WEDNESDAY, MARCH 09, 2011
Men’s lacrosse returns home to face Robert Morris on Wednesday
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After earning a split on a two-game road trip through Colorado, the JU men’s lacrosse team will play its first on-campus game of the season when it hosts Robert Morris on Wednesday night at the Ashley Sports Complex. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.

JU (2-2) is coming off a 10-7 win over Air Force in the second leg of the DU Face-Off Classic. The Dolphins saw three players—TJ Kenary, Bobby Stockton and Tanner Gard— named to the all-tournament team after losing to No. 18 Denver and beating the Falcons.

The Dolphins will face a Robert Morris squad that has been competitive in every game despite its 1-3 record. Those three losses have come by a combined six goals.

“This should be a great game,” JU head coach Matt Kerwick said. “Both teams play an aggressive and fast style. We’re excited to have our first game at Ashley against a great opponent.”

Both losses for the Dolphins have come against nationally ranked opponents. The high-caliber competition hasn’t deterred Stockton, who leads JU in goals (11) and points (12) despite not starting a single game. The senior midfielder tallied his second four-goal game against Air Force to earn the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s “Offensive Player of the Week” award.

“We’re pretty confident. As a team, we’re still developing but I think we have a good shot to do something great this year,” Stockton said.

Kenary also surged to a fast start, notching the eighth multi-goal game of his career with his first hat trick of the season at Denver. The sophomore attackman is second on the team with seven goals.

Just two of the Dolphins first eight games will come at home with the Robert Morris game representing the only contest to be played at Jacksonville University. Overall, the Dolphins are averaging just shy of 44 shots per game and 13.5 goals. RMU comes in with a 10 goals-per-game average.

The Colonials boast a balanced offense led by double-digit scorers Trevor Moore and Patrick Smith, who both have 10 goals. But RMU has also committed 27 penalties, which could give JU a chance to utilize a thriving man-up unit. The Dolphins are 2-1 when scoring one man-up goal in a game.

“We just need to play as a team and play hard,” Stockton said. “We need to be focused and do everything we do in practice. If we do that, I think we’ll be able to take them out.”

JU continues to be the top attendance draw in the country. The listed crowd for both games in Denver exceeded four digits, meaning the Dolphins have played in front of crowds larger than 1,000 people in three of its first four games. Boosted by the Sunshine Classic turnout, JU officially leads the nation in attendance at 8,152. That figures almost doubles the next-highest average, which belongs to Syracuse at 4,353.

The Dolphins will be looking to even the all-time series versus Robert Morris. The Colonials won the first meeting in 2010, posting a 18-17 victory in Moon Township, Pa.

Fans who cannot make it out to the game can access the video stream by logging on to ASun.TV.