By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia men's lacrosse team took its first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling 20-7 to conference opponent No. 20 Christopher Newport on a cold day at Knight Stadium.
The Captains (5-0, 1-0 CAC) went to work quickly, winning the opening faceoff and scoring a goal just four seconds into the game. Things did not go much better afterward for the Knights (4-1, 0-1 CAC) as the first quarter ended with a score of 7-0, and went into halftime down 14-2.
The game went a bit smoother in the second half for Southern Virginia, scoring another two goals in the third quarter and another three in the fourth, while holding the Captains to six goals in the final half to fall 20-7.
The Knights typically high-energy offense was slowed by Christopher Newport's tough defense, taking only 26 shots to the Captains' 48. Southern Virginia also struggled to keep possession, coughing the ball up 23 times in the game.
Freshman Tennison Schmidt led the Knights on offense by scoring two goals and one assist, while sophomore Shawn Lamb finished with a goal and two assists. Four other Knights also put one in the back of the net.
Bostin Preisler was handed the loss, but he did manage to save an impressive 15 shots.
The Knights will look to get back on track on Wednesday as they take on Merchant Marine Academy. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. at Knight Stadium.