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Westminster lacrosse: Griffins visit Arizona, host Arizona State this week

Blake Bruner (front-center) runs from a defender. The Griffins play Arizona and Arizona State during games this week.
Blake Bruner (front-center) runs from a defender. The Griffins play Arizona and Arizona State during games this week.
Bob McLellan

The Westminster men’s lacrosse team closes out its busy slate with two games against teams from the MCLA. The Griffins play at Arizona on Tuesday at 5 p.m. MT, in Tucson, Arizona. They then return home to host Arizona State on Thursday at 4 p.m. MT, at Dumke Field.

Thursday’s game will complete a span of four games in six days in four different states for the Griffins.

Westminster closes this stretch of games with a 2-1 overall record. The games against MCLA teams don’t count toward the season record or statistics. The Griffins are 1-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play as they play their first season in the conference.

The Griffins are averaging 13.0 goals per game to rank second in the RMAC. They are taking 39.7 shots per contest and putting 65.5 percent of those chances on cage. Josh Holland leads the team with 11 goals and 14 points. He also leads the RMAC by taking 10.0 shots per game. Cole Flinders has scored eight goals. Thomas Sarjeant has a team-best nine assists, and he leads the RMAC at 3.0 assists per game.

Westminster is holding the opposition to 9.33 goals per game with opponents taking 37.0 shots per outing. The team has forced 35 turnovers with 23 caused turnovers. The Griffins are winning 64.5 percent of faceoffs – second in the RMAC – and they pick up 26.33 ground balls per game. They have a .793 clearing percentage and are allowing .793 clearing to the opposition.

Philip Cannell has become the leader in goal for the Griffins, and he has gone 2-1 with an 8.00 goals-against average on the year. Cannell has a team-best 36 saves with a .632 save percentage. He has twice been named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week and had a career-high 21 saves at Whittier on March 5.

The Griffins have gone 4-of-13 on the man-advantage this season with two goals apiece from Holland and Flinders. They have killed off 63.6 percent of man-down opportunities having allowed four goals.