Written by Matthew McKinney
BETHANY, W.Va.—The Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team dropped its eighth straight match on Friday in a 20-4 loss at Bethany College.
"David [Hostetter] took advantage of his offensive opportunities today," said first-year Head Coach Stephen Macurdy. "Now, all our efforts will be focused on Saturday's season finale."
Freshman midfielder David Hostetter (Randolph, Vt.) led Southern Virginia (0-8) in recording a team-high three goals against Bethany (3-7). Hostetter's offense, however, would not be enough for the Knights to snap their losing streak.
The host Bison started the game on a 5-0 run before Hostetter netted his first goal on a pass from teammate sophomore Ryan Larsen (Mesa, Ariz.) with under a minute left in the first quarter to put Southern Virginia on the board.
Bethany then registered nine of the next 10 goals through the following 15-plus minutes to move to a 14-2 lead at intermission. The Knights' Larsen connected once again on a dime to Hostetter leading to the team's second score of the competition with 6:35 remaining before halftime.
Southern Virginia jumped out to a quick start in the second half as Larsen shot the ball past the opposing goalie at the 11:47 mark of the third quarter to cut into the deficit.
The Bison followed up Larsen's goal by recording the next six unanswered netters—including two of those from Kyle Arrington—until Hostetter added his third score to complete the hat trick for the final point of the match with 6:13 left in regulation.
Larsen helped the Knights' offense with a goal and two assists while freshman goalkeeper Chris Snyder (Miles City, Mont.) finished with a game-high 12 saves in his fourth start in front of the net.
Bethany's attacker Ryan Arrington led all players with six goals in the game.
Men's lacrosse will finish out the 2013 campaign on Sat., Apr. 13, in its third consecutive road contest at future Capital Athletic Conference-foe Wesley College.