Lacrosse Ends Season with Loss on Senior Day

Lacrosse Ends Season with Loss on Senior Day

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team ended its season on Saturday with a 10-18 loss at home to Appalachian State University as the Knights finished out 2012 on a five-game slide.

"We ended the season with a hard-fought game," said first-year co-head coach Stephen Macurdy following Saturday's loss. "Our coaching staff feels like we now have some great building blocks in place to help us compete at a high level as we make the jump to NCAA Division III."

Appalachian State (5-4) jumped out to an early lead over Southern Virginia (2-8) outscoring the Knights 9-2 during Saturday's first quarter.

The Knights fought back, however, and outscored Appalachian State 3-1 during the second period cutting their deficit to five goals (5-10) before halftime. 

Southern Virginia's deficit remained five heading into the final period after both teams netted four goals during the third, but Appalachian State pulled away in the fourth as the Knights finished 2-8 for the second consecutive season.

Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) led Southern Virginia again with three goals and an assist against Appalachian State.

Larsen has had a tremendous freshman campaign for the Knights leading the team in both goals (26) and points (35) on the year, while finishing second in assists (9).

Fellow-freshman Garrett Maw (N. Ogden, Utah), who is Southern Virginia's leading assist man (10) and second-leading scorer (14) on the year, added two goals and two assists in the loss.

Freshman Wade Kirwan (Havelock, N.C.) also finished with two goals on Monday, while junior Ben Tillotson (Okatie, S.C.) added one goal as the pair finished tied for the third-most goals (13) this season.

Freshman Tylor Cooper (Havelock, N.C.) and junior Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.) each added a goal apiece to round out the scoring for the Knights.

Monday's loss also marked the final game for two Southern Virginia seniors—Thomas Canady (Bedford, Va.) and Bradon Yorgason (Eagle Mountain, Utah).

"Our seniors Thomas and Bradon played great for us defensively, and first-year player Alex Wixom came up big time and time again with hustle plays that don't show up in the score book," said Macurdy.