SoCon Report: Week 12

Photo Credit: Jacksonville Athletics

   The second to last week of the regular season was diffidently an exciting one. We had plenty of really good and tight games. Also, there is more craziness and that bottom spot for the SoCon tournament appears to still be up for grabs. 

Furman 11, Jacksonville 12

   This game started out pretty slow as we saw each team have some pretty long possessions, especially Jacksonville. Furman held just a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter. Jacksonville came out fast in the second quarter as they controlled possession early and reclaimed a 4-2 lead pretty fast. Furman would finally answer with 9:08 in the second as they cut it to a one goal 4-3 Dolphin lead.  The rest of the second would be pretty slow until Jacksonville got hot again as they were able to get a 6-3 lead heading into halftime. Furman got the scoring started in the second half as they cut the Jacksonville lead to 6-4. Jacksonville would answer midway through the third quarter with a two goal run to push their lead to 8-4. The rest of the third would be pretty back and fourth, but Jacksonville would hold a clear advantage as they held a 10-6 lead heading into the fourth. The fourth saw both teams start out with quick goals that made it an 11-7 Dolphin lead. Furman was able to take control of the momentum as they just kept cutting into that Jacksonville lead. With 3:50 in the game the Paladins would cut the Dolphins lead to just one goal, 11-10. Jacksonville would extend their lead to 12-10 with 53 seconds in the fourth, but Furman would quickly answer making it 12-11. The Dolphins would get the ball off the faceoff and hold it for the last few ticks of the game and secure the win.

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Air Force 6,  High Point 7

   This game started off snowy and slow. The first quarter saw neither team score at all. In the second quarter Air Force started to pick up the pace, but High Point was a step behind. The Falcons would hold a 2-1 lead at the half. In the third quarter Air Force started off strong, but High Point was able to fight back late. The Panthers would tie the game up at 4 with less than a minute in the third and would make it 4-4 heading into the fourth. High Point would take their first lead of the game, 5-4, after a goal by freshman sensation Asher Nolting with 11:32 in the fourth. The ball would change hands a few times before Air Force would tie the game up at 5 all with 7:13 in the fourth. High Point would take the 6-5 lead with just 2:35 in the fourth, but Air Force would answer on their next possession to tie it at 6 with 1:04 to go. Asher Nolting would make another great play as he put High Point up 7-6 with 19 seconds left. High Point would win the faceoff and run the clock out to get the 7-7 win. 
Game Winning Goal

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VMI 7, Bellarmine 10

   This was a very tight game pretty much the whole way. Bellarmine was leading 2-1 at the end of the first quarter, but VMI went on a three goal run to start the second. That run would help VMI gain some energy and hold a 6-4 lead going into the half. Belarmine would go on a 3-0 run in the third which gave them a good push and a 7-6 lead heading into the fourth. The Keydets would start off the scoring in the fourth, but the Knights would finish the game with a three goal run to secure the win. With that win Bellarmine stays in contention for the SoCon tournament. Also, that is the Knight’s second win with interim head coach Jay Sothoron at the helm.

Mercer 8, Richmond 9 

   This game started slow and close as the score at the end of the first was 1-1. The game started to speed up in the second quarter, especially for Richmond. The Spiders went on a three goal run late in the second quarter, but Mercer got the last score as it was 7-4 Richmond heading into the half. The second half saw Richmond start the scoring off, but them they didn’t do much more as the game was slower again. Richmond scored the last goal of the third and them Mercer had a fourth quarter rally. That ended up not being enough as the Spiders were able to walk out of Macon with a 9-8 one goal win. 

SoCon Standings   

No.
Team
Conf. Record
Overall Record
Streak
1
Richmond
5-1
8-5
W3
2
High Point
5-1
5-7
W4
3
Jacksonville
4-2
6-6
W1
4
Air Force
3-3
5-9
L1
5
Furman
3-3
3-9
L3
6
Bellarmine
2-4
4-8
W2
7
Mercer
2-4
4-9
L2
8
VMI
0-6
2-9
L3
   
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