JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville men’s lacrosse had numerous players rise to the occasion on Saturday in a win-or-go-home game at Furman, but two stood head and shoulders above the rest. On Monday, junior attacker Rob Moore and sophomore goalkeeper Bass Barfield were honored for their efforts in JU’s 13-11 victory over the Paladins, being named the Atlantic Sun Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Moore was twice named MAAC Rookie of the Week as a freshman, but this is the first Player of the Week awards for both.
Moore was instrumental on the offensive end for the Dolphins, contributing a game-high five points to the cause. He assisted on Jacksonville’s first goal of the day, tying the game at 1-1, but was then held in check until late in the third quarter when he almost single-handedly kept JU’s season alive. With the game tied, 9-9, after a Furman goal with 1:50 left in the third, Moore scored three goals in less than seven minutes of game time – all unassisted – to lift Jacksonville to a lead it wouldn’t give up the rest of the way. He also assisted on his brother Tom’s goal in that span as well. Ahead 13-9, JU had the cushion it needed to hold on for the 13-11 win and qualify for this week’s Atlantic Sun Tournament.
Moore had the offensive heroics, but it all might not have been enough if not for Barfield in goal. Entering the game with less than three minutes remaining until halftime and JU clinging onto a 7-6 lead, Barfield turned away an onslaught of Furman shots throughout the rest of the game. His 15 saves were more than double what he had entered the day with in his entire career. From when he entered the contest, the Paladins failed to score for more than 13 minutes. After the game was tied at 9-9 and Moore took over on the other end, Barfield did his job in between the posts and held the Paladins scoreless for nearly another 10 minutes before allowing in a shot. It was the first victory for the sophomore in his fourth JU appearance.
Thanks in large part to those two performances, Jacksonville enters the Atlantic Sun Tournament on Thursday as the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 2 High Point in Macon, Ga. at 3:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ASun.TV.