Written by Chris Pendleton
WALESKA, Ga.—The Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team opened its season on Saturday with two close-fought losses falling to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in overtime 7-8 followed by a 11-12 loss to Reinhardt University.
In its first game of the season, Southern Virginia (0-2) jumped out to an early lead over UT-Chattanooga, but the Knights were unable to stave off a late comeback by the Mocs eventually suffering their first of two one-point losses on the day—this one coming in overtime
Freshman Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) led the Knights in points against UT-Chattanooga finishing with four of Southern Virginia's seven goals to go along with an assist totaling five points for the match.
Junior Ben Tillotson (Okatie, S.C.) recorded his first two goals of the season against the Mocs, while freshman Wade Kirwan (Havelock, N.C.) rounded out Southern Virginia's scoring with his frist goal as a Knight.
Goalie Scott Trammel (Spring, Texas) finished with 17 saves against the Mocs.
Following its overtime loss to UT-Chattanooga, Southern Virginia trailed Reinhardt 3-5 after one quarter, but outscored the Eagles 6-2 in the second stanza taking a 9-7 lead into halftime.
Still leading by two goals (11-9) entering the fourth quarter, Southern Virginia was unable to score in the final period, while Reinhardt rallied for three goals in the final fifteen minutes to complete its comeback victory over the Knights.
Larsen again led the way against Reinhardt recording a team-high four points while scoring two goals and dishing out two assists.
Junior Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.) added three goals in the loss, while freshmen Maw and Kirwan netted two goals apiece.
Wixom chipped in two assists and one goal for the Knights, while Trammel saved 21 of Reinhardt's 33 shots on goal to finish the day with 38 total saves.
"I was really proud of the way our guys competed today," said first-year Co-Head Coach Stephen McCurdy. "We could have hung our heads after a tough loss to Reinhardt, but instead we gave UT-Chattanooga a great game. We took some positive steps today and we'll continue to improve going forward."
Men's lacrosse has two weeks off before traveling to Davidson University on Saturday, Feb. 25 for a match at 2 p.m. EDT.