RICHMOND, Va. – The wait to clinch a berth in the Atlantic Sun Championship will have to wait at least one more week. Though the Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse team climbed out of a four-goal deficit in the second half for the second week in a row, the Dolphins (3-8, 2-2 A-Sun) were unable to get the victory this time, falling on the road to the Richmond Spiders (4-9, 2-2 A-Sun), 13-12.
Rob and Tom Moore each had hat tricks for Jacksonville on the day, with Tom supplying an assist for a team-high four points. Quint Miller (two goals, on assist) and Duncan Clancy (one goal, two assists) each added three points in the game as well. Pete DeLuca suffered the loss despite making 15 saves. The Dolphins were flagged for nine penalties in the game, a season high, and gave up three extra-man goals to the Spiders.
Tom Moore gave the lead to Jacksonville midway through the first quarter, breaking through with 7:03 to play in the quarter to end an offensive drought from both teams in the early going. David Goldman had the helper on the goal for his first assist of the season. Though Tom Moore would score again before the quarter was over off of a Mike McCredie feed, Richmond put four goals on the board to take the advantage after the first 15 minutes.
Jacksonville responded early on in the second quarter, as an unassisted effort from Rob Moore and an Ari Waffle goal tied the game at 4-4 less than five minutes into the period. But after knotting the game up, the Dolphins were held scoreless for nearly 10 minutes, in which time Richmond put up four unanswered to take an 8-4 lead. Quint Miller notched a goal with less than 30 seconds left in the half to bring JU a little closer at the break.
The Dolphins roared back in the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10 entering the fourth. After going back down by four goals, Rob Moore scored his second of the game and Chase Miller followed with Tom Moore on the pass to make it 9-7. Richmond went back on top by three as Alex Hatem tallied his second of the day with 6:40 remaining, but from there it was all Jacksonville for the rest of the quarter. Unassisted goals from Quint Miller, Clancy and a man-down goal from Rob Moore brought the Dolphins level.
Richmond was able to recover to retake the lead with just over a minute gone in the fourth quarter, but yet again Jacksonville had an answer. Tom Moore completed his hat trick with 10:18 remaining to tie the game again, and Chase Miller scored his second of the day to put JU on top for the first time since 1-0 with 9:37 to play. That proved to be as good as it would get for the Dolphins however. Jean-Luc Chetner scored with 6:27 to go, making it 12-12. A Rob Moore shot with less than two minutes to play was saved by Richmond goalkeeper Benny Pugh and he was whistled for a slashing penalty moments later, giving the Spiders a man-up advantage entering the final minute of regulation. Hatem completed his hat trick with 31 seconds to go, and Richmond won the ensuing face-off to lock up the win.
With this result, Mercer clinches the right to host the A-Sun Championship t the first weekend of May. To gain entry into the tournament, JU will have to defeat Furman when the two squads meet next weekend in Greenville, S.C. Face-off for the game is set for 12 p.m. on April 26.