WCLA: Big First Half Enough for Griffins
03.17.2013 - By Westminster Lacrosse

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse

Westminster Griffins LacrosseSALT LAKE CITY – The 16th-ranked Westminster College women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 11 Colorado 14-12 on Sunday afternoon at Dumke Field in the their Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League opener.

Westminster improves to 5-2 overall this season with a second consecutive victory. They are 1-0 in RMWLL play and they move into a first-place tie with BYU. Colorado drops to 4-6 overall and 0-2 with the loss.

It was a fast start for the Griffins that carried them on Sunday. After Andie Solomon gave CU the early 1-0 lead, Westminster scored the next nine goals of the contest. Chelsea Farrell and Maggie HerrNeckar each scored three time during the 9-0 run and Farrell also assisted on three of the goals. CU would get back-to-back goals to close the half to send the game to halftime with the Griffins holding a 9-2 lead.

Torey Cole would make it 9-4 with her goal at the 25:08 mark of the second half. That was answered with three straight Griffin goals, including the final two from Farrell, to give them a 12-4 lead with 22:42 to play. After the two teams traded goals, the Westminster advantage was 13-5 with 19:05 left in the half.

Colorado would then mount a rally by scoring six consecutive goals in a nine minute stretch. Sarah Lautman scored three of the goals and when Avery Toothman found the back of the net with 10:08 to play the Griffin lead had dwindled to 13-11.  The Griffins would maintain possession for the next few minutes before Farrell scored with 4:12 left to make it 14-11. Lautman would add a final goal for Colorado at the 1:38 mark, but that would be the final goal of the afternoon.

After holding a 14-11 edge in shots at halftime, Westminster was outshot 16-6 in the second half and CU had a 27-20 edge for the game. The Buffaloes also had a 17-10 edge in ground balls and a 14-10 lead in draw controls. The Griffins took advantage of free-position chances where they scored on 4-o-f-5 opportunities while CU was just 2-of-5.

Farrell finished the game with nine points after scoring six goals and posting three assists. The senior took eight shots with seven on cage and three ground balls. HerrNeckar added four goals and one assist for a total of five points. She led the Griffins with three draw controls. Kaicee Beal scored two goals and Dana Barraco had one goal and two assists. Makenzie Hekking had a big game in cage for the Griffins with 10 saves.

Lautman led CU with four goals while Toothman added three goals and one assist. Kaley Lund claimed three draw controls and Reika Ushihara recorded four saves.

Westminster will be back in action on Friday as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State. The first of two straight road games for the Griffins will begin at 7 p.m. MDT.

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