The Richmond Spiders took down the High Point Panthers to capture the SoCon championship and punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament, their second time in a row doing so. Richmond’s defense was stellar as they rarely let High Point have a settled possession and kept Asher Nolting pretty quiet. The Panthers did shoot themselves in the foot multiple times as well.
Richmond was led by Ryan Lanchbury who tallied 5 points (3G,2A) in the win. Teddy Hatfield tallied a hat-tick as well with three goals on the day. In cage, Jack Rusbuldt made 14 saves to anchor the Spiders defense.
For High Point, they were led by Asher Nolting who had 5 points (1G,4A) for the Panthers. Chris Young and Sean Coughlin each had two goals as well. In cage Tim Troutner Jr. made 10 saves for the Panthers.
In the first quarter, the Spiders got on the board first ad the Panthers followed. Richmond then went on an absolute tear as they went on a three-goal run from midway though the first until midway though the second. That run helped them take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first and helped them keep piling on.
High Point finally woke up in the second as they went on a three-goal run of their own, tying things up at 4 late in the second quarter. Richmond was able to get a late goal in the final minutes of the period to take a 5-4 lead at the half. Both sides took a lot of momentum into the half, but Richmond came out even more jacked.
The Spider started the third quarter off with three quick goals to take an 8-4 lead with 12:13 in the third. That Richmond run was initiated by a terrifying ride they used to swarm all over the Panthers. After a lot of back-and-forth play Richmond scored again late in the third to take a 9-4 lead late in quarter. After a long possession and a lot of ball movement Asher Nolting found Chris Young on the crease to get High Point’s offense going once again. Richmond answered right off the faceoff with Nick D’Amaro taking it right down the middle for the score.
Coming into the fourth down 10-5 High Point came out with a lot of urgency. They scored very quickly to cut the lead to 10-6. Richmond answered with two goal back-to-back from Mitch Savoca and Teddy Hatfield to push their lead out to 12-6 midway though the fourth. The Spiders extended their run to four goals before High Point got themselves on the board again late in the quarter. Richmond got the last of the game, scoring with just :35 on the clock to secure the 15-7 win over the panthers.