LEXINGTON, Va. – Hungry to get back on the field after last weekend’s setback in Richmond, the VMI lacrosse team faces a second consecutive ranked Southern Conference opponent when No. 12 High Point visits Lexington for a 7 p.m. faceoff Friday night on Drill Field No. 2.
The Keydet (3-2, 0-1) offense will be led by junior attack John Daniel, who is tied for No. 12 in the NCAA for consecutive games with a goal as he now has 15 straight games with a goal. He has logged 34 goals over that span dating back to March 3, 2018.
Freshman attack Aidan Riley scored his first career goals at VMI last weekend by registering two against Richmond on Saturday as he looks to continue the trend. Sophomore Ryan Perouty also looks to get back on the scoring grid after he was held without a goal for the first time of his VMI career last weekend.
Hustle will play a pivotal role in Friday night’s matchup as both teams lead the conference in groundballs per game. The Panthers rank first at 40.0 per game while the Keydets are averaging 34.00 per match. An increased number of possessions will lead to increased shot opportunities, which VMI leads the league with 49.0 per game with the Panthers close behind in second at 44.29 shots per match.
Led by senior Kyle Walsh, the VMI defensive backline will be busy containing High Point’s Asher Nolting, last season’s Southern Conference Player of the Year as a freshman. The Keydets rank second in the SoCon in caused turnovers per game averaging 11.6 per outing.
VMI goalie Benjamin Stump ranks second in the league in saves per game at 15.20 as he will earn his sixth career start.