Written by Matthew McKinney and Sean Dahlin
FERRUM, Va.—The Southern Virginia men's lacrosse team suffered its seventh consecutive loss on Wednesday, losing 24-2 at USA South Conference-member Ferrum College.
"Derek [Rush] was a bright spot for us on the offensive end today," said first-year Head Coach Stephen Macurdy. "We faced a solid Ferrum [College] team and let the game get away from us early."
Sophomore midfielder Derek Rush (Esmont, Va.) finished with his first career multi-goal game, netting Southern Virginia's (0-7) lone scores in the first and fourth quarters. However, the Knights were unable to overcome Ferrum's (8-5) 10-1 run through the first quarter.
After Rush put the Knights on the board with an unassisted goal at the 6:27 mark in the first quarter, the Panthers moved on to extending their lead with 17 unanswered goals through the next 35-plus minutes of action leading into the end of the third quarter.
Rush added his second score of the match on an unassisted goal two-plus minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter before Ferrum's Shoshone Smith took a pass from teammate Alex Rice past the opposing goalie for the final point of the game on route to the win.
Southern Virginia freshman goalkeeper Chris Snyder (Miles City, Mont.) registered a game-high 16 saves in his third start in front of the net.
For the Panthers, Frank Boxley and Smith led all players with three goals apiece.
Men's lacrosse will travel in its second of a three-game road swing to Bethany, W.Va., to face NCAA Division III Bethany College on Apr. 5 with a 5 p.m. start time.