SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Southern Virginia University lacrosse team won a back and forth game with Georgia State 13-11, but could not keep up with Savannah College of Art & Design, falling 3-15, as the Knights split at the SCAD Invitational. In the first game, the Knights could not shake a pesky Panther team, as the teams swapped goals for most of the game. An offensive explosion from freshman attacker, Ben Dieker, helped SVU get past GSA with the win.
Dieker had another strong outing for Southern Virginia, scoring six goals, and adding an assist for a 7-point game. Dieker topped his goal and points total from earlier in the year with the offensive output against the Panthers. Tommy Trammel would add another hat-trick for SVU, as he got three goals in his best offensive output of the season.
The Knights scored at a steady pace, recording tow goals in the first period, three in the second, and then using a big third period to establish a lead that would be insurmountable for GSA. SVU would tally three more in the fourth for the 13-11 win. Jordan Sorensen played an important role for the Knights, as the goalie faced 38-shots, saving 22.
SVU entered in to the next match with hosts, and looked to keep the good form going. SCAD had other plans, and used a devastating second half to distance itself from the Knights.
The game had been close in the first term, as Dieker added two more goals for the day, and Baden Bagley added another. Sorensen was keeping the hosts at bay, limiting SCAD to only five goals in the first.
Unfortunately for SVU, energy had been sapped in the first game and first half. SCAD made quick work of Southern Virginia in the second half, tallying 10-goals for the final 15-3 margin of victory. Sorensen faced 40-shots in the second game, saving 26.
The split day gives SVU a 2-3 record on the season. The Knights return to action, Mar. 26 when they host Davidson at the fields. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 pm.