Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Fueled by freshman Garrett Maw's hat-trick, the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team earned its first victory of the season during Friday's home opener defeating the University of Michigan-Dearborn 6-4 on The Fields.
"I thought we competed really hard out there today," said first-year co-head coach Steve Macurdy. "Maw had a great game playing multiple positions and his performance helped us get an important win."
Maw (N. Ogden, Utah) led the way with four points for the Knights netting three goals and handing out an assist, while fellow freshman Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) added two goals in the win.
Southern Virginia (1-3) found itself with an early deficit after UM-Dearborn (0-1) scored the game's first two goals during the opening ten minutes of action.
Larsen, who leads the Knights with 11 goals this season, cut Southern Virginia's deficit to one (1-2) just before the end of the first quarter converting a beautiful setup from Maw.
The Knights carried the momentum from their late first-quarter goal into the second stanza scoring three quick goals—two from Maw and one from junior Ben Tillotson (Okatie, S.C.)—during a two-and-a-half minute stretch going up 4-2 on the Wolves. Freshman Wade Kirwan (Havelock, N.C.) assisted on two of Southern Virginia's three second-period goals.
After halftime, Dearborn netted the only goal of the third quarter at the 2:39 mark pulling within one (3-4) of the Knights with just over 17 minutes left to play.
Neither team would score again for nearly seven minutes before Dearborn's goalie Andrew Wahl received thirty seconds in the penalty box for slashing. Southern Virginia took advantage of its power play scoring 21 seconds into Wahl's penalty time when Maw beat UM-D's backup goalie on an assist from Tillotson.
Larsen added Southern Virginia's final goal putting the Knights up 6-3 with just over three minutes left in the match. UM-D netting its final goal with 21 ticks left on the clock, but it proved too little, too late for the Wolves as Southern Virginia held on for its first win in four matches this season.
Southern Virginia goalie, sophomore Scott Trammel (Spring, Texas), recorded seven saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
Men's lacrosse hosts the University of New Haven tomorrow, Mar. 3 at 2 p.m. on The Fields.