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FROSTBURG, Md. (Titan Athletics) – Second-seed Westminster College won, 15-14, over third-seed Pfeiffer University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
 
Westminster (10-7) got on the board first when senior Ryan Shorts (Westlake Village, CA / Oak Park) netted the first goal of the game 3:04 into the contest. The game was tied four times and Pfeiffer (8-8) took a two-goal lead twice, with the latest being a 7-5 halftime lead. The Titans responded out of the halftime break, as freshman Joe Rosa (Newton, NJ / Kittatinny Regional) tallied four consecutive goals to push Westminster ahead of the Falcons 9-7. Pfeiffer responded with four consecutive goals of its own, snatching the lead back. The Titans and Falcons traded goals, eventually leading to a 13-12 lead in favor of Pfeiffer midway through the fourth quarter. The Titans tied the game courtesy of a goal from junior Chris Slater (Plum, PA / Central Catholic) to knot the game up at 13 with 7:38 left to play. Westminster took the lead with another goal by Shorts, who bobbed and weaved his way through the Pfeiffer back-line to put the Titans ontop, 14-13, with just under four minutes left in the game. Shorts gave the Titans an insurance goal that proved to be vital with under a minute left, as Pfeiffer scored one more time, and the Titans held on for a 15-14 victory.
 
Rosa led the way with five goals for Westminster, all taking place in the third quarter. Shorts and junior Dante Serra (Center Valley, PA / Southern Lehigh) were right behind with three goals apiece. Slater finished with two goals. Freshman Alexander Hays (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) tallied a team-high six ground balls for the Titans, and won a team-high nine faceoffs. PAC Defensive Player of the Year senior Carter Hall (Zeeland, MI / Zeeland West) started between the pipes, collecting 12 saves.
 
Westminster advances to the ECAC Championship game on Sunday, May 12, where it will take on No. 1 seed Frostburg State University at 1 p..m
 
*Written by Mike Boucher

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