VMI Falls at No. 14 Richmond
Courtesy: Brian McWalters Photography

RICHMOND, Va. - Facing a nationally ranked team on the road, the VMI lacrosse team fell by a 17-4 score to No. 14 Richmond Saturday afternoon at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Virginia.

The Keydets (3-2) were unable to recover from a fast start from the Spiders, which jumped ahead 5-0 after the opening quarter and built the lead to 10-0 by the half. VMI got on the board with a goal in the third period and tacked on three more in the fourth but the Richmond lead proved insurmountable.

VMI did not trail far in several key categories including shot attempts (51 for Richmond, 47 VMI), groundballs (34 Richmond, 29 VMI) and had just three more turnovers than the Spiders throughout the game.  The Keydets won the faceoff battle by taking 13 of 24 opportunities and had the same number of goalie saves (15), but the Richmond defense held the Keydets to 20 of 27 clearing opportunites by forcing costly VMI turnovers and held the Keydets scoreless on four extra-man opportunities.

The Richmond defensive backline buckled down on VMI sophomore attack Ryan Perouty by holding him scoreless during the match for the first time of his VMI career. Perouty entered the match tied at No. 9 in the country for consecutive games with a goal at 17 straight. The Spiders also held other top VMI scoring leaders Jon Fant, Michael Santos, John O'Donnell and Josh Bass without goals during the game, but junior John Daniel kept his streak alive with a goal in the fourth period as he now has 15 straight games with a goal dating back to March 3, 2018, tied for 11th most in the country.

VMI freshman Aidan Riley scored the first two goal of his VMI career as he registered both of his midway through the fourth quarter. Senior defender Kyle Walsh scored VMI's first goals of the game in the third quarter as he now has two for the season. Walsh and sophomore Eric Lane both tallied four caused turnovers during the game the lead VMI's defensive efforts.

Goalie Benjamin Stump was credited with 15 saves during the match before he was relieved with eight minutes to play by freshman Victor Nicholl, who saw his first action of the season.

The Keydets return to Southern Conference action Friday night at home when No. 15-ranked High Point visits Lexington for a 7 p.m. matchup on Drill Field No. 2.