Cumming, GA-- The St. Andrews Men's Lacrosse team advanced to the semifinals of the Southeast Lacrosse Conference Tournament by holding off Tennessee Wesleyan 11-9 Friday evening.
However, they would later fall on Saturday to SCAD 10-9 to end their season as they found out May 5 that they did not qualify for nationals.
TWC (7-5) had a great burst at the end of the game scoring 3 goals in less than a minute. SAU was a man down with 1:52 remaining when TWC fired a shot that was blocked by Knights defender David Simms. Simms collected the groundball and passed it to attacker Matt Benedict in SAU's offensive zone as the Knights ran out the clock for the win.
The Knights were led by leading scorer, freshman Jake Brown's 4 goals and Benedict's 4 assists and 5 points. Freshman Connor Cather also scored 2 goals while Nolan Gilmour had a goal and an assist.
Brown will finish the year leading the team with 60 goals and 79 points.
Goalkeeper Will Chiasson made 9 saves on 18 shots.
"We did a great job executing our game plan," said head coach Chris Sherman. "The team did a great job in all facets. It was a good disciplined team effort."
St. Andrews (11-5) then advanced to play SCAD-Savannah (8-6) on Saturday afternoon in the conference semis at Northview HS in Johns Creek, GA.
However, the Knights would go on to lose in heartbreaking fashion 10-9 to the Bees. SCAD got off to a good start in leading 4-1 after the first quarter. SAU cut it to 5-3 at halftime before SCAD extended their lead to 7-4 at the end of 3 quarters. St. Andrews would make a valiant comeback in the final quarter by scoring 5 goals and outscoring SCAD 5-3 but they would come up one goal short in falling 10-9.
On Sunday night, the lacrosse team found out that they had not recieved an at-large berth to the MCLA Division 2 National tournament which begins May 13. It consists of a 16 team single-elimination tournament. Three teams from SAU's southeast conference were selected: tournament champion Liberty (VA), runner-up SCAD-Savannah (GA) and Palm Beach Atlantic (FL). The Knights were later told they fell one spot shy of qualifying as they came in 17th place overall.
Making the All-SELC first team was freshman defenseman Kekoa Naipo while freshman attackman Jake Brown, who led the Knights in goals and points this year, was named to the second team all-conference along with freshman face-off specialist Randy Loving who was exceptional on faceoffs this season.
Also named to the Honorable Mention team were sophomore defenseman Dugan McDermott and freshman defender Malcolm Blaine who led the Knights in ground balls this season.