2022 SoCon Preview

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The SoCon lacrosse enters a new era in 2022 as the conference will not have Air Force and Bellarmine as members for the first time since the conference added the sport. Additionally, Hampton has joined the conference. This shake-up will change the landscape of this conference a bit for sure, but overall we should still see the big three of Richmond, Jacksonville, and High Point sit above the rest.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Hampton Pirates

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The Hampton Pirates are the 60th DI program and sixth from the SoCon to announce their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Pirates did not play last season and are coming into their first season under head coach Chazz Woodson and in the SoCon.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Richmond Spiders

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The Richmond Spiders are the 30th DI team and fourth from the SoCon to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Spiders are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 7-6 overall (5-1 SoCon). Their season fell to High Point, 11-8, in the SoCon title game.

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2022 Schedule: Mercer Bears

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The Mercer Bears are the 23rd DI program and third in the SoCon to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Bears are coming off a 2021 campaign where they went 5-8 overall (2-4 SoCon) during the first season of the Chad Surman era. They missed the SoCon tournament.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins

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The Jacksonville Dolphins are the fifth DI program and third in the SoCon to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule, doing so on Wednesday evening. The Dolphins are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 7-7 overall (4-2 SoCon) and ended their season in the conference semifinals.

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Can High Point Repeat as SoCon Champions?

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Since his arrival at High Point as the program’s first head coach ahead of their inaugural 2013 season, Jon Torpey has done nothing but build this Panthers program into one of the best in the SoCon, and a consistent competitor on the national stage.

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2022 Schedule Preview: VMI Keydets

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The VMI Keydets are the second DI program to release their 2022 schedule, doing so on Friday afternoon. The Keydets are heading into their second season under head coach James Purpura and coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 1-10 overall and 0-6 in SoCon play.

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Can Richmond Take Back the SoCon?

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Down 7-1 with 10:23 remaining in the second quarter of the SoCon title game, the Richmond Spiders found a spark. A five-goal run that lasted through the end of the third saw the Spiders cut the High Point lead down to just one goal (7-6) with one frame left. However, a 4-2 game-ending High Point run put the final nail in the coffin, serving the Spiders their second conference loss of the season and denying them a third consecutive conference title.

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In A New Look SoCon, Can Mercer Take a Step Forward?

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Coming into the final weekend of the 2021 season, Mercer found themselves in a battle with Air Force and Bellarmine for that fourth and final spot in the SoCon Tournament. Ultimately, the Bears fell to Bellarmine 11-8 in Louisville, marking their second loss to the Knights of the season, and Air Force pulled off an upset, beating Richmond 11-6 to hand the Spiders their first loss of the season and win the battle for that fourth seed in the conference tournament.

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