2020 Schedule Preview: VMI Keydets

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The VMI Keydets are the 27th DI team to release their 2020 schedule. The Keydets come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 4-9 overall- their most wins since 2012- and 0-7 in the SoCon.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: VMI Keydets”

Early Contenders: SoCon

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As the calendar turns to November it marks the end of fall ball and the beginning of, essentially, the pre-season for NCAA lacrosse. While it is still early and there is only so much you can take from fall ball scrimmages, let’s take a look at who some of the early contenders in each conference are. Continue reading “Early Contenders: SoCon”

John Galloway Inks 5-Year Contract to Stay With Dolphins

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Jacksonville head coach John Galloway keeps the Duval Mission alive as he has inked a 5-year contract to stay with the Dolphins. This comes after Galloway’s second season at Jacksonville as the head coach. He has compiled a record of 11-18 in his first two seasons. Galloway has lead the Dolphins to the SoCon tournament two consecutive times, and took them to the SoCon championship game in 2018 where they would fall to Richmond.

John Galloway’s statement from press release

“My dream when I started coaching was to work at a university that was committed to the growth of lacrosse and would support my vision of building a program that was focused on the student-athlete experience rather than just wins and losses. Jacksonville University gave our staff that opportunity, and I am thrilled to continue our mission here in Duval for many years to come,”
“I want to specifically thank our Athletic Director Alex Ricker Gilbert and President Cost for trusting our staff in times of trial and triumph. We have been given every tool to help compete and recruit nationally, and now it is on us to get the job done. Our players and recruits can now come to campus with the full confidence that our staff will be here waiting and ready to go to work.”

The Hiring of John Galloway as the head coach at Jacksonville brought much buzz and attention to this program. Galloway has seemed to revive a low lying program and has turned them into a power in their respective conference, the SoCon. Jacksonville is in the process of building an all new $1.8 million dollar lacrosse facility that the men’s and women’s programs will share. Now, with Galloway’s new contract the future looks even brighter in Duval County.

Bellarmine and Head Coach Kevin Burns Part Ways

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   Bellarmine University is the first DI head coach opening of this year. The University parted ways with head coach Kevin Burns and offensive coordinator Bill Tully. They were initially put on administrative leave the week of the Knights game against Mercer, a game they would eventually win.
Defensive coordinator Jay Sothorn was named the interim for the rest of the season. A few weeks later the University would announce that head coach Kevin Burns and offensive coordinator Bill Tully were no longer with the program. Bellarmine would go on to finish the season with a record of 4-9, winning 2-1 of their games with Sothorn as the interim. The Knights finished 5th in the SoCon and missed the SoCon tournament for the second year in a row.

   The reasoning behind this decision has many different sides and stories that I really don’t want to get into because I honestly don’t know what is true or false at the moment. The only thing that is certain is that the Bellarmine Knights are now searching for a new head Men’s Lacrosse coach.

   This decision comes during Burns seventh season with the Knights. In his tenure he helped build the Bellarmine program into what it is today. He saw one of the biggest changes the program has had as they moved from the ECAC to the SoCon. Also, Burns lead the Knights went to the SoCon tournament in 2016. That was the first time Bellarmine had ever made the postseason.

   Although the Kevin Burns era was a bumpy one for Bellarmine fans, parents, alumni, and players I want to thank Coach Burns for everything he has done at Bellarmine during his tenure and wish him the best of luck as he and his family move forward.

Official press release from the University

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Bellarmine University Athletic Director Scott Wiegandt has announced that men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Burns and assistant coach William Tully are no longer with the university. Jay Sothoron will coach the team for the remainder of the season.
 
Burns was in his seventh season at Bellarmine, where he compiled a career record of 35-54. Tully was in his second year with the Knights lacrosse program. The university will conduct a national search for a new head coach for the Bellarmine Knights’ NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse team.

   Now, who will Bellarmine get as there next head coach? That is the question that every person is asking. I know that many alumni want Jim Mitchell to be the next head man for the Knights. Mitchell is the offensive coordinator at Rutgers and was an assistant at Bellarmine before going to Rutgers. I think this could be a good fit because many people in and around the program liked him, plus he knows the community and school to an extent.

   There are many different ways that Bellarmine can go about this coaching search. They could go get a high level assistant, like Jim Mitchell, or they could get a high level DII or DIII head coach. I think those would be the two best options for the Knights. Also, they could get an assistant from a DI mid-major school as well. So, there are many different ways that the University could go about this.

SoCon Report: Week 12

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   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
   

SoCon Report: Week 11

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   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

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

No.
Team
Conf. Record
Overall Record
Streak
1
Richmond
3-1
6-5
W1
2
Jacksonville
3-1
5-5
W1
3
Furman
3-1
3-7
L1
4
High Point
3-1
3-7
W2
5
Mercer
2-2
4-7
W1
6
Air Force
2-2
4-8
L1
7
VMI
0-4
2-7
L1
8
Bellarmine
0-4
2-8
L4

SoCon Report : Week 9

Hero Sports

  It was another exciting week of SoCon Lacrosse action as there were a lot of fun games. There were a ton of games that were really close and could have gone either way. I love those kinds of fun games that the SoCon seems to have so many of.
Also, we are starting to see who the contenders and pretenders are in the SoCon as each team has now played three conference games. It was an exciting and fun week none the less. Let’s dive into the action!

Air Force

   The Falcons started off the week getting demolished in Ithaca, NY by Cornell. They really just could not stop that electric Cornell offense. The final score of that one was 23-5 in Cornell’s favor. So, not the start to the week that anyone wants, but they were able to turn it around on Saturday. 
   On Saturday the Falcons visited Bellarmine and got a 9-7 win. They may have gotten the win but they had to fight for it. The Knights and Falcons played a very close one the whole game. Bellarmine came out and lead 2-1 at the end of the first and then the Falcons were able to tie it up at 3 all right before half. The Falcons would have a great third quarter as they outscored the Knights 4-1 that quarter. The Falcons really were in control most of the fourth and even held off a late comeback to win the game by a score of 9-7. The leading scorer for the Falcons was attackman Matthew Schwartz who had five goals. The Falcons also had an edge in a number of areas including the faceoff and ground ball battles. Air Force will have another road game next week as they take on the Jacksonville Dolphins on Saturday.

Bellarmine

   The Knights took a close loss at home against Air Force on Saturday. The Knights lead the Falcons 2-1 at the end of the first. When halftime rolled around the Knights had let the Falcons tie the game up at 3 a piece. The third quarter may be one that wants to be forgotten by that Bellarmine defense as they allowed 4 goals. That is really where the game was lost, in the third quarter. Bellarmine was clearly a step behind as the fourth quarter rolled around. They went on a little run late in the game but ended up turning the ball over a few more times than they may have liked. The Knights just couldn’t get it done in the second half, yet again. Their leaders on Saturday were attackman Morgan Mackon and Brian Wall, as they each had 2 goals a piece. Ian Miller also had three assist and looked to be pretty good for the Knights. Defenseman Kevin Fahey and Josh Wehn really were the hustle boys as they gobbled up two GB’s each and were both very aggressive. The Knights next contest will come on the road at Richmond next week on Saturday.

Furman

   The Paladins had a very nice comeback win over Mercer on the road in Macon, GA. Furman let Mercer come out pretty hot as the first quarter ended with Mercer up 3-1. The second quarter wasn’t very much diffrent as the score at the half was 5-2 in favor of Mercer. The Paladins really got hot in the second half as they outscored the Bears 2-1 in the third and 3-0 in the fourth. The Paladins really looked like a very different team in the second half. They seemed to have more energy on both sides of the ball and it lasted the whole half. In the last 10 minutes of the game is where Furman really took they game as they cored 3 straight goals, What a great win for the Paladins. Some guys that were really good for them were midfielder David Williamson and Jonah Moore. Williamson had two goals and one assist, as Moore had two goals and three assist. Furman really owned the cleaing game, but really struggled at the faceoff dot and with ground balls. The Paladins next game will be a home one against High Point on Saturday. That will be a great game.

High Point

   The High Point Panthers were able to get a big home victory over Jacksonville on Saturday. They came out very hot on the offensive side of the ball and put the Panthers up early. At the end of the first it was  close one at 4-3. The second quarter was big for the Panthers offense as they ended the first half leading 8-5. In the second half both teams seemed to look a little more even, but High Point always seemed to have an edge. The Panthers really just played a great game and that got them an 11-9 win over Jacksonville. Freshman midfielder Koby Russell lead the way in the scoring column for the Panthers with a season high of  three goals. The Goalie play by Tim Troutner was good again. The Junior had 16 saves as well as a assist. The Panthers next contest will be on the road against Furman on Saturday.

Final Game Stats

Jacksonville

   The Dolphins took a tough loss at High Point on Saturday. They started off the game really slow as they didn’t get much done in the until the end of the first quarter. Jacksonville’s defense just couldn’t stop High Point’s offense at all. The second quarter wasn’t much different for the Dolphins as they continued to be a step behind in both sides of the ball. At the half the Dolphins saw themselves trailing 8-5. The second half saw more even play from both squads. The Dolphins had two goals in the third and fourth quarter. Despite the late run Jacksonville just could not top High Point. Jacksonville was lead midfielder Gavin Dembeck and attakman Shawn Ewert with two goals a piece. Star studded Eric Applegate had a stellar four assist in tis game as well. Jacksonville seemed to have it together on the offensive end, but just couldn’t get it done on the same level on the defensive end. That ultimately lead to the Dolphins 11-9 defeat. Jacksonville’s next game will be at home against Air Force on Saturday.

Final Game Stats

Mercer

   The Mercer Bears took a very tough loss to Furman at home on Saturday. The Bears were in control for most of the first half, as they came out red hot! The Bears went up 3-1 at the end of the first quarter as they were just firing on all cylinders. The Bears were just as prolific in the second quarter as they ended up leading 5-2 at the end of the first half. The Second half is where the Bears defense started to slack off a little bit. They let Furman come out of the second half with a lot of energy and allowed two goals. The third quarter ended with the score being 6-4 in Mercer’s favor. The third was actually a pretty slow quarter until the end. The fourth quarter is really where the Bears let the Paladins really get ahead. Mercer did absolutely nothing on offense in the fourth quarter, but they allowed Fuman to score three goals. The Bears simply looked tired on D and basically was out run by the Paladins. That is just one ting that comes with having a young team. The final was 7-6 with Furman getting the win. Attackman Brian Gibson played well for the Bears as he had two goals. You can really see that turnovers hurt the Bears, as well as failing to clear the ball. The Mercer Bears next contest will be at home against VMI on Saturday.

Richmond

   Richmond was one of two SoCon teams that did not play a SoCon opponent this week. The Richmond Spiders traveled to Charlottesville, VA to take on Virginia. This game would be one that the Spiders were in for most of the game. They really did play well against the Hoos. Richmond played very well and hung in with Virginia for the entire game. The first half ended with the game tied at 6 a piece. We saw the same kind of game in the third quarter as the game was still very close. The fourth is where the Spiders started to loose it. They let Virginia score 6 points to their 1 point in the fourth. The Spiders played very well but just couldn’t hang in for the win. Some guys that really played well for Richmond were attackman Teddy Hatfield and Ryan Lee. Hatfield had one goal and two assist, ad Lee had two goals. Richmond was also perfect on extra-man opportunities as they went 3-3. The Spiders next contest will be against Bellarmine at home on Saturday.

VMI

   The Keydets got an 18-3 win over Hampton on Saturday. This game was probably VMI’s easiest game of the year as Hampton is only in their second year as a DI program and still transitioning. Needless to say we all very much respect and love Hampton and what they are doing for our sport. VMI was in control this entire game as they were up 12-1 at the half. The most goals that the VMI defense allowed Hampton to score was one. VMI really had guys that contributed all over the place, as they had four guys with four goals. The Keydets next contest will come on the road against Mercer on Saturday. 

SoCon Standings

No. Team Conf. Record Overall Record Streak
1
Furman
3-0
3-6
Win 3
2
Richmond
2-1
5-5
Lose 1
3
Jacksonville
2-1
4-5
Lose 1
4
Air Force
2-1
4-7
Win 1
5
High Point
2-1
2-7
Win 1
6
Mercer
1-2
3-7
Lose 1
7
VMI
0-3
2-6
Win 1
8
Bellarmine
0-3
2-7
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SoCon Report: Week 8




Mercer Athletics




  Another crazy week of college lacrosse action in the SoCon. We had some great conference games this week that were very exciting.
As we get deeper into SoCon play we will start to see who the real contenders and pretenders are. But, as you all know the SoCon is a crazy conference and anything can happen.


Air Force (3-6) (1-1)

      The Falcons had a tough week as they took a close loss to Mercer. The Falcons lost 9-7 to the Bears of Mercer. This is a game that looked to be a cake walk for Air Force at the beginning of the year but obviously things have not been going there way thus far. The Falcons will have an two opportunities to redeem themselves next week as they play at Cornell on Tuesday and at Bellarmine on Saturday.

    

Bellarmine (2-6) (0-2)

      The Bellarmine Knights took on Jacksonville on the road on Saturday. These two teams would come out with a defensive battle as it was 1-0 Dolphins at the end of the 1st Q and 2-1 at the end of the half. The Knights looked very slow and poor in the second half as the Dolphins were able to pull aways. The Knights lost 9-5. They will have a date with Air Force at home on Saturday.

Furman (2-6) (2-0)

      The Paladins got an 11-7 win over VMI on Saturday. Furman is really starting to show how good they can be in SoCon play. Their next competition will be against Mercer on Saturday on the road. That should be a great game as both teams are starting to come into their own.

High Point (1-7) (1-1)

      The High Point Panthers took a loss to Richmond on Saturday. High Point was pretty much behind the whole game and could never get back into the lead. I really like where High Point is heading and think they can make some big noise in the SoCon as we get further into conference play.

Jacksonville (3-4) (1-0)

     The Dolphins got a win over Bellarmine at home on Saturday. They were in a defensive battle in the first half before going on a run in which they never looked back in the second half. They got a 9-5 win over Bellarmine and will look to get another win next week at High Point.

Mercer (3-6) (1-1)

      The Mercer Bears looked really good again and got a 9-7 win over Air Force on the road. The Bears are really figuring out how to play and are playing well. Their next test will be against Furman next Saturday at home.

Richmond (5-4) (2-1)

      The Spiders got a a 15-12 win over High Point on Saturday. The Spiders have been getting better each week as they still figure out this new core. Richmond obviously looked good on Saturday and got the win. Their next game will be against Virginia on Saturday. That one should be a real test as they try to knock off their second ACC opponent this year.

VMI (1-6) (0-3)

      The Keydets played took a loss 11-7 loss to Furman at home on Saturday. The Keydets obviously don’t have the most talented squad in the SoCon, but they have improved each week. Their next contest will be an out of conference matchup against Hampton on Saturday.