By Daniel Whitehead
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Despite scoring a season-high three goals, the Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team fell on the road to Methodist University, 23-3, Saturday afternoon at Monarch Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C.
Freshman Nash Wilkey continued to be a scoring threat for the Knights, earning two goals on the day to bring his total to three thus far in the young season. Teammate Mike Bangerter added the other goal for Southern Virginia for his first goal of the year.
Down 12-0 late in the second quarter, Wilkey attacked the Monarch net and earned an unassisted goal to trim the lead. Methodist would sneak in two more goals before intermission to head into halftime with a 14-1 advantage.
"It was another day to get better and to improve," said Southern Virginia head coach Jason Lamb. "We did some things well and we're making progress. It will be nice to get back to learn from this experience and continue to work. We're taking our lumps, but we look forward to the day we'll be able to compete at this level."
The Monarchs scored five goals in the third quarter before Wilkey added another score early in the fourth. Bangerter scored at the 7:54 mark of the final quarter before Methodist finalized the score at 23-3 with two additional late goals.
Wilkey and Bangerter combined for 10 shot attempts on the afternoon with Garrett Maw contributing two shots. The trio combined for nine ground balls while freshman Ibrahim Kargbo led the team with four ground balls. Bangerter won five of 12 faceoffs while Marcel Blake won four.
The Knights return to action next Saturday at home with a matchup with Alma College. The first faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at The Fields.