What Could Have Been For Mercer in 2020?

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The Mercer Bears were one of the most improved teams in 2020. They went from being one of worst teams in the country last season with a 1-12 record, their worst since going 1-13 in their second season as a program (2013), to starting with a 6-1 record, which is good for their best start in program history most wins in a season since 2014 when they went 8-6. And they certainly could have added onto to that in SoCon play, which was supposed to open last Saturday before the season got cancelled. Continue reading “What Could Have Been For Mercer in 2020?”

2020 Schedule Preview: Richmond Spiders

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The Richmond Spiders are the 55th DI program to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Spiders come into 2020 following a 2019 campaign in which they went 10-7 overall and 5-2 in the SoCon. Richmond defeated High Point to claim their second consecutive SoCon championship and lost to Duke in first round of the NCAA tournament.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Richmond Spiders”

2020 Schedule Preview: Bellarmine Knights

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The Bellarmine Knights are the 47th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Knights come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 3-10 overall, 3-4 in SoCon play, and missed the SoCon tournament for the third consecutive season. Bellarmine had a coach change over the summer as Jim Mitchell stepped down following just one year. Andy Whitley was hired as the fifth head coach in Bellarmine lacrosse history.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Bellarmine Knights”

2020 Schedule Preview: Furman Paladins

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The Furman Paladins are the 43rd DI team in our schedule preview series. The Paladins come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign which saw them go 4-10 overall and 2-5 in the SoCon. Furman missed the SoCon tournament for the first time since 2017. Additionally, the Paladins won two non-conference games for the first time in program history last season.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Furman Paladins”

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”

Richmond Takes Down High Point, Wins Second Consecutive SoCon Title

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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. 

Big Third Quarter Pushes Richmond Past Bellarmine

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The Richmond Spiders would use a big third quarter run to help defeat the Bellarmine Knights 16-9 in a conference game on the road. Richmond moves to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the SoCon while Bellarmine drops to 0-8 and 0-2 in the SoCon. 

Richmond was led by Ryan Lanchbury with 6 points (4G/2A) and Teddy Hatfield with 6 points (3G/3A). Mitch Savoca also scored 4 goals in the win. Jason Reynolds was big on defense for the Spiders, coming up with 3 ground balls and forcing 2 turnovers. In cage, Blake Goodman made 10 saves. 

For Bellarmine they were led by Stephen Votto with 3 goals. Riley Seay and Luke Legnard also tallied 3 points (2G/1A) each. Colin Murray and Josh Wehn were both big on defense, helping to stay on Richmond’s shooters for most of the game. Jordan Dondoyano made 10 saves in cage for the Knights.

After a Drew Petkevich goal to get Richmond on the board first Bellarmine went on a  two-goal run, taking a 2-1 lead midway through the first. The rest of the first quarter was pretty back-and-forth as Richmond used a two-goal run near the end to take a 4-3 lead into the second.

Bellarmine came out strong early in the second, taking the lead with Luke Legnard and Landon Trout scoring back to back goals. Richmond answered with two of their own to take the lead once again. It looked like it would be a 7-7 game heading into the half until Mitch Savoca scored with just 8 seconds on the clock to give Richmond an 8-7 lead at the half. 

In the second half is where the Spiders prevailed and the Knights seemed to have folded, in some respects. The Spiders continued their run early in the third, taking a 10-7 lead. Riley Seay answered with an outside rip while getting knocked to the ground. The Knights could not convert on the man-up and Richmond continued their onslaught. 

Taking a 14-8 lead into the fourth quarter this game was Richmond’s. The Knights had opportunities down the stretch but the Richmond defense prevailed, allowing just one goal in the fourth. The Bellarmine defense seemed to go back to their first half selfs in the fourth, to an extent. That wouldn’t be enough as Richmond walked away 16-9 victors over Bellarmine in a SoCon contest. 

Bellarmine will be on the road next Saturday as they take on Mercer and Richmond will be on the road taking on Virginia on Friday. 

Detroit Mercy Edges Bellarmine in Road Victory

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It was a chilly one in Louisville,Ky as the Detroit Mercy Titans defeated the Bellarmine Knights in a tight back-and-forth contest. It was a Matthew Vangalen goal that secured the win in the final seconds for the Titans. 

Detroit Mercy was led by Matthew Vangalen and Brett Erskine on the offensive end. Vangalen notched 8 points (3G,A), while Erskine tallied 6 points (5G,1A) in the win. Alex Jarzembowski was the difference in this game, winning a school record 27-33 faceoffs for the Titans. In goal, Logan Shamblin made 9 saves on the day. 

Bellarmine was led by Riley Seay as he tallied 7 points (5G,2A). Ian Miller tallied 4 points (2G,2A) and Blake Roshkowski had a hat trick as well. Jordan Dondoyano made 20 saves for the Knights. 

This game started off quickly with Ian Miller putting the Knights on the board first. Matthew Vangalen answered just a few minutes later for the Titans to make it a 1-1 tie. A three goal run for the Knights put them up 4-1 with 3:33 in the first. Riley Seay had two goals during that three goals run. Two goals from Titans late in the first cut it to a one goal 4-3 Bellarmine lead heading into the second. 

In the second it was a very back-and-forth game of runs with a lot of transition play. Bellarmine started out with two goals early to go up 5-3. Detroit Mercy answered with two inside goals to make it a one goal game. Bellarmine ended the half with a lot of energy after getting two late goals to go up 8-5 at the half. 

Detroit Mercy took over in the third as they were winning in every facet of the game. The Titans were able to use their successes on the defensive end to fuel a great offense showing. 

After Bellarmine got the first goal of the third, Detroit Mercy went on a three goal run to cut the Bellarmine lead to 9-8. Brett Erskine caught fire, scoring two of the three goals for the Titans during that run. Riley Seay was able to stop the bleeding for the Knights, but the Titans answered quickly. 

Another three goal run for the Titans midway through the third gave Detroit Mercy their first lead of the game, going up 11-10 with 4:09 left in the third. It was Seth Mendell that got hot during that Titans run as he scored two of the three goals. Morgan Mack tied the game at 11 for Bellarmine late in the fourth.

Fans inside Owsley B. Frazier Stadium were on the edge of their seats throughout the fourth quarter with each team striking back and one another. Brett Erskine gave the Detroit Mercy the lead back 12-11 with an early fourth quarter goal. 

Bellarmine gained a ton of energy midway though the fourth with a few great defensive stops and momentum changing saves from Dondoyano. Blake Roshkowski got Knights fans up and on their feet with two huge outside rips to give Bellarmine the 13-12 lead. The Titans striked back with two goals courtesy of Seth Mendell and Brett Erskine to take back the lead 14-13 with 6:35 in the fourth. 

After some huge stops from both defenses the Bellarmine offense woke up with a Riley Seay goal to tie things up at 14 all with :45 in the fourth. Detroit Mercy won the faceoff and was able to get the ball inside for a Matthew Vangalen for the game winning goal with :9 on the clock. The Titans walked away with the very close 15-14 win. 

Both squads will be in action next week as Detroit Mercy travels to Air Force on March 6th and Bellarmine travels to Utah on March 9th.