Keydets Down Presbyterian, Win Second Straight

CLINTON, S.C. Devin Pinkston drove past a couple of defenders before netting the games first goal, but 10 first-half scores by the visiting VMI Keydets enabled them to defeat Presbyterian College 14-7 Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Hose (1-2) were led by rookie Tyler Melnyk, who recorded two goals and an assist. Andrew Athens also notched three points, coming on a goal and two assists.

Defensively, PC accounted for 16 caused turnovers as Ty Baugh led the way with three. Jon Athens, Derek Malone and Tyler Melnyk all recorded five ground balls apiece. Jon Athens also posted six saves on the day.

After Pinkstons goal just 1:21 into the game, the Keydets went on a 9-0 spurt spanning 21:06. The Blue Hose were unable to get on the board during that run thanks in part to some solid defense by the Keydets. However, after turning the ball over five times in the first period, PC battled back. The squad managed to get seven shots off in the second quarter, which resulted in two scores.

Tyler Melnyk took a pass from Ben Ewing with 2:08 to play and promptly rocketed a shot past VMIs Kelly McMinn for the score. However, VMI won the next face-off and quickly put it past Jon Athens to put the score at 10-2.

With under 30 seconds remaining in the half, PC called a time-out to diagram a play. The team broke the huddle and with 11 seconds to play before intermission, DJ Brown fired a shot into the back of the net, making it 10-3 at the break. On the goal, Andrew Athens was given credit for the assist.

As neither squad scored for the first few minutes of the second half, VMI gained possession at the 11-minute mark and was able to get the first score of the half on a Bernie Mowbray goal. VMI struck again at the 7:20 mark, but then the Blue Hose started to battle back.

With just under five minutes to go in the third, Sean Mulford found Tyler Melnyk for a score. Although the contest remained at the same score heading into the fourth quarter, a flurry of shots by PC in the third gave the team some momentum.

With 14:18 to play in the game, Mulford took an Andrew Athens pass, twisted his way free and fired a shot that resulted in a goal. Four minutes later, VMI countered with a score of its own.

Tyler Melnyk found Andrew Athens for a goal at the 9:57 mark while Patrick Foy split the defenders for a goal with 5:34 to play. Despite putting many more shots on frame, PC was not able to score again for the remainder of the game.

The Blue Hose return to action in Richmond, Va., against Yale. The contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

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CLINTON, S.C. VMI lacrosse got four goals from Tim Moran and a career-high four assists from Jacob Weimer as the Keydets earned their second straight win of the young season, 14-7, over the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in a non-conference contest played Tuesday in Clinton, S.C.

Moran's four goals were a season-high and all came in the first half, as the Keydets took a commanding 9-1 lead early before playing reserves late in the game. Weimer's four helpers surpassed his previous career best of three, set in last year's season finale against Canisius. Drew Leonard had a career-best five points and, for the second straight game, eight different Keydets scored goals as VMI moved to 2-2 for the first time since the 2005 season. PC dropped to 1-2 on the year.

The home team got on the board quickly, as the Blue Hose Devin Pinkston beat VMI keeper Kelly McMinn just 1:21 into the game to give PC a 1-0 lead early. VMI responded with one of its best runs in recent memory, as the Keydets scored nine unanswered goals and took control of the game.

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