Richmond men’s lacrosse returns home to Robins Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. with an Atlantic Sun tilt against High Point. The Spiders (3-8, 1-1 ASun) are playing their final two home games of the season in the next two weekends. High Point (7-4, 3-1 ASun) is playing its final conference game of the season before finishing the year with a pair of non-conference games. All men's lacrosse home games are presented by Select Sector SPDRs.
The Spiders are coming off capturing both the team’s first road and conference win last Saturday at Furman in a 13-10 result. Richmond has won three of its last six contests, including two of its last three. Eight of the team’s 11 games have been played to within four goals this season.
Freshman J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) posted three goals in the Furman win to tie for the team lead in goal scoring. He now has 21 goals and at least two in the last seven Richmond contests. He and freshman teammate Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) are tied for fourth in the Atlantic Sun with 1.91 goals per game.
A pair of Richmond midfielders, Jean-Luc Chetner (Penticton, BC) and Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.Y.) have posted points in all 11 games this season. Chetner has 13 goals and eight assists this season to sit in a tie for third with 21 points, while Hatem has 11 goals and eight assists in 2014.
The Spiders have held their last five opponents to a little over eight goals per game, down from the 13 goals per game allowed in the first six games. Freshman goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va. / Woodberry Forest School) has a 9.9 goals against average and 86 saves. He is just one of three goalies in the league with a sub-10 GAA.
The Panthers are 2-2 in their last four games, losing at Bellarmine in overtime last weekend. HPU goalie Austin Geisler is second in the NCAA in saves per game (13.55) and leads the league with a .596 save percentage. The Panthers have the league’s top goal-scorer and assist man. Dan Lomas has scored 2.82 goals per game (31 total) and Matt Thistle’s 27 assists put him at 2.45 per contest.
Admission is free for lacrosse at Robins Stadium.