By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Although the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team scored its first goal of the season, the Knights were defeated by visiting Shenandoah University by a 23-1 score Tuesday night at The Fields in Buena Vista, Va.
Freshman Nash Wilkey took a pass from teammate Mike Bangerter in the fourth quarter and slung it past Hornet goalkeeper Ben Judy for Southern Virginia's first goal of the season and first of the Jason Lamb era.
The Hornets jumped to a 7-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and increased the advantage to 15-0 by the half. Southern Virginia showed better ball control in the second half leading to increased scoring opportunities as the Knights earned six shot attempts in the second half compared to two in the opening half.
"The outcome of the game doesn't necessarily reflect it, but we're making improvements and I see that we're getting better at several aspects of the game," Lamb said. "We're slowly figuring things out through practice and we're progressing, which is exciting to see. We just need to rise up and keep fighting through the rough times."
Wilkey finished the game with three shot attempts while Ben Tillotson and Bangerter had two apiece. Earning one shot on goal, Marcel Blake earned three ground balls and won six of 13 faceoffs he took part of. Bangerter logged four ground balls and won three of 11 faceoffs.
Earning his first start at goalie, freshman Aaron Barraclough registered nine saves on the night.
Shenandoah's Stephen LaTona led the Hornets with five goals during the game and one assist while Drew Brooks poured in four goals. Aaron Paul tallied three goals and four others put in two goals apiece.
The Knights return to action Saturday with a road game at Methodist University. The first faceoff is scheduled at 1 p.m. in Fayetteville, N.C.