March 13, 2013

Knights Drop Fourth Straight to Franciscan

Written by Matthew McKinney and Sean Dahlin 

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite scoring a season-high seven team goals, the Southern Virginia men's lacrosse team lost its fourth consecutive game on Wednesday in its 18-7 home loss to the Franciscan University of Steubenville. 

"We have improved offensively and are doing better on capitalizing when opportunities present themselves," said first-year Head Coach Stephen Macurdy. "Our team will continue to work on defensive execution and get better each practice and each game." 

The game began with the Barons' Sebastian Olsen scoring the first goal at the 6:49 mark of the first quarter. The Knights answered back one-plus minute later to even the score 1-1 on a goal from senior co-captain Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.); however, Franciscan regained the lead with just 1:32 left in the quarter on a Daniel Fay shot into the net. 

After trailing 2-1 through the opening fifteen minutes of the contest, Southern Virginia (0-4) failed to recover from a 9-3 scoring run by Franciscan (1-3) in the second quarter. 

The Barons scored four of the first five goals through the first seven-plus minutes of the second quarter.  The Knights got to within a 6-4 deficit from back-to-back unassisted goals by sophomore midfielder Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) and freshman David Hostetter Randolph, Vt.) respectively. Franciscan, however, entered intermission on a tear scoring five consecutive goals for the 11-4 halftime lead. 

Southern Virginia's Larsen got the second half going netting a goal 27 seconds into the third quarter to pull to within six at 11-5. The Barons went on a 2-1 scoring advantage over the Knights through the rest of the third quarter on goals from Ryan Zbikowski and Sean Wayne. 

Southern Virginia ended the third stanza with Hostetter's third score of the game on an unassisted strike with 2:15 remaining. 

In the fourth quarter, Franciscan stretched its lead with a pair of goals from Sebastian Olson and one apiece by Peter Duran, Fay and Wayne on route to its first program win—2013 is the Barons' first year of men's lacrosse. 

The Knights final point came on an unassisted goal from Hostetter with a man-up advantage and six-plus minutes left in the match. 

Hostetter, who leads the team with eight goals-scored so far, recorded a career-high four goals to lead Southern Virginia. Co-captain Larsen added two goals while fellow-midfielder Joshua Neilson added a goal as well. 

Defensively, goal keeper Justin Thompson (Lehi, Utah) finished the game with 22 saves and sophomore midfielder Derek Rush (Esmont, Va.) registered the Knights' only assist. 

Franciscan's Wayne led all scorers with five goals followed by teammate Olsen who finished with four goals.  Goalie Evan Malchano added a game-high 28 saves. 

Men's Lacrosse will next play in a tri-match on Saturday, Mar. 23, where it will host Virginia Military Institute Club and Radford Club at The Fields.