Written by Sean Dahlin and Matthew McKinney
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite setting a season-high with five goals scored in a game, the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team suffered its second straight loss on Saturday 22-5 to Randolph College.
The Knights were led by its captains as senior Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.) and sophomore Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) scored two goals apiece for Southern Virginia (0-2) against Randolph (1-0) while sophomore Derek Rush (Esmont, Va.) added a goal and assist.
"Randolph [College] is a solid DIII program we played today," said first-year Head Coach Stephen Macurdy. "I feel Joshua [Neilson] and Ryan [Larsen] had a great game and we're headed in the right direction, still gelling as a team."
After falling behind by two early goals from Wilcats attacker Andrew Gleitz—who recorded four goals in the game—in the first seven-plus minutes of the contest, the Knights cut their deficit in half on an unassisted goal at the 5:55 mark in the first quarter by midfielder Rush for his first career goal.
At that point, Randolph went on a run scoring nine straight goals before Knight midfielder Larsen ended the run 10 minutes into the second stanza, registering an assisted goal from Rush.
Southern Virginia later added another goal with 2:56 remaining before intermission as Neilson scored his first goal of the contest on an assist from freshman midfielder Marcel Blake (Falls Church, Va.) on route to a 14-3 Wildcat advantage at the half.
In the second half, Randolph added eight more goals while the Knights offense added two more unassisted goals each from Larsen and Neilson—Larsen scored midway through the third quarter and Neilson netted a goal with 45 seconds left in regulation.
Both Larsen and Neilson lead the team with three goals scored through two games.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Justin Thompson (Lehi, Utah) finished with a game-high 18 saves for the Knights while Wildcats goalie Cam Davis had 10 saves.
Randolph was led by junior attacker Bobby Crosby who had a game-high five goals on the day.
Men's lacrosse takes off 10 days before heading on the road to take on ODAC-member Bridgewater College on Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m. EST.