Written by Matthew McKinney and Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team dropped its sixth straight match on Saturday, losing both games in the home tri-match to Virginia Military Institute Club 20-6 and Radford University Club 14-6.
"We're starting to see marked improvement on both ends of the field," said first-year Head Coach Stephen Macurdy. "We are moving closer and will continue to work toward the objective of earning our first victory of the season."
In the opener of the tri-match, Southern Virginia (0-5) was unable to overcome the VMI Club's 10-0 run in the 11-plus minutes of the contest despite sophomore midfielder Ryan Larsen's (Mesa, Ariz.) team-high four goals.
The Knights' first goal came with just under two minutes left in the first quarter as senior midfielder Joshua Neilson (Turlock, Calif.) pushed the ball past the net after receiving a cross-field pass from freshman midfielder Marcel Blake (Falls Church, Va.).
The Keydets moved along with a 5-0 run of their own—including the first four goals of the second quarter—before Southern Virginia's Larsen recorded an unassisted goal at the 1:27 mark in the second stanza, leading to a 15-2 deficit at the intermission.
Throughout the third quarter, the Knights and VMI Club each recorded a pair of goals. The Keydets Tim Borseig and Christian Addison netted two assisted scores at the 12:58 and 10:19 marks while Southern Virginia's Larsen took a Derek Rush (Esmont, Va.) pass around the opposing goal keeper with less than two minutes left followed by a David Hostetter (Randolph, Vt.) score 50 seconds later in a man-up advantage for the Knights.
VMI Club's final three goals in the remaining 15 minutes of the contest were made by David Souliotis. Southern Virginia attempted to rally back as Larsen scored his third and fourth goals of the match highlighted by a man-up netter off a pass from Neilson with 9:14 left in the game; however, the rally fell short as time expired on the clock.
The Keydets were led by attacker Borseig's game-high six assists.
Freshman Chris Snyder (Miles City, Mont.) registered ten saves in his first career start at goalie while freshman midfielder Derek Rush (Esmont Va.) finished with one assist in the loss.
In the final competition of the tri-match at The Fields, Radford Club jumped ahead early 3-0 with a goal apiece from Tyler Johnson, Tyler McCullough and Josh D'Antoni in the opening five-plus minutes respectively before Rush put Southern Virginia (0-6) on the board at the 8:15 mark in the first quarter off a pass from teammate Larsen.
The Highlanders added three more scores before Larsen—who registered a team-high two goals and three assists in game two—threw the ball into the net with less than a minute to go for the Knights' final goal of the quarter.
Radford Club increased its advantage to 10-3 at the half, outscoring Southern Virginia 4-1 in the second 15-minute stanza. The Knights' third score of the game came at the 9:40 mark in the second quarter by team captain Neilson—who was honored during pregame in his final home contest as a Knight.
Southern Virginia came out of intermission scoring as Larsen netted his sixth goal on the day after a pass from Rush. The Highlanders outscored the home team 4-2 the rest of the way with Hostetter scoring the Knights' two final goals at the 11-minute and 1-minute marks respectively.
Snyder came up with a game-high 20 saves in game two. Hostetter's two goals ranks him second on the squad with 11 goals on the year.
For the Highlanders, attacker Tyler McCullough recorded a game-high six goals in the victory.
Men's lacrosse will travel on the road in its second road game of the season to face NCAA Division III Ferrum College on Wed., March 27, at 4 p.m. EST.
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