Lacrosse Finishes Road Trip at VMI
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer men's lacrosse team has its next chance to snap a recent scoring slump as the team looks to be the aggressor in Saturday's match scheduled at the Virginia Military Institute.
Tying a season-low in goals with four against Air Force on March 31, the Bears followed their lackluster performance by finding the net only twice in their last outing at Delaware on Monday.
Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m. and with only two games remaining on the 2012 schedule, the Bears (1-11) will lace it up for their eighth and final road game of the season at VMI.
Marking Mercer's fourth consecutive contest away from Bear Field, Head Coach Jason Childs and his squad are in search of their second win of the season against a 2-9 Keydets team.
LAST TIME OUT – April 9, 2012
With the offensive struggles as a main concern, the Bears weren't able to find a rhythm on the defensive side of the ball either. Delaware had a total of 51 shot attempts in the match.
On a bright note, sophomore Zach Ward notched his 17th goal of the season. Ward's team-leading goal comes only a few games after recording his first collegiate hat trick against Wagner.
SCOUTING THE KEYDETS
Sharing opponents such as St. Joseph's, Wagner, Jacksonville, Manhattan and Detroit with the Bears in 2012, the Keydets coincidentally picked up their first victory of the season against the Wagner squad in a 12-11 overtime match on March 13. Mercer defeated Wagner just a few days later with a 14-11 win at home.
The Bears and Keydets are familiar with one another as they faced off a year ago in Mercer's inaugural season. The Bears dropped the contest 15-9 on Feb. 16, 2011. This day marked the Bears' first-ever home game in the program's history.
In the game, nine different Mercer players found the back of the net in the balanced attack. Then freshman Sam Grayson's unassisted goal at 8:46 of the first quarter was the first goal scored by Mercer at Bear Field.
This season, seniors Drew Leonard and Keith Long lead VMI's offensive attack as Leonard paces the team in goals (19) and Long holds a commanding lead in overall points (32).
-After picking up their first win of the year against Wagner on March 16, the Bears have been outscored 51 to 14 in three matches since. Mercer has been outshot 124 to 74 in the same span.