Jacksonville Sinks Navy With Big Second Quarter
by Dennis Bergin | LaxMagazine.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville men's lacrosse coach Guy Van Arsdale preached to his team that taking advantage of offensive possesions and limiting turnovers was the key to his teams success.
Sunday at EverBank Field the Dolphins followed the script to perfection.
Junior attackmen T.J. Kenary scored a game-high four goals and added an assist while Ari Waffle and Donovan Lange added two goals each to power Jacksonville to a 13-7 victory in the second annual Moe's Southwest Grill Classic before 6,100.
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"The type of style we play we can't afford to turn the ball over," said Kenary. "We like to control the tempo and we did a good job of that today."
Kenary and Lange each scored two goals while Waffle, Cameron Mann, Quint Miller and Rob Wertz each added a goal to power Jacksonville (1-1) to a 8-2 lead at halftime. The Dolphins, which outscored Navy 6-1 in the second period, held a 17-14 advantage on shots as well as 13-10 on ground balls 7-5 on face-offs.
"We made most of our opportunities today," Van Arsdale said. "The second quarter run was a big confidence boost for our team."
Navy (1-1) cut the Dolphin lead to 10-7 on a goal by Pat Durkin with 14:10 left in the game but Jacksonville scored three unanswered goals by Owen Green, Waffle and Kenary gain a 13-7 lead with 8:14 to go.
"We knew that Navy has the ability to score in bunches but answering that score was a huge lift for us," said Van Arsdale.
Navy outshot JU 42-24, but Dolphin goalie Peter DeLuca recorded 17 saves.
"Our defense played great today. We forced their players to take shots that made gave our goalie a chance to make some plays. He was outstanding today," Van Arsdale said.
Navy was led by Tucker Hall, who scored three goals.
"This was a great event and the city of Jacksonville was a great host," said Navy first-year head coach Rick Sowell. "We didn't leave with what we came here for today but give JU credit they played better than us today."
This was the first meeting between Navy and Jacksonville. Navy is in its 105th year of lacrosse while the Dolphins are in their third year as a Division I program.
"This was a great atmoshpere and a nice win for our program,"said Van Arsdale, who is in his first year as head coach for the Dolphins but in his 27th year as a collegiate coach. "Northeast Florida is a booming area for lacrosse and both games today were great for the fans."