FRIDAY, MARCH 05, 2010
JU men’s lacrosse tops Providence for Matt Kerwick’s 100th win, 9-4
The JU men’s lacrosse team scored early and often in the first half to down Providence, 9-4, on a chilly night at the Ashley Sports Complex.
The Dolphins (3-3) had to endure long possessions from the Friars (0-2) as the visitors slowed the game to a near standstill for three quarters. A dominate ground ball performance (45-23) helped lead the home side to grab head coach Matt Kerwick’s 100th win in Division I play.
JU was paced by another hat trick night from freshman T.J. Kenary while sophomore Jeremy Tissenbaum added two goals with three more points coming from the nation’s points leader, Ryan Serville (1,2). Senior goalie Brad Hester played a large part in the defense's success, making just two saves but coming out of the crease on many occasions to lead the team in ground balls with seven.
The Friars were paced with four goals by four different players while goalie Frank Cicero played the last 54 minutes and made six saves.
“What a great night for us,” said Kerwick. “You have to give Providence a lot of credit for staying in the game and controlling the pace for the last three quarters. I’m humbled by this milestone but the night really belongs to the team; we put forth an inspired effort tonight.”
The night may have been cold but the Dolphins came firing out of the gates with four goals in the first seven minutes.
After losing the opening faceoff, JU forced a turnover at the defensive end and went down the field, leaving the ball in the stick of Tissenbaum. The sophomore took the ball behind the cage and wrapped around for a tidy close-range finish exactly one minute into the game. TJ Kenary tallied next for the Dolphins off a pass from freshman Nick Scalzo before he and Serville both found the back of the net to bring the score to 4-0.
The Dolphins showed no sign of slowing down after the opening four, tallying the fifth of the game after a turnover at midfield. Scalzo pushed the ball down the field, found Serville who dished a great assist to Tiessenbaum.
The game took a bizarre turn during the last five minutes of the quarter. The Friars took the ball behind the goal and ran end-to-end, one-on-one, at ‘X’ for the remainder of the quarter. The Dolphins stayed with man-to-man coverage for the entire possession and fended off a final shot from the visitors.
Providence continued the tactic into the second quarter before a forced turnover from the Dolphins put the ball back in the offensive end.
Midway through the second quarter, the Dolphins killed off two 30-second penalties as their man-down defense would bend but wouldn’t break, giving up several shots on the possessions.
The second quarter saw very little action as the Friars continued to hold long possessions and the Dolphins continued to stay man-to-man without double-teams. The second frame produced just one goal while Providence out-shot the Dolphins, 6-5, after being outshot, 13-2, in the first quarter.
JU won the opening faceoff of the second half and wasted little time returning to their scoring ways as Donovan Lange rolled around the crease and finished on a bounce shot around goalie Cicero just 45 seconds into the half.
After a Friar goal, the Dolphins responded with a Kenary goal at 6:54. Serville took possession behind the goal after a series of passes and found Kenary unmanned at the side of the crease for the quick finish.
On the first man-up possession of the game for the home side, the Dolphins took advantage of the numbers for the eighth goal of the game with a sharp pass from behind the goal from Max Gurowski to Kenary, brining the score to 8-2.
The Dolphins would again answer a goal from the Friars at 12:01 when Mann won the ball after a long battle for possession off the faceoff. The freshman drove towards the goal and played a behind-the-back pass that deflected off a Friar defender for the final Dolphin score of the game.
As the final whistle sounded, Kerwick was greeted by a hypothermic shower from the water cooler by several Dolphins. The team rallied around their coach, performed an “American Idol”-like rendition of “For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow” and hoisted him on their shoulders.
After two games in four days the Dolphins will take an eight day break before facing Sacred Heart at D.B. Milne Field at noon on Saturday, March 13.
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