TUESDAY, MARCH 02, 2010
Men’s lacrosse fights through wind, rain and fires away Mt. St. Mary’s, 14-7
In a game that was filled with uncertainties, the JU men’s lacrosse team was anything but, racing away from Mt. St. Mary’s in the second half, 14-7, in a physical game at the Ashley Sports Complex.
The Dolphins (2-3) managed to weather a 9-24 night from the faceoff ‘X’ and put together a five-goal run spanning from the third to fourth quarter before putting the game away late in the fourth.
Freshman Cameron Mann scored his second hat trick in as many games and added two assists while freshmen Nick Scalzo and Donovan Lange also contributed three goals apiece on a night that saw 11 Dolphins record points. Senior goalie Brad Hester returned to his fine form, making nine saves, including six in the second half.
The Mountaineers (0-2) were led by a three-goal performance from Cody Lehrer while Jake Willertz scored two of his own. Goalie T.C. DiBartolo finished the game with seven saves on the night.
“I’m really happy with the performance tonight,” said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. “We preached to the guys to play 60 minutes of lacrosse because we know the effort is there it just sometimes falls off. We went up against a great team and a great goalie so this was nice win for us.”
The Dolphins played the Mountaineers to a tough first quarter, ending 2-2, while the rain began to fall heavily around the field. Lange put JU on the board with 4:11 remaining in the half and Mann scored three minutes later before a quick response at the end of the quarter from Lehrer evened the score.
The Dolphins opened up the second quarter with a bang when TJ Kenary scored a spectacular behind-the-back goal after a great look from freshman Max Gurowski from behind the goal. The hosts would score 42 seconds later on a man-up goal when Ryan Serville took a skip pass from Mann to put the Dolphins up 4-2.
The third quarter saw the Dolphins pull away from the Mountaineers with goals coming from Lange Mann and two from Scalzo as JU outscored The Mount 4-1. The last three goals of the quarter were a part of a five-goal run that stretched into the fourth quarter with goals from Mann and Lange. The Dolphins have gone on a five-plus goal run in three of their five games this year.
The Mountaineers submitted a late comeback bid with three goals in four minutes but the Dolphins would pull away at the end, finishing the game on a four-goal, nine minute run.
The man-up unit for Jacksonville started to find its rhythm in this game, scoring three times with goals from Serville, Mann and Dan Jones while the man-down defense excelled, giving up just two goals on six attempts. JU has committed fewer penalties than its opponent in every game this year.
The Dolphins hit the field on Friday night at 7 p.m. when they face Providence at the Ashley Sports Complex as Kerwick looks for his 100th career win.
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