CHAMPS! Men’s Lacrosse Heads to NCAA Tournament
RICHMOND, Virginia – For the fourth time in the program’s history, the 17and The University of Richmond’s ranked men’s lacrosse program heads to the NCAA Tournament as the second-seeded Spiders knocked out Jacksonville 10-9 Saturday afternoon at Vert Stadium. The Spiders will learn where their season will continue on Sunday night with the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on ESPNU at 9 p.m.
Richmond started its program in 2014 and has appeared in the conference championship game for its eight-year run. The Spiders have now won three SoCon tournament titles in seven seasons while adding an Atlantic Sun Conference championship in the inaugural season in 2014.
graduate midfielder Luc Frankeny (Wilmington, North Carolina) was named SoCon Tournament MVP and earned all-tournament honors after setting a SoCon Tournament record with eight goals in Spider’s two wins. Frankeny led the way again on Saturday, scoring a team-high three goals, including the game-winning final tally with 2:58 left in the game.
Joining Frankeny on the All-Tournament Team Features a Graduated Short Stick Midfielder Tim Adams (Chatham, New Jersey), main defender Jake Saunders (Oakville, Ont.), freshman goalie in red shirt Zach Vigue (Apex, North Carolina) and junior attack Dalton Young (Chantilly, Virginia). Senior long-stick midfielder Jake Kapp (Pepper Pike, Ohio) received the SoCon Pinnacle Award for the winning team’s best cumulative GPA.
— Richmond Lacrosse (@SpiderMLAX) May 7, 2022
Sunday’s championship game was a wild back-and-forth affair typical of a championship game. The Spiders (11-4) struck first, scoring the game’s first two goals. Graduate Attack Ryan Lanchbury (Burlington, Ontario) started early with his 39and goal of the year, increasing his points streak to 58 consecutive games. Young added his first goal of the day, giving the Spiders a 2-0 lead.
Frankeny registered his first and senior Ryan Dun (Towson, Maryland) put the Spiders ahead 4-2 early in the second quarter. The teams traded man bases before Young scored to send the Spiders into the locker room with a 6-5 advantage. Richmond edged the Dolphins 31-11 in the first half, but held a one-goal lead.
Jacksonville (14-3) took its first lead of the day with the first two goals of the second half. Second year Lance Madonna (East Syracuse, NY) tied the game with 2.3 seconds left in the third quarter on one of Lanchbury’s three assists on the day.
The Dolphins took an 8-7 lead at 1:49 of the fourth quarter, but the Spiders responded with three straight goals. Frankeny added his second goal of the game, tying it 8-8 before the first year Cooper Dainton (Hingham, Massachusetts) scored as the shot clock expired at 6:17 to take a 9-8 lead. Dainton’s goal was his ninth of the year, but only his third goal since March 26.
Frankeny added a huge insurance goal with 2:58 remaining in the game, scoring an unassisted goal for his hat trick and a 10-8 advantage. Jacksonville shot within one with 37 seconds remaining but rookie Jared Chenoy (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) won a huge faceoff and Saunders recovered the stray ball. The Spiders were able to run time with possession, sending the team into celebration.
The Spiders have appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times in program history. Richmond won the A-Sun tournament in 2014 (at Air Force), while winning the SoCon tournament in 2018 (at UAlbany) and 2019 (at Duke).