FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Defending MAAC champs on tap for JU men
Photo by Eddie Gard
Photo by Eddie Gard
Looking to rebound from Tuesday’s 11-8 loss to Air Force, the JU men’s lacrosse team goes to Siena with no easy task Saturday.

The Saints (5-3, 1-0) are defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champs and come in to the game on a four game win streak. One of their three losses was earlier in the season to then third-ranked and now number one Johns Hopkins.

“They have been playing at a high level for a while now,’’ coach Guy Van Arsdale said. “They’re the cream of the crop in the MACC and this is as big a challenge we can face in our conference and we’re excited to take it on.’’

Van Arsdale said the Dolphins (4-5, 1-1) found a new area of concern in the Air Force game as shooting became an issue. They hit on only eight of 25 shots, 25 percent.

“Up until Tuesday night I thought we had been shooting the ball pretty well but Tuesday we shot poorly,’’ he said. “We need to shoot the ball better than that because shooting percentage has been what’s carrying us. We’re getting quality looks at the cage and we need to finish those quality looks especially against a team like Siena.’’

For the season JU is about 34 percent as a team

Another area to work on, he said, is the face off game.

“Not just losing the face off but making some errors in that part of the game that gave up some bad goals,’’ Van Arsdale said. “We can’t afford to be giving up goals off of face offs. We’re struggling a little at the X right now and we need to fix that.’’

The game will feature a pair of MAAC Players of the Week going at each other.

JU’s Ari Waffle was the league’s Rookie of the Week and Siena’s Bryan Neufeld was the Offensive Player of the Week. Waffle also won the Cascade National Rookie of the Week award this time around after scoring a school-record eight goals against VMI.

Neufeld is Siena’s leading scorer with 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists) and Waffle is second on JU’s score sheet with 29 points (21/8). Midfielder Cam Mann, who has a point in 37 consecutive games, leads the Dolphins with 32 points (13/19).

Game time is noon and the game will be available on video stream and via live stats and will be shown on Time Warner Cable in New York state on the following channels: Albany - Channel 3 (SD) and 1803 (HD); Buffalo - Channel 13; Rochester - Channel 26 (Tape Delay); Syracuse - Channel 13; New York City/Hudson Valley - Channel 197.