Women’s Lacrosse 2018 Recap

Women’s Lacrosse 2018 Recap

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's lacrosse team wrapped up its 2018 season by doubling its wins from 2017 and scoring the most goals in program history with 165 (9.71 goals per game). 

Much of the offensive success came from having 16 new players join the Knights this season.  

Among those joining the team were three of the top five scorers; Hannah King, Natalie Rice, and Miklain Hardy. King led the team with 27 goals, including a season-high six goals at Greensboro. Rice netted 25 goals this season with two four-goal outings against Concordia (MI) and Wesley.

Hardy, who transferred from the University of Detroit Mercy, recorded 18 goals and five assists. The junior was also named to the CAC Weekly Honor Roll on March 26.

Returners Megan Barfuss (2016 season) and Lauren Thatcher led Southern Virginia in points with 20 goals apiece and 15 and 13 assists, respectively. Barfuss also led the team with 82 shots.

Defensively, Hannah Thayn and Holly Ryan helped lock down the back line, allowing the least amount of goals since officially joining the Capital Athletic Conference.

The Knights first victory of the season came against Ferrum College after shutting out the Panthers in the first half 6-0. In the six wins, the Knights scored 95 goals and allowed just 23 points. The closest win of the year came against Northwestern-St. Paul in Hilton Head, S.C.

"Winning both of our contests in Hilton Head was a great achievement for our team," head coach Nancy Webber said. "I look forward to returning 20 players next season and to continue building on our successes."

The Knights lose lone senior Ashley Lessing, who recorded six goals and caused 14 turnovers in the midfield.

The team is still in search of their first CAC win, the elusive victory narrowly escaped the Knights in a 15-14 loss at Wesley College in April.