PITTSBURGH, Pa. – For the second time in three seasons, the Westminster men's lacrosse team advanced to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship as the No. 3-seeded Titans won, 7-6, at No. 2 seed Chatham in the PAC Semifinals Wednesday evening.
The matchup lived up to the billing as it was a close bout throughout the entire contest. Chatham (6-5, 4-1 PAC) tied it, 6-6, in the fourth quarter following back-to-back goals, all in 45 seconds, with 10:58 on the clock. Westminster (9-4, 3-3 PAC), who never trailed, showcased impressive ball movement as junior Shawn Kernaghan (Denver, PA / Cocalico) flicked the ball to sophomore Ryan Greer (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) who scored from 10 yards out to the lower right corner of the net, netting his game-high third goal.
Greer scored the first goal of the game, after receiving a pass from senior Romano Veneziano (Pittsburgh, PA / Pittsburgh Online Academy). The Cougars matched the goal, however, junior Joe Rosa (Newton, NJ / Kittatinny Regional) put the Titans back in front, 2-1, with a goal in the ninth minute. Chatham tied it again and the game was knotted up 2-2 at the end of one quarter. The Titans scored two-straight points to start the second quarter, courtesy of goals by each Rosa and first-year Payton Waight (Ithaca, NY / Ithaca), and led 4-2 with five minutes to play in the half. The Cougars cut Westminster's lead, 4-3, and the score remained at halftime.
Chatham tied the game at 4 with the first goal of the second half, however, the Titans answered as they matched their largest lead of the game with consecutive goals from sophomore Boyd Foster (Lincoln, RI / Lincoln) and Greer and led 6-4 going into the final frame.
Titan senior Nick Trella (Moon Twp, PA / Moon Area) tied a career-high with a game-high two assists. Junior Mike Roman (Washington, PA / Germantown Academy) gathered in a game-high nine ground balls, to go along with his team-best three caused turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Doyle (Glen Aubrey, NY / Whitney Point) collected 11 saves in a complete-game effort.
Westminster led in shots-on-goal, 23-17, and had a 11-6 face-off advantage.
The Titans will travel to Grove City, PA as they look to avenge No. 1 seed Grove City for the PAC Title on Saturday, May 8 at 7 p.m. The Wolverines won the PAC Championship matchup in 2019, the Titans' first Championship appearance in school history.