LEXINGTON, Va. – Taking a tough loss last week at Mercer, the VMI lacrosse team looks to bounce back into the win column with a Friday night SoCon road matchup against High Point at 7 p.m. in High Point, North Carolina.
Date/Time: Friday, April 13 | 7 p.m.
Location: High Point, N.C. | Vert Stadium
Named one of two VMI cadet-athletes as an NSCA All-American strength and conditioning athlete, senior attack Wesley Sanders leads the VMI offense and is just five points (combination of goals and assists) away from the century mark for his VMI career.
VMI’s defensive backline has been especially strong this year. Defenders Kyle Walsh and Eric Lane rank third (2.78) and sixth (2.22) in the country, respectively, in caused turnovers per game. Walsh also ranks 12th in the nation in groundballs per game at 6.56 per game.
Sophomore faceoff specialist AJ Krstulovic is having a great season as he ranks eighth in the country in faceoff winning percentage at .647. Together with Tristan Capes-Davis the unit ranks 11th in the NCAA with a .598 faceoff win percentage.
As a defensive unit the Keydets rank seventh in the country and first in the Southern Conference in caused turnovers per game at 9.11. Goalie Bill Osteen is 11th in the country in saves per game at 12.0 per outing.
About the Panthers (3-7, 3-1 SoCon)
High Point has played an extremely difficult schedule but have fared well the past month by going 3-1 against Southern Conference opponents. The Panthers opened the season 0-6 with losses coming to the likes of No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Maryland, No. 6 Virginia, St. John’s and Robert Morris.
The Panthers’ lone SoCon loss came at the hands of Richmond back on March 24 but have since defeated Bellarmine, Jacksonville and Furman in recent weeks.
High Point is led by Connor Robinson’s 28 goals on the season and is followed closely by Asher Nolting, who has contributed 22 thus far. Chris Young (13) and Koby Russell (12) are other notable scorers for the Panthers. Nolting is also the core distributor and has a team-high 25 assists, 20 more than the second most assists leader, Robinson, who has five.