April 6, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Suffers First Home Loss

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team suffered its first home loss and fourth consecutive loss overall on Friday falling to Elon University 6-17 on The Fields.

Freshman Ryan Larsen (Mesa Arizona), who recently moved from attackman to the midfielder position, was a bright spot for Southern Virginia (2-7) as the freshman netted a team-leading three goals against Elon. 

Larsen is having a tremendous first season for Southern Virginia as the freshman leads the Knights with 23 goals this season. Larsen is also tied for the team lead in assists (8) on the year.

"Ryan was great today in his new position," said first-year co-head coach Stephen Macurdy following Friday's loss. "It's been great to see him progress throughout the year and we're looking forward to his development going forward."

In only his second game at the midfielder position, Larsen won ten of his 21 face-offs on the day.

Wade Kirwan (Havelock, N.C.), who has also had a tremendous freshman campaign for the Knights with eleven goals and six assists on the season, finished with two goals against Elon, while Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.) added his fifth goal of the season in the loss.

Elon led Southern Virginia 2-5 after Friday's opening quarter, before outscoring the Knights 3-8 in the second period on the way to the lopsided victory. 

After recording a career-high 51 saves last week against Liberty, Southern Virginia keeper Scott Trammel (Spring, Texas) struggled against Elon as the Phoenix converted 17-of-22 shots-on-goal against the junior goalie. 

"We're staying positive," said Macurdy. "We look forward to working on things during our final week of practice and trying to close out the season with a win against Appalachian State next Saturday."

Come support men's lacrosse during the Knights final game of the 2012 season next Saturday, Apr. 14 at noon on The Fields.