No. 3 Westminster Cruises Past Biola at Full House Face-Off

HENDERSON, Nev. - Westminster College 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.

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 an RMLC showdown with Western State on Wednesday.


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