VMI (2-11, 0-6 SoCon) vs. Mercer (4-8, 1-5 SoCon)
Saturday, April 29 – 12 p.m.
Drill Field No. 2 – Lexington, Va.
LEXINGTON, Va. – Looking to end the season strong, the VMI lacrosse team hosts Southern Conference opponent Mercer University to conclude the 2017 season Saturday at noon at Drill Field No. 2.
Being the final home game of the year, seniors Brad Nardella, Michael Hutwelker, Nick Dodd, Chris Spada and Dale Mattice will be recognized before the game to honor their accomplishments the past four years at VMI.
Entering Saturday's contest, junior Wesley Sanders leads the team with 17 goals on the year while Nardella ranks second with 15. Spada and freshman John Daniel are tied for third with 14 goals apiece.
Daniel continues to direct the VMI attack as he leads the group with 19 assists this season. Dodd ranks second on the team in assists with 10 for the year.
The defense continues to be strong when in man-down situations as the Keydets rank second in the league in penalty-killing percentage at .758, allowing just eight goals on 33 attempts by opponents. The team's leader in caused turnover, sophomore Kyle Walsh also leads the team in groundball pickups with 44 this season.
About the Bears (4-8, 1-5 SoCon)
Although Mercer comes into the contest with a 4-8 overall record, the Bears have come close to victory on numerous occasions with close losses to Vermont (13-12 score), Furman (11-10), Richmond (12-9) and Bellarmine (12-11). Mercers enters the match on a three-game losing streak with its most recent losses coming to No. 14 Richmond, Jacksonville, and Bellarmine.
The Bears are led by Kevin Yoggy, who has 15 goals this season to go with eight assists while Lucas Wittenberg has 13 goals and 12 assists for a team-high 25 points. Matt Quinn also plays an important role with 11 goals and 11 assists for the year. Jake Nelson is tied for second on the team with 13 goals this season.
In the circle, goalie Bradley Hodoval directs the defense with 665 minutes on the field and 112 saves to his credit for the year.