Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Fueled by a career day from freshman attackman Ryan Larsen, the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team routed the University of New Haven at The Fields on Tuesday as the Knights cruised past the Chargers 15-6 for their second consecutive victory at home.
Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.), who leads the Knights with 20 goals and seven assists through five games, finished with 11 points against New Haven, while recording career highs in both goals (8) and assists (3).
"Ryan was awesome today," said first-year co-head coach Stephen Macurdy. "That was one of the best individual performances in our program's history and it really raised everyone's level of play."
Larsen assisted on the game's first goal scored by Wade Kirwan (Havelock, N.C.) and then scored four of Southern Virginia's next five first-half goals as the Knights jumped out to a 6-2 advantage by intermission.
New Haven rallied early in the third quarter scoring three unanswered goals during the first six minutes following halftime pulling within a single score (6-5) of the Knights.
Larsen's fifth goal of the match at the 5:42 mark of the third period ended the Chargers' comeback, however, and sparked Southern Virginia's offense as the Knights outscored New Haven 9-1 over the final 21 minutes of action.
Garrett Maw (N. Ogden, Utah) had another solid outing for Southern Virginia as the freshman recorded his second consecutive hat-trick of the weekend.
Kirwan finished with two goals and junior Ben Tillotson (Okatie, S.C.) also scored a pair of goals, while handing out a pair of assists.
Southern Virginia (2-3) outshot New Haven (1-1) 45-27 for the match, including a 24-15 advantage for shots on goal.
The Knights' goalie Scott Trammel picked up his second win saving nine of the Chargers' 15 on-goal attempts.
After collecting its first two wins of the season, Southern Virginia has ten days off before traveling to Richmond, Va., on Mar. 13 for a match with the University of Richmond at 7:30 p.m.