DeAngelis Hat-Trick Leads Knights To Season Opening Victory

DeAngelis Hat-Trick Leads Knights To Season Opening Victory

DAVIDSON, N.C., Three goals from John DeAngelis helped the Southern Virginia Lacrosse team establish a large lead that it held on to for a season opening win over Davidson, 11-10. The win represents the first time the Knights have won their opener in program history. The game was played in a snowstorm that dumped 3-inches of snow on the field. The conditions made the game difficult for both teams, but SVU found what they needed to get their first win of the season.

The Knights used a big third quarter to overwhelm Davidson, as they scored 5-goals to blow a 4-2 lead open to a 9-4 margin heading into the final period. Along with DeAngelis, SVU got goals from Tommy Trammel (2), Brian Flood (2) and four others with one goal apiece.

Jordan Sorensen was a strong presence for the visitors as he blocked seven Wildcat shots to help preserve the one goal victory. The Knights used a potent offense as they converted almost one out of every three shots into a goal. SVU also displayed a knack for getting the ball, as they won 20-faceoffs to the Wildcats' 9.

"Overall we had a strong opening performance," said Head Coach Chad Mahaffey. "We were down early on, but we regrouped very well. Jordan had a strong game considering he had to pick out a white ball with all the falling snow, and snow on the ground. We're young, but games like this will help us get better.

Mahaffey will also be pleased with the performance, as the team was able to record 5-assists out of the 11-goals for the night. SVU is 1-0, and will return to action Feb. 13 when they face off against Coastal Carolina. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 pm.