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Westminster lacrosse: Griffins win at Rockhurst in first-ever RMAC game

Kira Heiden runs with the ball. She scored seven goals as the Griffins won at Rockhurst, 20-12, on Sunday evening.
Kira Heiden runs with the ball. She scored seven goals as the Griffins won at Rockhurst, 20-12, on Sunday evening.
Bob McLellan

Playing its first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game, the Westminster women’s lacrosse team picked up a 20-12 win at Rockhurst on Sunday evening at Bourke Field.

Westminster (1-1, 1-0 RMAC) scored twice in the game’s opening minute as it raced out to an early 6-1 advantage. After Kira Heiden extended the lead to 8-2 with 13:45 to play in the first half, Rockhurst (2-3, 0-1) started the chip away. The Hawks scored with four seconds left in the half to send the game to intermission with the Griffins leading 10-6.

It was Rockhurst that scored the opening tally of the second half before Westminster took charge. Heiden scored back-to-back goals to spark a five goal run that ended with the Griffins leading 15-7 with 13:29 remaining. The Hawks couldn’t get closer than six the rest of the game, and Morgan Bakarich sealed the historic win with consecutive goals in the final seven minutes.

Heiden had a career day for the Griffins with seven goals and nine points. Her seven goals are tied for fifth most in a game in team history. She put 10 of her 12 shots on goal and had two draw controls and one ground ball.

Bakarich added four goals and one assist in the win as she put all five of her shots on cage. Madison Ingman notched three goals and an assist, while Hannah Carter went for two goals and two assists. The Griffins also got two goals each from Abby Sebastian and Katie Adams.

Westminster held a 32-31 edge in shots and put 30 of those chances on cage. The Griffins claimed 21-of-34 raw controls and went 15-of-20 in clearing chances.

Taylor Hekking earned her first career win in goal with 12 saves in 52 minutes. Caitlyn Laffey made her Griffin debut with two saves.

Hannah Weisbod led the Hawks with three goals and four points. She took 10 shots and had four draw controls. Leena Nabulsi suffered the loss in cage, allowing five goals in just more than six minutes.

The Griffins continue their trip to Missouri on Tuesday when they face No. 3 Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri. The game begins at 6 p.m. MT, and live video and stats will be available via Westminster's website.