SoCon Report: Week 11

Courtesy: Bellarmine Athletics

   What a great week is was for lacrosse in the SoCon. We have a new team leading the conference, we saw a big triumph, and things look even more open then they ever have. I am not a math guys but I’m pretty sure that the only team mathematically eliminated from the SoCon tournament is VMI. So, that leaves the rest of this thing wide open and anything can happen.

High Point 16, VMI 7

   This was the only SoCon game that took place on Friday night. The VMI Keydets traveled into High Point, NC for a SoCon battle. The game started with VMI getting out to a 3-0 lead with :47 seconds left in the first quarter. However High Point was able to get a goal before the first quarter ended as they got a goal with :6 in the first. The Keydets held a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the scoring really opened up for High Point as the panthers started out scoring five unanswered goals. VMI would only notch one goal in the second, and then High Point would finish the quarter with two more. At the half High Point held an 8-4 lead over VMI. The third quarter was no different as High Point went on a four goal run after VMI got the first goal, as well as the last goal, of the quarter. The fourth quarter saw High Point maintain their lead as they got the win 16-7. 
   Ryan Henry lead VMI in scoring with 2 goals. High Point was lead Asher Nolting with 4 goals and 3 assist. Also Chris Young had 3 goals and 1 assist. High Point was just the better team here in this game and that lead the Panthers to a dominating win.

Richmond 14, Jacsonville 12

   This was a very important game that ended up being really close. Both of these teams are the cream of the crop in the SoCon this season and this one was bound to be a a great game. This game started out pretty tight as Jacksonville took a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was huge for Richmond as the Spiders were able to go on a five goal run, plus a few other goals in there as well. Jacksonville was only able to get three goals in the second quarter and that made it a 7-5 Richmond lead at halftime. In the third quarter Richmond started the scoring before Jacksonville was able to go on a run to tie the game up. The Dolphins went on a three goal run in the middle of the third to tie the game at 8 all heading into the fourth. The final fifteen minutes were very back and fourth as each team took turns scoring, but in the end Richmond got the edge they needed and pulled out the 14-12 win at home. 

Bellarmine 12, Mercer 6

      Bellarmine was able to get their first conference win without their head coach. Bellarmine head coach Kevin Burns and offensive coordinator Bill Tully were not on the sidelines Saturday. jay Sothron stepped in as the interim. We have no other information that we can release at this time.
      Bellarmine and Mercer started out going back and fourth with each other as the game was tied at 6 to end the first half. In the second half Bellarmine went on a 6-0 run as they captured a 12-6 win. Next up for Bellarmine is a trip to VMI on Saturday. Mercer will play at home against Richmond on Saturday.

Air Force 11, Furman 3

      This is a game that was never in dobut. The Falcons got out early and dominated. Furman could never really catch up to Air Force as they ran away with the game. Air Force and Furman seem to be trending in complete  opposite directions as of now.

SoCon Standings

No.
Team
Conf. Record
Overall Record
Streak
1
Richmond
4-1
7-5
W2
2
High Point
4-1
4-7
W3
3
Jacksonville
3-2
5-6
L1
4
Air Force
3-2
5-8
W1
5
Furman
3-2
3-8
L2
6
Mercer
2-3
4-8
L1
7
Bellarmine
1-4
3-8
W1
8
VMI
0-5
2-8
L2
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