Johns Creek, Ga.—The St. Andrews University men's lacrosse team saw their first season under head coach Joe Wilson come to a heartbreaking end as they fell 12-11 to Kennesaw St. University (Ga.) in the Southeast Conference tournament semifinals on Saturday. The Knights first upset the top seeded SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) Bees on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals 12-8.
After SAU jumped out to a fast start leading 9-3 at half over the Bees on Friday, SCAD started a small comeback in the fourth quarter scoring 4 goals. However, it was not enough as St. Andrews dominated the quarterfinal matchup as attacker Jason Wilson (SO/Hershey, PA) and midfielder Cha'Sed Miller (SO/Lexington, KY) each scored 4 goals apiece while senior captain Chris Michela (SR/Vienna, VA) led with 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists). Midfielder Connor Cather (SO/Poulsbo, WA) also scored 2 goals to lead the attack. Miller also led with 5 ground balls while goalie Will Chiasson (JR/Victoria, BC, Canada) made 11 saves on 19 shots.
The semifinal battle between the Knights and the Southwest's 2 seed was very competitive. However, just like the day before, SAU got off to a big lead in the first half as they led 9-4 at halftime. KSU then started to rally outscoring the Knights 8-2 in the second half, 3-1 in the third and then 5-1 in the fourth. Unfortunately, with the score tied at 11, KSU put the finishing touches on their large comeback as they scored with just 3 seconds to go to break the hearts of the SAU faithful.
The game was basically two halves as SAU dominated the first half while Kennesaw won the second. Miller and Cather led with 3 goals apiece while Michela again had 6 points, 2 goals and 4 assists. Wilson also scored two goals while midfielder Nolan Gilmour (SO/Portland, OR) added one. Defender Derek McLeod (SO/Victoria, BC, Canada) led with 4 ground balls as well while Chiasson made 20 saves on 32 shots in net.
Kennesaw St. (10-5) was so worn out by the Knights (7-8) on Saturday that they got crushed on Sunday in the Conference Finals falling 17-6 to NAIA and AAC rival Reinhardt (Ga.) (11-2), who earned their first trip to Nationals with the win.