JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Carrying a two-game winning streak into the weekend, the Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse team looks to continue its late-season surge and pick up yet another Atlantic Sun victory on Sunday when the Dolphins (3-7, 2-1 A-Sun) travel to Richmond (3-9, 1-2 A-Sun) to take on the Spiders at 12:30 p.m. from Robins Stadium. A live stream of the game can be accessed for $4.95 through the Richmond website for those unable to make the trip north.
Jacksonville locked down on Mercer last weekend, particularly in the fourth quarter, and outscored the Bears, 7-2, in the final 15 minutes to nab an important 14-12 victory on Senior Day at D.B. Milne Field. Tom Moore whipped in four of his five goals in the fourth quarter, while Dakota Rohlin had all four of his assists go to Moore while adding a pair of goals for a game-high six points. Jet Harding went 9-of-15 on face-offs on the afternoon, and the Fins converted 2-of-3 extra-man opportunities in the final quarter to stave off a Mercer challenge.
Despite being a first-year program, Richmond has proven to be a formidable opponent for many teams this season. In the opening game in program history, the Spiders carried a lead into halftime against Virginia before falling by one goal. Last week, Richmond led High Point, 7-4, through three quarters and could have ruined the Panthers’ hopes of hosting the A-Sun Tournament until HPU rallied with seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to win it.
The Spiders are a freshman-led squad, and attackers J.P. Forester and Mitchell Goldberg have combined for 45 of the team’s 107 goals on the season. A sophomore, Brad Burnam, tops the team with 20 assists. Defensively, Benny Pugh has received the majority of the action in goal, but it’s in front of him where Richmond shines. As a team, the Spiders are eighth in the nation in caused turnovers with 9.50 per game. Brendan Hynes is fourth in all of Division I individually in the category, accounting for 2.50 per game by himself.
The Dolphins will be playing to clinch a berth in next month’s Atlantic Sun Tournament this weekend, and a win can keep them on pace to tie for the regular season conference title. As it stands, Jacksonville cannot host the A-Sun Tournament, but can grab the No. 2 seed if it wins out. Depending on how the remaining conference games play out, either High Point or Mercer will be the host site of the four-team championship. Richmond will be looking to clinch a bid if it can win and have Furman drop its road game at Mercer on Saturday.
Jacksonville wraps up the regular season on April 26, traveling to Greenville, S.C. to meet Furman at 12 p.m.