JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University (0-2) goalie Ben Gleichenhaus totaled 14 saves but the Dolphins fell in a 17-1 setback to Marquette University (1-0) Saturday at D.B. Milne Field.
Defense and goalies started strong for each side as Marquette closed the period with a 2-0 lead. Jacksonville's goalkeeper Ben Gleichenhaus and Marquette's Cole Blazer each had a pair of saves and each squad had four turnovers. The Golden Eagles outshot the Dolphins, 7-3. Goals were scored by Joseph Dunn and Tanner Thompson.
The Golden Eagles, a goal away from last season's Final Four, scored five times in the period. Each goal was made by a different Golden Eagle, with four unassisted. Zachary Melillo, John Wagner, Jack Zerrillo, Peter Henkhaus, Andy Demichiei.
A Ryan McNamara hat trick highlighted four Marquette goals in the period.
The Dolphins scored their first goal of the day at the 12:26 mark on a beautiful unassisted falling shot by Will Hendrick. However, the Golden Eagles added to the lead with six goals.
"I was extremely disappointed in the effort. I believe Marquette is very talented and a playoff team. After watching the first quarter, I believed we could defend them and get good looks. I was disappointed in our fight after we went down but that is something that we are going to learn from. There are 11 games left in the season and we are going to come back on Monday with a purpose and plan." – JU Head Coach John Galloway
Marquette outshot JU, 40-19, and picked up 35 ground balls to JU's 16. The Dolphins went 15-16 in clear attempts.
Jacksonville begins a rigorous road schedule with two games on the docket next week, at Detroit Mercy on Feb. 23, and at Ohio State on Feb. 25. Both games are slated for a noon start.