No. 1 seed Richmond 16, No. 4 seed Furman 8
RICHMOND, Va. – Top-seeded Richmond used a record-breaking performance by Teddy Hatfield and a five-goal frenzy spanning the third and fourth quarters to blow open a tight game en route to a 16-8 win over No. 4 seed Furman on Thursday in the first semifinal of the Southern Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Robins Stadium. With the win, the Spiders advance to Saturday’s tournament title game for the fourth straight season.
Richmond (10-5) will face either No. 2 seed High Point or No. 3 seed Jacksonville, who square off in Thursday’s second semifinal. Furman sees its season end at 4-10 overall.
Hatfield notched a hat trick and dished off four assists, setting the single-game tournament record for assists and the league’s career assists record (66) and matching the tournament record for assists. Already the SoCon’s career scoring leader, Hatfield extended his record total to 150 points and claimed sole possession of second in league history with 84 goals.
The Spiders also matched the tournament single-game record with 28 points, registering 12 assists on their 16 goals.
After Furman had pulled to within one at 8-7 on a pair of William Holcomb goals in the third quarter, Richmond’s Mitch Savoca scored the second of his two goals on the day with just 0.9 seconds left in the frame to send the home team into the fourth with a two-goal advantage.
The goal was Richmond’s first of the second half and seemed to open the floodgates, as the Spiders would net four more in rapid succession, getting scoring strikes from Hatfield, Austin Brown, Ryan Lee and Mitch Goldberg in the first 2:28 of the fourth quarter to give the Spiders their largest lead of the game to that point at 13-7.
A Jonah Moore goal with 9:44 left got Furman back in the scoring column, but Richmond scored the final three, including a pair from Ryan Lanchbury to complete his hat trick.
The Hatfield-Lanchbury connection found pay dirt three times on the evening, as Hatfield assisted on two of Lanchbury’s scores and the freshman assisted on one of Hatfield’s.
Hatfield matched the SoCon Championship single-game record with three assists in the first half and claimed the mark as his own on Lanchbury’s final goal, with 6:11 left in the game.
Lee had two assists and three goals of his own to give Richmond three players with hat tricks, while Holcomb had three goals for the Paladins, who held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the early going. The Spiders’ Layne Collins had three assists.
Richmond keeper Blake Goodman improved to 10-5 on the year with 10 saves and eight goals allowed in 57 minutes of work. Nick D’Amaro had five ground balls and was 16-for-25 on faceoff attempts.
Furman keeper Alec Van de Bovenkamp made nine saves and allowed 16 goals in 56:21 to fall to 4-10 on the year.
Richmond will try Saturday for its first SoCon Championship title, as the Spiders have finished as runners-up in each of the previous three years of the tournament’s existence.
No. 3 seed Jacksonville 12, No. 2 seed High Point 11 (OT)
RICHMOND, Va. – No. 3 seed Jacksonville finished the game on an 8-1 run to rally past No. 2 seed High Point, 12-11 in overtime on Thursday in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Robins Stadium. The Dolphins got five goals from McLean Chicquen and the game-winner off the stick of Evan Tyler to reach the title contest for the first time.
The Dolphins (8-6) will take on No. 1 seed Richmond on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Southern Conference title and the league’s automatic NCAA berth on the line. Both sides will be seeking their first-ever SoCon tournament crown.
The Panthers were cruising in the early going, scoring five straight goals before halftime and adding another just 10 seconds into the third quarter to make it a 10-4 contest.
That’s where the score would stay for much of the period, but the Dolphin offense found its rhythm in the waning minutes. Chicquen scored his second goal of the day with 3:49 to play in the third to stop the schneid, and Jeremy Winston followed with a goal just under two minutes later. Chicquen scored again with exactly one minute left in the third to make it a three-goal game, and Tyler capped a run of four straight JU goals 3:03 into the fourth quarter.
High Point’s Adam Dickson stopped the bleeding with a goal with 9:47 left to restore the Panthers’ three-goal cushion at 11-8, but Chicquen and Winston struck again, with Chicquen again sandwiching a pair of goals around a Winston score to tie the game at 11. Chicquen’s fifth goal of the day came with just 2:02 left in regulation.
Neither side could punch one in in the remaining two minutes, but Chicquen found Tyler – who was playing in his hometown – for the game-winner just 22 seconds into the sudden-victory period.
Chicquen finished the day with seven points, pairing a couple of assists with his five goals. Tyler had a hat trick, while Winston had two goals and two assists.
High Point keeper Tim Troutner Jr. (6-7) was saddled with the loss despite a record day in goal, as he came up with a SoCon tournament-record 22 saves, one shy of the overall SoCon mark.
His counterpart, Hunter Sells, improved to 8-5 on the season, making nine saves.
The contest featured the 2018 SoCon Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Asher Nolting of High Point and Defensive Player of the Year Hunter Forbes of Jacksonville, with Coach of the Year John Galloway patrolling the JU sideline.
Nolting was held without a goal for the first time in his young career and had a career-low two points on a pair of assists, but that was enough to assume sole possession of the SoCon’s single-season points record. Nolting, now with 66 points to his credit, moved past Air Force’s Chris Walsch, who had 64 in 2016 and 2017.
Forbes matched the SoCon record for ground balls in a tournament game with 10 and was 17-for-26 (.654) on faceoff attempts.
Chris Young had High Point’s first two goals of the day, while Connor Robinson finished with four goals and an assist, all of which came in the first half.
SoCon Men’s Lacrosse Championship
May 3 (Thursday)
No. 1 Richmond 16, No. 4 Furman 8
No. 3 Jacksonville 12, No. 2 High Point 11 (OT)
May 5 (Saturday)
No. 1 Richmond vs. No. 3 Jacksonville, 2 p.m.
All games to air live on the SoCon Digital Network