TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
Men’s lacrosse looks for first road win against Mercer on Wednesday
After playing in front of the largest crowd in program history, the JU men’s lacrosse team will look to make history again when it faces Mercer on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Bear Field.
The Dolphins will be looking to win the first true road contest in its history. JU was 0-4 as the visitor last year and 1-1 in official neutral-site games. But after playing the 15th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas to a hard-fought 15-12 decision in front of more than 8,000 fans at EverBank Field in the opener, the Dolphins will be looking to even its record against a Mercer squad that is off to a 0-3 start.
“Playing against Georgetown was a great experience but now it’s time to turn our attention to another quality opponent,” JU head coach Matt Kerwick said. “I liked the aggressiveness I saw from my team in the opener and now we’ll try and build off that effort.”
Senior Bobby Stockton was JU’s offensive catalyst in the opener. The middie recorded a career-high four goals, pacing an offensive attack that featured four Dolphins registering multi-goal games.
Stockton made his JU debut an impressive one. One of just three seniors on the Dolphins roster, Stockton ignited his new team’s offense with a game-high four goals against Georgetown. He needed just five shots-on-goal to score four times, finishing with an impressive .714 shot-on-goal percentage. He also collected four ground balls.
Stockton fired seven shots total, contributing to a barrage of attempts at the Georgetown cage. The Dolphins fired 52 shots total, though just 21 were on goal. Leading the barrage was middie Jeremy Tissenbaum, who logged a game-high 11 shots. The team shot total was the second-highest in the two-year history of the program. Only a 59-shot effort against Sacred Heart in 2010 featured more attempts for the Dolphins.
Owen Green, TJ Kenary and Cameron Mann each tallied two goals versus the Hoyas. Mann, a preseason all-MAAC selection, lived up the hype with game-high five points off two goals and three assists.
Green tied a career-high with two goals. After scoring just four goals total as a freshman in 2010, Green scored on both of his shots-on-goal and picked up two ground balls. Kenary complemented his fellow attacker, scoring the Dolphins lone man-up goal.
The offense will try and score in double-digits again and will face a Bears team that is struggling to stymie opposing attacks. Mercer has allowed an average of 18.33 goals per game in losses to Ohio State, VMI and Bellarmine.
Mercer is playing its inaugural season of lacrosse and will be gunning for the first win in program history. The Bears are in a similar position as the Dolphins in 2010: JU earned its first-ever victory in the season’s third game.
The Bears feature a young and skilled roster. Freshman Alex Baird leads Mercer’s attack with four goals. Fellow first-year forward Cole Branch is right behind at three goals.
The matchup could also feature a battle of freshmen goalies. JU’s Peter DeLuca posted eight saves against the Hoyas in his collegiate debut. Mercer goalkeeper Justin Bateman has started every game and carries a .405 save percentage into the contest.
- By Brian Bohl