JU men’s lacrosse drops barnburner to Robert Morris, 18-17
In a game dominated by runs, the JU men’s lacrosse team fell a goal short in Moon Township, Pa. to Robert Morris, 18-17.

The Dolphins (4-5) drew within one goal with 2:25 remaining in the game thanks to a four-goal run but the final score never came.

JU was led with impressive performances from Nick Scalzo (5,1) and Ryan Serville (3,4) as ten Dolphins recorded at least a point. Senior goalie Brad Hester made ten saves on the day.

The Colonials received strong performances from Patrick Smith (4,1) and five players with two goals each. Charles Ruppert and Dillon Pope both played a half and each made six saves.

“I’m very proud of this team,” said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. “They never quit and battled right to the end and that’s what we ask every game. Unfortunately, we needed a few key stops in key situations and didn’t get them. Give Robert Morris credit, though, they’re the top scoring team in the nation for a reason.”

It was another slow start on the road for the Dolphins as they found themselves in a 6-2 hole at the end of the first quarter. John Linnan and Serville each tallied for JU in the first quarter with Jeremy Tissenbaum assisting Serville.

JU would shrug off the slow start, however, scoring five straight to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:37 remaining in the half. Tissenbaum and Serville each added a pair of goals to their tallies and Scalzo scored his first of the game but the Colonials would score the last three of the half.

The third quarter would see a brief respite on the offensive end but the Dolphins would still score three times. Scalzo opened up the second half with an assisted goal from Donovan Lange before TJ Kenary and Linnan each added to the total.

Three of the first four goals in the fourth quarter went the way of the visitors to bring the game within one but a four-goal run for Robert Morris would put the game out of reach. The Dolphins answered the push valiantly, with four goals coming from Chip Young, Scalzo, Cameron Mann and Kenary, but the comeback would fall just short.

The offensive affair would end with 90 total shots (45-45). The Dolphins struggled at the faceoff “X”, going 13-37, aiding the 49-39 advantage on ground balls for Robert Morris.

The Dolphins will face Duke in their next outing in Durham, N.C. at 3 p.m.