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February 11, 2014

Men’s Lacrosse Opens Season with Defeat at Catholic

By Daniel Whitehead

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Looking for a strong start to the 2014 season under first-year head coach Jason Lamb, the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team fell 19-0 to host Catholic University Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

The Cardinals jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and increased the advantage to 11-0 by the half as the Knights (0-1) struggled to keep pace in shot attempts and ball possession. Catholic finished the game with 46 shot attempts to the Knights' eight and doubled the Knights' successful clears with 16 to Southern Virginia's eight.

"We played against a well-coached team tonight and a team with 57 bodies," Lamb said. "It is good for us to be exposed to this level of talent to see what it's like and to see where we would like to get to. We do need more bodies and we're down in numbers, but those things come with time. In the meantime we are going to continue to play hard and learn from these games."

Southern Virginia was led by midfielder Nash Wilkey, who earned three shot attempts and one shot on goal in addition to winning a ground ball. Teammate Mike Bangerter had two shot attempts and picked up three ground balls while winning four of nine faceoffs.

Ben Tillotson, Garrett Maw and Cody Pennington each registered one shot attempt and combined for two shots on goal. Maw logged a team-high six ground balls with Pennington picking up two. Long stick midfielder Marcel Blake achieved four ground balls for the Knights.

Catholic attacker Brian Keith paced the Cardinals with three goals on five shots with fellow attacker Billy Kirmsse earning two goals on four shot attempts. Ethan Rodriguez, William Cowan and Dan Miltner also scored two goals apiece.  Eight other Cardinals registered one goal on the night.

Southern Virginia goalkeeper Chris Snyder earned 12 saves on the night, including 11 in the opening half. The Knights were comparable in ground balls earned by picking up 22 to Catholic's 31 and winning nine faceoffs to the Cardinals' 12. Both squads failed to score in extra-man opportunities as the Knights went 0-2 and the Cardinals going 0-3.

The Knights return to action Saturday afternoon with their first home game of the year as they take on Shenandoah University. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.