Vmi vs. Presbyterian
February 27, 2008
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va.- The VMI Keydet lacrosse team won its home opener Wednesday, as it defeated the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College 15-4. Tim Moran sparked the Keydets, as the sophomore midfielder had four goals and three assists to lead the way for the VMI squad.

On the extremely cold, blustery day, with a wind chill in the 20’s, action got underway with the contest’s opening face-off at 3:30 p.m. The two teams were scoreless for more than 10 minutes, until senior Matt Harrison found Bobby Davis, who in turn found the back of the net.

Davis’ first goal of the season gave the Keydets an early 1-0 lead, but the Blue Hose quickly responded. At the 3:01 mark of the opening period, Presbyterian’s Brian Foley tallied the tying goal, and the score remained tied after one quarter of play.

In the second period, VMI got a goal from Jacob Weimer at the 12:33 mark, and Moran followed with his first of the day to make it 3-1. Presbyterian quickly answered, as Marc Handel scored to cut the Keydets’ halftime lead to 3-2. The Blue Hose got a quick goal less than two minutes into the second half, as Drew Tobias scored to tie the game.

With the score knotted at 3, and snow falling periodically, the Keydets proceeded to score eleven unanswered goals. The streak began with freshman Jamie Wulforst’s first collegiate score, a goal which came at the 11:40 mark. The marker appeared to ignite the young midfielder, as he scored two more goals in the third period to notch his first career three-goal game.

During their eleven-goal run, the Keydets also saw Moran score his second, third, and fourth goals of the day, as well as Weimer notch his second. For Weimer, a sophomore from Bear. Del, the game marked his second-consecutive two-goal effort.

Harrison also tallied for the Keydets during the spurt, as did Davis for the second time on the day. Brett Leonard got on the scoresheet with his two goals, the markers which concluded the impressive spurt.

With the score 14-3, the teams traded late goals, including VMI’s Roland Richardson notching his first collegiate goal as time expired. The freshman’s goal accounted for the final 15-4 margin.

During today’s outing, the Keydets continued to impress in the clearing game. VMI successfully cleared the ball in 15 out of 18 attempts, including 7-of-8 during its strong second-half effort. The Keydet attack was also solid, as VMI fired 48 shots, including 28 on goal, compared to Presbyterian’s 24 overal.

With the win, the Keydets defeat the Blue Hose for the second-consecutive season, and VMI moves to 1-3 on the 2008 campaign. The Keydets will return to action next Tuesday, March 4, as they travel to Charlottesville to take on the #3-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. The action on the campus of the University of Virginia is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.