 1 for 6 during extra-man opportunities and allowed two Bobcat goals while playing a man down.

Sexsmith finished the game with six goals and two assists. He attempted 11 shots in the game and put eight on cage. Madsen, Postler and Christensen scored two goals apiece while Gee added the other. Marshall Serzen won 16 of 21 faceoffs and picked up a team-best five ground balls. Jamison Amonino picked up four ground balls and had one assist.

Chris Burckle earned the win in the Westminster cage by allowing just two goals while making four saves over the first three quarters. Adam Marfice played a little over seven minutes while making three saves with no goals allowed. Craig Patrick allowed five goals with one save during his time closing out the game.

Westminster will next play host to the 2012 Griffin Invitational. The tournament will feature six games over three days and features four teams that are all ranked inside the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Griffins open on March 30 at 7:00 p.m. against No. 10 Concordia (Calif.) at Judge Memorial Catholic School's stadium.

2012-03-24



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