FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's lacrosse team fell to the University of Mary Washington in a three-overtime thriller 17-16 at the Battlegrounds.
The Knights (5-9, 0-3 CAC) fell behind 3-0 early in the first quarter but later answered with two straight goals from Carter Bean on an assist from Payton Kimber and a Zach Danneman goal to bring them within one.
After trailing the Eagles (7-7, 1-2 CAC) 5-2 in the second quarter, Southern Virginia scored four unanswered goals to claim their first lead of the game 6-5.
The Knights headed into the half leading 8-7 after outscoring the Eagles 6-3 for the quarter.
The third quarter was neck-and-neck as each team produced five goals to enter the final quarter of play with the Knights clinging to a 13-12 lead.
The Eagles tied the Knights six seconds into the fourth quarter and then went onto take the lead 14-13 just over the 13:00 mark. Danneman and Bean then once again came through in the clutch scoring back-to-back goals giving Southern Virginia the 15-14 advantage.
Mary Washington tied the Knights with eight minutes remaining at 15. Tennison Schmidt gave Southern Virginia the lead 16-15 late with 4:32 remaining. A late breakdown in the Knights defense with six seconds left allowed the Eagles to send the game to overtime on a critical goal.
In the first two overtimes, the defenses tightened and shut out both offenses to head into the games third overtime still tied 16-16.
Then in the third overtime, the Eagles put the Knights away scoring with 2:53 remaining for the 17-16 win.
Danneman led the Knights with a game-high scoring seven goals while also adding an assist and three ground balls. Schmidt's strong play translated to three goals and a pair of assists. Bean tallied a pair of goals while teammates Payton Kimber, Shawn Lamb, Chandler Wescott and Cayd Rich all netted a goal. Nick Bair led the team with a team-high five ground balls.
Ian Arave was at goal collecting 16 saves in the loss.
The Knights host the York (Pa.) Spartans this Saturday, April 13 at 12:00 p.m.