February 15, 2011

Mercer Hosts VMI in Home Opener

from press release

MACON, Ga. – Mercer University will have its first opportunity to showcase its inaugural men's lacrosse team to its own fans when the program plays its home opener on Wednesday (Feb. 16) versus Virginia Military Academy on campus at Bear Field. Face-off is slated for 4 p.m., with pre-game ceremonies beginning slightly before that time.

The Bears christened their program last Saturday (Feb. 12 ) at Ohio State University, suffering a 20-2 loss in Columbus.

In the program's first competition, head coach Jason Childs' team looked nervous – with an entirely-freshman starting lineup - and found itself down 7-0 before it was able to even register the Bears' first-ever goal. That honor went to Cole Branch unassisted at the 11:20 juncture of the second quarter.

Branch also assisted on a goal by Brett Eisenmann later that period to give him two points on the year.

Mercer starting goalkeeper Justin Bateman played the first three quarters and was saddled with 17 of the Buckeyes' goals, earning six saves. Dillon Volk played the last quarter and was charged with three goals and had one save.

OSU, which received votes for the Insider Lacrosse NCAA Division I top-20 pre-season coaches' poll, dominated the proceedings by out-shooting MU, 43-20, and winning 22 of the 24 face-offs.

VMI (0-1) also lost its 2011 opener, falling at Navy by a 14-8 score. While the Keydets got more results on the scoreboard, they were also handily out-shot by the Midshipmen, 43-23.

VMI's Bobby Davis had two goals and an assist off the bench, while starting midfielder Stephen Robarge added a pair of goals to top the Keydets. Goalkeeper Kelly McMinn went the distance in the nets and had nine saves in the loss.

What was a 5-5 contest early in the second quarter blew up in VMI's face when Navy out-scored the visitors, 9-3, the rest of the way.

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