JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Conference games are always a battle. Conference road games are even tougher.
That's exactly what the 19th-ranked Richmond Spiders will face when they return to SoCon play with a road game against Jacksonville on Saturday morning on WatchESPN.
The contest will be Jacksonville's 2017 SoCon opener after a rigourous non-conference scheduled that saw them square off with three nationally-ranked programs.
Richmond will look to stay hot after Monday's defeat of the defending national champions UNC.
|2017 SPIDER MEN'S LACROSSE GAMEDAY CENTRAL - at Jacksonville
|Who||#19 Richmond Spiders (6-1, 1-0 SoCon) at Jacksonville (0-6, 0-0)|
|When||Saturday, Mar. 18, 11 a.m.|
|Venue||D.B. Milne Field|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
Series vs. Jacksonville (UR leads 3-0)
Richmond has owned the young series with the Dolphins, winning all three contests over the past three seasons. Last year, the Spiders won a 12-6 decision in Richmond (box score).
In the three games against the Dolphins, Richmond has scored 41 goals total and never fewer than 12 in each of the games.
Seniors Dan Ginestro and J.P. Forester have combined for 11 goals and six assists in the three meetings with Jacksonville.
The Spiders have long been known for their lockdown D and that's continued this spring with Richmond allowing only 5.57 goals per game, the fewest in the entire country.
Benny Pugh, who is a four-year starter in goal for the Spiders, leads the country in save percentage and goals against average.
The Spiders rely on seniors Brendan Hynes, Ryan Dennis and Ryan Berning, who have played together for four years now. Hynes and Dennis both rank in the top-five in the country in caused turnovers per game.
To go along with the stifling defensive unit, Richmond boasts a potent attack line, which ranks among the country's best.
The Spiders starting attack line of Teddy Hatfield, Dan Ginestro and Ryan Lee have combined for 70 points this season, which ranks sixth in the country for total points by a starting attack line.
Lee ranks in the top-25 in the country with his 18 goals this season.
Laying the Foundation
This year's senior class was the first-ever recruiting class for Coach Chemotti and his staff. It's the first class to go all four years for the Spiders.
Here's their journey: Laying the Foundation
Sophomore Ryan Lee is enjoying a breakout start to his second season at Richmond, combining for 13 goals and five assists in the Spiders' first four victories.
The South Salem, N.Y. native made history last Saturday against Marquette becoming the first player ever to post four consecutive hat tricks.
Teddy's The Talk Of The Town
Hatfield's four goal, four assist performance in the season-opening win not only set a program record for a single game point total, it also earned him EPOCH Magazine and US Lacrosse's National Player of the Week honor.
In 20 career games, Hatfield has 30 goals and 23 assists.
In addition to Hatfield's national honor, he also helped Richmond sweep the first SoCon weekly awards of the season by earning SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, while senior goalie Benny Pugh was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week.
Pugh had 15 saves and limited the potent Fairfield attack to just three goals, the second fewest allowed by any team in the country over the first two weeks of the season.
Boasting About Brendan
Senior Brendan Hynes is the only player in Richmond history with 200 ground balls and 100 caused turnovers and his play backs up those stats.
Hynes, who has been named to the all-conference teams in each of his three seasons with the Spiders, earned Preseason Honorable Mention All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse.
He's the first Preseason All-American in Richmond history.
Hynes wasn't the only Spider earning preseason recoginition as he was one of six members of this year's squad to earn Preseason All-SoCon honors.
Joining Hynes on the preseason squad was Mitch Goldberg, Ryan Dennis, Austin Cates, Peter Moran and Jean-Luc Chetner.