SoCon Report: Week 10

Richmond Athletics

    We had another great week of lacrosse in the SoCon. This week we had a little bit of everything. We had close games, we had surprise blowouts, and we had some expected results as well. As the race for the SoCon tournament heats up we start to see the picture more clearly, but the SoCon is still a hot mess at the top.

Furman 7, High Point 15

   This was the most unexpected results of the entire weekend across college lacrosse. The High Point Panthers traveled down to Greenville, SC and dominated the Furman Paladins. High Point started off the game hot as they went up 4-0 as the first quarter came to an end. The Panthers would start off the second quarter scoring as well. Furman finally found the back of the net with 13:03 in the second quarter. Hight Point would then go on a two goal run before Furman got their next goal. The rest of the second was the same story, two goals High Point one goal Furman. At the half High Point held a 10-3 lead. As the third quarter started it seemed Furnam had found some fire as they came out with a goal early. There would be much back and fourth play before the next goal would be scored as Furman found the net with 4:17 in the third. High Point would get the last goal of the third quarter which gave them an 11-5 lead heading into the last fifteen minutes of the game. The fourth quarter was heavily dominated by High Point as they started with three goal run. Furman had two goals mindway through the quarter, but the game had already been put away. High Point but salt in the wound with 3:33 in the 4th that would give the Panthers a 15-7 win. The Panthers really were just dominate all day in this one.

   Peyton Garrett, Asher Nolting, Davis Sampere, and Connor Robinson were some guys the really contributed to the dominance of High Point. Garrett put up 3 goals off of 6 shots. Nolting had 2 goals and 4 assist while Robinson tallied 2 goals and 1 assist. Sampere had a great day at the faceoff dot as he went 16-23. Sampere also had 2 goals and 4 assist along with his impressive showing at the faceoff dot. He was a really big piece to the Panthers win today. Another area where the Panthers dominated was in the ground ball battle. High Point gobbled up 29 ground balls as a team.

   Jonah Moore and Will Holcomb were two guys that really played well for the Furman Paladins. Moore lead the team in goals with 2 and he also had 1 assist and 1 ground ball. Holcomb 1 goal and 2 assist. The Paladins actually did quite well in may areas of the game, besides scoring obviously. Furman went 20-22 in the clearing game and they also had a few less turnovers than High Point. Furman had 19 turnovers. 

   This game was a blowout but it always felt that Furman could have come back. High Point was just too good today and was not going to let that happen. High Point got out ahead early and never looked back. This result really shows how good High Point can be if they play like this. The next contest for High Point will be next Friday against VMI at home. Furman will take on Air Force on the road next Saturday.

Jacksonville 13, Air Force 12

   This was a very close contest that could have gone either way. Jacksonville just had more will at the end. The game started with Jacksonville going on a three goal run. Air Force answered with two of their own to finish out the first with Jacksonville leading 3-2. The second quarter was back and fourth a little but Air Force always had the upper hand. Within ten seconds Air Force scored and then Jacksonville. that brought the game to 4-3 Jacksonville with 11:40 in the second. Air Force then scored two straight until Jacksonville could answer with 6:29 in the quarter. The second quarter ended with two goals from Air Force late. One of them came with 7 seconds left in the half. The Falcons would have a 7-5 lead heading into halftime. the third quarter saw Jacksonville score three times and Air Force twice. Heading into the fourth Air Force held a one goal 9-8 lead. Jacksonville tied it up and started to pull away early in the fourth as they went on a four goal run in the first seven minutes of the fourth. Air Force finally answered with 6:04 in the fourth as they cut the Jacksonville lead to 12-10. With 4:18 in the fourth Jacksonville scored and then immediately after there was a lighting delay that lasted 30 minutes. Air Force scored the last two games right out of the delay but that just wasn't enough as Jacksonville ran away with the last possession and got the 13-12 win. 

   Eric Applegate and McLean Chicquen were just two of the many guys that lead the Dolphins to victory. Applegate had 2 goals, 2 assist, and picked up 1 ground ball. Chicquen netted 2 goals today. Also, at the faceoff dot Hunter Forbes went 19-28 for the Dolphins. The Dolphins really dominated the faceoff dot in today's win. They also dominated the ground ball battle as they gobbled up 29 as a team.

   For the Falcons their top performers were Nick Hruby and Trey Lervick. Hruby tallied 2 goals along with 2 assist. Lervick lead the team in goals as he put up 3 today. Some areas that the Falcons did good as a team were turnovers and clears. The Falcons had 12 turnovers, one less than JU, and they went 14-17 in the clearing game. 

   The next contest for Jacksonville will be at Richmond next Saturday. Air Force will have a home game next Saturday against Furman.

Richmond 8, Bellarmine 6

   The Bellarmine Knights and Richmond Spiders squared up for a good 'ol SoCon lacrosse battle. This first quarter was very back and fourth and both teams kept trading goals. That left it a one goal game at the end of the first quarter as Richmond lead 3-2. The second quarter saw a lot of scoring as Richmond has four goals and the Knights only had two. The half ended with Richmond hanging on to a 7-4 lead. The third quarter was pretty slow as Richmond got a goal late in the third to make that the only goal of the quarter. Heading into the fourth quarter Richmond had n 8-4 lead. The fourth quarter was slow again as Bellarmine scored the only two goals. That late push by the Knights was just not enough as Richmond took the game 8-6. 

   Teddy Hatfield had a good day for the Spiders as he put up 3 goals and picked up 4 ground balls. Tyler Shoults also had a good day for the Spiders as he had 2 goals and 1 assist. In between the pipes Blake Goodman had 9 saves off of 15 shots. Some areas where Richmond did well as a team was clearing the ball and ground balls. The Spiders went 15-16 in clears and picked up 22 ground balls. 

   Brian Wall and Landon Trout were two guys that had the biggest performances for the Knights today. Wall ended the day with 2 goals and got 2 ground balls. Trout had hd 2 goals on the day. The Knights actually won the faceoff battle as Michael Autry went 9-17 and even had a goal. In goal John Hulsman had a total os 13 saves off of 21 shots. 

   The next game up for Richmond will be a home contest against Jacksonville next Saturday. Bellarmine will play Mercer at home next Saturday. Both of those games will be important to win for each team.

Mercer 15, VMI 7

   This game started out pretty even and slow but Mercer ran away with the game in the second half. The first quarter was very tight as each team went back and fourth taking turns scoring. The game was tied up at 2-2 as the first quarter came to an end. In the second quarter Mercer started off the scoring with a two goal run and then VMI answered with two goals of their own. The Mercer Bears got the last look of the half that gave them a 5-4 lead heading into halftime. The third quarter is where Mercer started to take over. The Bears started the third with a four goal run. VMI finally answered with two goals late in the third, but Mercer got the last of the third as they scored with 45 seconds in the quarter. That goal would put Mercer up 10-6 heading into the final quarter. The fourth quarter was similar to the third in that Mercer dominated. The Bears started the fourth quarter scoring early and then VMI answered with their only goal of the fourth. Mercer would then go on a four goal run to end the game and secure the 15-7 win. 

   Matt Quinn and Pascal Coombs were two guys that really lifted the Bears to victory today. Quinn had a total of 4 goals and 2 assist while Coombs had 3 goals, 1 assist, and 1 ground ball. In goal Bradley Hodoval had 12 saves off of 19 shots. Mercer did very well holding on to the ball as they only had 8 turnovers. The Bears also went 17-20 in the clearing game.

   VMI's top performers were Ryan Perouty, John Daniel, and AJ Krstulovic. Perouty tallied up a total of 2 goals, 1 assist, and a ground ball. Daniel finished the day with 2 goals and 3 ground balls. Krstulovic won the battle at the faceoff dot for the Keydets as he went 18-23 and also had a goal. As a team VMI dominated the ground ball game as they had 25 GB's. Also, they went 15-18 in the clearing game.

   Mercer will travel up to Louisville, KY and take on Bellarmine next week as VMI ha a date with High Point on the road.

SoCon Standings

Conf. Record
Overall Record
High Point
Air Force