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LATROBE, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– The third-seeded Westminster College men’s lacrosse team won, 11-10, over second-seed Saint Vincent College on the road in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday.
Saint Vincent (8-8) led early, 3-0, with seven minutes left in the first quarter. Westminster (9-6) mustered a 4-0 run to take its first lead of the game (4-3), after sophomore Jesse Dodd (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) found classmate Shane Fisher (Palm Harbor, FL / East Lake), who bounced the ball into the back of the net for the go-ahead score with 12 minutes left in the first half. The Bearcats responded with three unanswered goals and led 6-4 at intermission.

Saint Vincent extended its lead to 7-4 two minutes into the third quarter. The Titans, however, orchestrated another 4-0 run, this time capped off by junior Dante Serra (Center Valley, PA / Southern Lehigh) who weaved through the Bearcat defense for a goal with two minutes left in the third quarter (8-7).
The Bearcats started the final quarter with two-straight goals to take a 9-8 lead with nine minutes remaining. Serra answered with two goals in the following two minutes of play as he answered a minute later with the equalizer (assisted by freshman Joe Rosa (Newton, NJ / Kittatinny Regional) and put Westminster in front, 10-9, with a rocket shot from 10 yards out, after receiving a toss from sophomore Nick Trella (Moon Twp, PA / Moon Area) (8:02). With just under four minutes to play, Fisher found Rosa from 15 yards out for the eventual game-deciding goal. Saint Vincent threatened to tie the game late with a goal with a minute left and had multiple shots with under a minute remaining, however, Titan senior goalkeeper Carter Hall (Zeeland, MI / Zeeland West) saved a potential tying goal with 33 seconds left.

Serra scored a season-and game-high five goals, while adding an assist. Junior Chris Slater (Plum, PA / Central Catholic) and Rosa also had multi-goal games for the Titans with two apiece. Fisher and junior Tyler Nordby (Burnt Hills, NY / Burnt Hills) added a goal each. Dodd tied a game-high with a team-best two assists. Freshman Alexander Hays (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) gathered in a team-high five ground balls, while sophomore Jack Granahan (Aldie, VA / John Champe) earned a team-high two caused turnovers. Between the pipes, Hall collected 15 saves in the complete-game victory.

Wednesday’s win marked the first postseason victory in school history and the first ever over the Bearcats.
The Titans will play the winner of the second semifinal game between top-seed Grove City College and fourth-seed Chatham University for the PAC Title.

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