LEXINGTON, Va. – Looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Wagner Tuesday, the VMI lacrosse team returns to action Saturday for its second home game of the season and Southern Conference opener versus Richmond at noon at Drill Field No. 2.
Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 | 12 p.m.
Location: Lexington, Va. | Drill Field No. 2
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The Keydet offense currently leads the conference in shots per game at 39.5 per outing and has taken 158 shots through four matches led by John Daniel’s 10.75 shots per game.
Wesley Sanders ranks fifth in the league in goals per game at 2.25 and fourth in shot attempts with eight shots per game. Freshman Ryan Perouty is tied for seventh in the SoCon with a two goals per game average.
Defender Kyle Walsh looks for a repeat performance from Tuesday when he picked up a career high 13 groundballs and caused four turnovers. He ranks third in the league and 13th in the country with 30 groundballs for the season. The VMI defenders rank second in the SoCon and 10th in the nation in penalty killing percentage at .812 allowing only three goals on 16 opponent man-up opportunities.
To this point of the season freshman goalie Bill Osteen has played all 240 minutes and logged 51 saves while facing 163 opponent shot attempts. He ranks fifth in the country with 12.75 saves per game and second in the SoCon in save percentage at .526.
About the Spiders (2-3)
After dropping a 9-6 decision to UMBC to open the season, the Spiders reeled off two straight victories over solid opponents in Bucknell and Mount St. Mary’s. Richmond comes to Lexington hungry for a win after taking two losses to Top 10 opponents No. 8 Notre Dame, 11-7, and No. 3 Duke, 14-4. After facing VMI, the Spiders then take on No. 9 North Carolina at home Wednesday.
Teddy Hatfield is the go-to player for Richmond as he leads the team with 11 goals on the season to go with a team-high four assists. Ryan Lanchbury has put seven balls in the net while Mitch Goldberg has contributed five thus far.
Goalie Blake Goodman has seen all but two minutes in the circle and has 55 saves to his credit while allowing 50 goals on 170 shots faced. Sean Menges leads the Spiders with 17 groundballs on the season.