VMI lacrosse returns to action Tuesday, as the Keydets travel to Clinton, S.C. to take on the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Live stats will not be available for the contest.
The Keydets come off a solid performance against upstart Jacksonville University Saturday, as VMI earned a 10-9 win by holding on in the closing moments. A Colin Bosse man-up goal with just over three minutes remaining stood up as the winning score. Brett Leonard’s three goals helped the Keydets to their first win of 2010, and their first home win since the middle of 2008.
In addition to Leonard, seven other Keydets had single tallies, including Bernie Mowbray’s first career goal. Kelly McMinn’s 16 saves tied him for the fourth-most in VMI history in a single game, while Jacksonville was paced by Cameron Mann, who had four goals in the defeat.
Stephen Robarge was 11 for 20 at the faceoff X, giving him a success rate of exactly 70% so far this season. That percentage places him fourth in the country, and he has currently won the second-most faceoffs in Division I (42). In addition, he is tied for second in the country in ground balls per game, as he has scooped up nine per contest. McMinn is also ranked on the NCAA statistical listing, as he is 26th in the country in save percentage (54%), which is the top ranking among MAAC players.
Presbyterian enters Tuesday's contest just off perhaps the biggest win in Blue Hose history, an 8-6 win over Providence this past weekend. It was just the second Division I win for the Blue Hose, and gave new head coach Mike Gongas his first career victory. PC was paced offensively by Tyler Melnyk, a freshman, who had four points in the victory.
Following the battle with the Blue Hose, the Keydets will return to action Saturday as VMI plays host to Robert Morris, who currently boasts the top scoring offense in the country at 18.5 goals per game. The contest is set to begin at 1 p.m.