Greenville, S.C. – Furman men's lacrosse opens play in the Southern Conference Men's Lacrosse tournament on Thursday night as the No. 4 seed, taking on No. 1 seed Richmond at 5:30 p.m. inside Robbins Stadium on Richmond's campus.
The Paladins (4-9) took down the Spiders earlier in the season for the first time in school history, 10-9. It took another thrilling victory on Saturday, an 8-7 win over Bellarmine, coupled with an Air Force loss to lock-up the No. 4 seed for the Paladins in this week's conference tournament. Furman, making its third SoCon Championship appearance and second in a row, is seeking its first title. The Paladins fell to Richmond in the semifinals in both 2015 and 2017.
William Holcomb was named First Team All-SoCon earlier today, the Paladins' lone All-Conference selection. Richmond shared league-best honors with Jacksonville with four first-team all-conference selections each.
Richmond (9-5) and High Point (6-7) each won Saturday to finish with 6-1 records in league play and share the regular-season SoCon title, which is the third for the Spiders and the first for the Panthers. UR earned the top seed in the league tournament by virtue of its 15-12 win over High Point on March 24. The Spiders, who will be making their fourth appearance in the tournament in as many seasons of SoCon men's lacrosse's existence, has hosted each of the previous three league championships and has reached the title game all three times, posting a trio of runner-up finishes. The Spiders, who are receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll, are paced on offense by junior Teddy Hatfield, the league's career scoring leader with 143 points on 81 goals and 62 assists.
No. 2 seed High Point will take on No. 3 seed Jacksonville at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. The title game of the SoCon Championship will be Saturday at 2 p.m.
All three contests will air live on the SoCon Digital Network, with Jason Patterson handling play-by-play duties and Phil Cox serving as analyst.