FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
There's not a better time for first road win
Donovan Lange (21) is third on the team in scoring with 23 points (photo by Eddie Gard)
Donovan Lange (21) is third on the team in scoring with 23 points (photo by Eddie Gard)
Winning on the road in any sport is critical to success and in the topsy-turvey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse play a road win gets magnified to the good.

The JU men go to Detroit Saturday looking for their first road win and being that the team is tied with Detroit (both teams are 2-2 in the MAAC and 5-6 overall) for the final playoff spot, this would be a good time to pull one off.

“It’s the Wacky MAAC,’’ JU coach Guy Van Arsdale said. “Everybody, for different reasons, in the end is the same in terms of the results. They may get there in different ways, but the end result, the level they achieve, is pretty even. You just don’t know.

What it does in the conference is put a premium on winning at home.’’

It also puts a premium on pulling one or more off on the road.

“If you can steal a road game that’s huge and that’s what we’re facing this weekend,’’ he said. “It’s always harder to play away and in conference it’s even harder. Both teams are excited, they know what’s at stake, there’s a level of familiarity with each other in the conference and it’s true, familiarity breeds contempt and that elevates the atmosphere.’’

The Dolphins are coming off an exciting 9-8 win over Canisius last week in which they held the Golden Griffins scoreless for 40:53 including the entire second half.

JU had fallen behind 8-4 before coming back and capping the win with 6:08 to play when junior midfielder Cameron Mann scored the game winner.

Mann leads the team with 39 points and attack Ari Waffle has 33 with a team-best 23 goals.

The Titans lost to Siena, 15-8, last week in a game that helped the Dolphins control their playoff destiny.

“Obviously, if we win both of these games we’re going to be in the conference tournament,’’ Van Arsdale said. “If we win one of these two we probably will, but you don’t want to turn it into an all or nothing game. That’s why this game becomes bigger because it puts us in a place where we are determining our own fate by getting a win this weekend.’’ In the Titans, Van Arsdale said, JU will find a team that thrives on chaos.

“They are high energy and physical,’’ he said. “They’re a little helter skelter, thrive on chaos and do that at both ends of the field.’’ Game time is set for noon and fans can follow the game through live stats on judolphins.com.

The Dolphins return home April 21 for their final home game of the season and will celebrate Senior Day for graduating seniors.