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Richmond won its second straight SoCon Championship
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Richmond repeats as men's lacrosse tournament champion
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 05/04/2019
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HIGH POINT, N.C. – No. 3 seed Richmond got hat tricks from Nick D’Amaro, Teddy Hatfield and Ryan Lanchbury and 14 saves from Most Outstanding Player Jack Rusbuldt to knock off top-seeded and 11th-ranked High Point 15-7 in Saturday’s title game of the Southern Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The title was the Spiders’ second straight.

After Chris Young’s goal tied the game at 4 late in the second quarter, Richmond (10-6) outscored the Panthers 11-3 the rest of the way. A 5-0 run spanning halftime gave Richmond a 9-4 lead and High Point could never recover.

Richmond’s Tyler Shoults got the scoring started just 1:34 into the contest, but High Point’s Hunter Vines countered just over a minute later. The Spiders would then run off three straight, including Shoults’ second of the day, to open some breathing room at 4-1 early in the second quarter.

The Panthers (13-3) got right back into it, rattling off a trio of goals in just 1:34 to knot things at 4. Sean Coughlin scored the first two in the run, notching goals with 6:30 and 5:48 left in the first half. Young tied it just 52 seconds later to give HPU new life, but Ryan Lee put Richmond back on top with 2:30 left and the Spiders would never relinquish the lead.

Hatfield opened the second-half scoring just 1:16 in the frame before Lanchbury sandwiched goals around D’Amaro’s first of the day. D’Amaro won the faceoff after Lanchbury’s first strike and raced in for a goal just seven seconds later. Lanchbury’s second made it 9-4 with 4:03 to play in the third.

High Point’s Young stopped the bleeding with 1:44 to play in the quarter, but D’Amaro again won the ensuing faceoff and scored just seven seconds later to restore the five-goal Richmond lead.

Asher Nolting, who had four assists on the day, added a goal with 11:25 to play in the fourth, but Richmond once again had a quick answer, as Mitch Savoca scored just 1:15 later.

With 7:05 left, Hatfield spied High Point keeper Tim Troutner Jr. straying from the goal and fired from midfield into an empty net to make it 12-6. The Spiders would score three times in the final 2:24 to put the game out of reach, with Lanchbury, D’Amaro and Hatfield all completing their hat tricks in the waning minutes.

Rusbuldt made 14 saves on the day and held High Point to its lowest scoring output of the season. Coupled with his 12 in the semifinal win over Air Force on Thursday, the redshirt sophomore set the tournament record for total saves.

Young and Coughlin had two goals each to lead the Panthers, while Nolting matched UR’s Lanchbury, who had two assists, for game-high honors with five points.

Young and Nolting now sit at 44 goals on the season, surpassing the old program record of 43. Lanchbury pushed his season goal total to 50, extending both the Richmond and SoCon records.

High Point’s Davis Sampere had a tournament-record 15 ground balls Saturday. He also set the cumulative tournament mark with 21.

The Richmond win gave the SoCon three 10-win teams for the first time in a season in league history. High Point (13) and Air Force (10) also reached the mark.

Richmond will learn its postseason destination Sunday, as the NCAA Selection Show will air at 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU.

All-Tournament Team

Trent Harper, Air Force
Brandon Jones, Air Force
Zack Deaken, Jacksonville
Jack Dolan, Jacksonville
Asher Nolting, High Point
Tim Troutner Jr., High Point
Chris Young, High Point
Ray Baran, Richmond
Teddy Hatfield, Richmond
Ryan Lanchbury, Richmond
Sean Menges, Richmond
Jack Rusbuldt, Richmond

Most Outstanding Player
Jack Rusbuldt, Richmond

Pinnacle Award (highest GPA on championship-winning team)

Blake Goodman, Richmond

SoCon Men’s Lacrosse Championship

(Vert Stadium; High Point, N.C.)
May 2 (Thursday)
No. 1 High Point 17, No. 4 Jacksonville 3
No. 3 Richmond 7, No. 2 Air Force 6

(Vert Stadium; High Point, N.C.)
May 4 (Saturday)
No. 3 Richmond 15, No. 1 High Point 7

All games to air live on ESPN+

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