Van Arsdale: Plenty to work on after UT scrimmage
JU in pregame drills before Saturday's scrimmage against Tampa.
JU in pregame drills before Saturday's scrimmage against Tampa.
For the second consecutive scrimmage, JU coach Guy Van Arsdale wasn’t concerned about the score. But, unlike the first effort against Notre Dame, Van Arsdale couldn’t hide his disappointment after Saturday’s work against Tampa.

In fact, there wasn’t much he was happy about.

“I was disappointed in our execution. I was disappointed in our intensity and I felt we took steps backward today,’’ Van Arsdale said. “I think we showed a lack of leadership, I think we showed a lack of determination, we didn’t show a lot of fight.’’

The Dolphins scored three quick goals in the first quarter and then, according to Van Arsdale, is when the wheels started falling off.

“The disappointing thing is we go up 3-0 in the first four minutes and our guys just wanted to cruise,’’ he said. “That’s a horrible, horrible trait to have as a team. That’s a red flag right away. I think we have every reason in the world to be concerned where we are headed right now.’’

Where they are headed is the season opener Saturday at home against Towson (1 p.m.).

“You can play poorly and still feel good about your effort and what you’re doing,’’ Van Arsdale said. “There was one phase of the game I felt even OK about, clearing the ball. We have a lot of work to do.’’

TJ Kenary, Cameron Mann and Donovan Lang all had two goals for the Dolphins while Max Gurowski, DJ Zymkowitz, Culver Bradbury, Dillon Zweifel and Pratt Rexford all had one.

Tampa didn’t score until the fourth quarter when the Spartans, a first-year Division II team, took advantage of numerous man-up situations and put four points on the board.