February 25, 2012

Turnovers Costly as Knights Fall to Davidson

Written by Chris Pendleton

DAVIDSON, N.C.—Turnovers proved costly for the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team against Davidson on Saturday as the Knights suffered their third consecutive defeat with a 7-15 loss to the Wildcats.

Davidson (2-4) jumped out to an 8-0 lead over Southern Virginia (0-3) as turnovers forced the Knights to spend most of the opening period on defense.

Freshman attackman Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) sparked the Knights' offense in the second quarter scoring Southern Virginia's first three goals of the match, while junior Ben Tillotson (Okatie, S.C.) added a goal of his own as the Knights outscored Davidson 4-3 for the period and entered halftime down seven (4-11).

Turnovers continued to plague Southern Virginia following intermission, however, as two separate miscues by the Knights led directly to Davidson goals during the third quarter. Freshman midfielder Wade Kirwan (Havelock, N.C.) netted the Knights' lone goal of the third period making it 5-13 heading into the final 15 minutes of play. 

Southern Virginia was uanable to mount a serious comeback during the fourth qurter as both the Knights and Wildcats added two goals apiece in the final stanza to reach the end score.

Larsen found the back of the net again in the fourth quarter as the freshman, who leads the Knights with ten goals in three matches this season, finished with four total goals and an assist for a team-high five points on the day.

Southern Virginia scored its seventh and final goal on a beautiful clear by senior defenseman Brandon Yorason (Eagle Mountain, Utah) leading to Tillotson's second goal against the Wildcats.

Freshman Garrett Maw (N. Ogden, Utah) and junior Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.) each recorded an assist against Davidson. 

Lacrosse has six days off before its home opener on Friday, Mar. 2 against the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 3:30 p.m. EDT on The Fields. 

Following Friday's match, the Knights will face a quick turnaround when they host the University of New Haven on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 2 p.m. EDT.