MOUNT VERNON – Saturday will be a historic first day for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, as MVNU’s men’s lacrosse program will host its first home game in team history when the Cougars welcome Taylor (Ind.) to Mount Vernon.
The historic day is both the first home match for MVNU men’s lacrosse, and the first varsity contest held at the new turf field, which completed phase one of construction this past winter. The new facility currently features an artificial turf surface, a new scoreboard in the south end, field lights, covered benches, a portable press box and bleacher seating.
MVNU enters Saturday’s match 0-2 in their inaugural season as a varsity program. The Cougars last played on Feb. 21 and 22 in Georgia, where they fell in successive games to Point (Ga.) 11-4 and St. Andrews (N.C.) 15-5.
Taylor enters play on Saturday 0-1 on the season. The Trojans fell in their opener on the road, losing at Kalamazoo (Mich.) 18-9 on Feb. 29. Taylor is led by first-year head coach Chad Newhard, and is in its second season of men’s lacrosse.
Michael Kahoun is MVNU’s top scorer so far this season, picking up three goals in the Cougars’ opening weekend in Georgia. Joshua Jerome has two assists to lead the Cougars in that category, and shares the points lead with Kahoun, with both having three.
Micah Rex leads the team in ground balls recovered with five; Kahoun is the squad leader in caused turnovers, with one. Camari Hunt has taken all of MVNU’s face-offs this season, and is 6-18 thus far.
Saturday’s game is the beginning of a four-match varsity home schedule for MVNU. The Cougars return to the turf March 10 against fellow first-year program William Penn (Iowa) for a 4 p.m. face-off. MVNU then hosts Midland (Neb.) on March 23 at 6 p.m.
The Cougars’ final home match of the varsity slate is against Cleary (Mich.) at 2 p.m. on April 13. MVNU will also host two scrimmages against Eastern Michigan and West Liberty State (W.Va.) on March 18 beginning at 12 p.m.
Due to logistical issues from ongoing construction in the area, MVNU will not provide a live broadcast of Saturday’s match. WNZR will post an archived video broadcast of the game after the match is completed, to be uploaded to www.wnzr.tv. Face-off is currently set for 1 p.m.