Waleska, GA- The St. Andrews University men's lacrosse team suffered their second loss of the season today as they could not overcome the defensive pressure of AAC rival Reinhardt University in falling 7-6.
Reinhardt got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 7 minutes of play before SAU would rally and score the next 4 goals unanswered to take a 4-3 lead with 8 minutes to go in the third quarter. Both teams went scoreless in the 2nd quarter. Freshman attackman Jason Wilson led the charge in scoring 2 quick ones at the beginning of the third. Fellow freshman Hevin Jackson would then put the Knights on top with his goal 3rd goal of the season as well.
However, Reinhardt would rally back scoring their next 4 unanswered to take a 7-4 lead with 5 minutes to go in the game. The Knights would then try to rally again scoring the next two goals to cut Reinhardt's lead to one. However, SAU could not find the tying goal in the last few minutes in falling 7-6.
Wilson led with 3 goals while Jackson, freshman Connor Cather, and freshman Cha'Sed Miller scored one apiece with Miller also adding an assist. Freshman Matt Benedict led with 3 assists. Wilson also led with 9 shots attempted with 6 on goal while freshman defender Malcolm Blaine collected 6 ground balls and forced 4 turnovers to lead the team. Freshman defender Derek McLeod also played well in forcing 3 Eagle turnovers and collecting 4 ground balls.
Wilson is now tied for 2nd on the team in goals, along with freshman Jonathon Arvin, with 11 apiece while Benedict leads the team in assists with 10.
SAU ended up outshooting Reinhardt 33-32 overall while also collecting 4 more ground balls than the Eagles.
SAU goalie Will Chiasson played well in making 10 saves and only allowing 7 goals on 17 shots on goal. However, RU goalie Erik Carson was just a tad better in stopping 13 shots on 19 attempts from the SAU attackers to lead the Eagles to the SELC and AAC victory.
"Injuries and road fatigue caught up to us today," said head coach Chris Sherman. "It was clear the gears were not turning for our offensive systems. Ground balls were an important battle, the pace was full-sprint all game, the physical play was intense. A birth of another great NAIA rivalry was born today."
SAU falls to 6-2 with the tough-luck loss while Reinhardt improves to 9-1 on the year.
St. Andrews returns home on Saturday for their home finale against division opponent College of Charleston (SC) at 2 pm.