J'ville Ends Home Slate in Style, Drubs Rutgers
from press release
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The JU men’s
lacrosse team sent seniors Brad Hester and Joe Ciccirelli out in
style in their final home game of the season with a dominant
performance over Rutgers, 17-10.
The Dolphins (5-6) battled with the Scarlet Knights (6-4) throughout the first half but a five-goal run from JU in the third and fourth quarter sealed the deal in front of 849 fans at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Hester didn’t disappoint in his final home start between the pipes, making 13 saves while allowing just nine goals. Freshman attackman TJ Kenary did all of his damage in the first half, scoring five goals and assisting two while freshman Ryan Serville (3,1) and Cameron Mann (2,2) also turned in strong performances. The Dolphins also found production from their bench as freshmen Owen Green and Dan McNulty each scored twice with Green adding an assist.
The Knights were led with a hat trick from Justin Pennington and goalie Billy Olin picked up the loss with 30 minutes of play, giving up eight goals.
“Every game we come out and we want to improve from the last week and we definitely did that today,” said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. “This was our best team effort to date and I’m really proud of our guys.”
The Dolphins jumped on the board early on an unassisted goal from Serville as JU traded goals with Rutgers in the first quarter. A goal from freshman Nick Scalzo would start a 4-1 run midway through the first quarter before the Scarlet Knights scored with just ten second remaining, narrowing the score to 5-3.
The second quarter was split by the two sides, 3-3, as all of the Dolphins’ scoring came from Kenary with assists going to Mann and sophomore Jeremy Tissenbaum (0,2). For the second quarter in a row, Rutgers scored with 10 seconds or less to close out half.
The third quarter saw the Dolphins pull away as the green and gold opened the second half with two unassisted goals in the first two minutes from freshman Donovan Lange (1,0) and Serville. JU would go on to score two more in the half on scores from freshman Nick Scalzo (2,0) and Mann.
Mann’s goal towards the end of the third quarter started a five-goal run for the Dolphins as the lead stretched to 16-8. The run was carried out with two goals from both Mann and McNulty and closed out by Serville. Green added one more goal in the final frame to send JU’s seniors off with a win.
For just the second time this season, the Dolphins committed more penalties than their opponents (4-2). JU did take advantage of the man-up situations, however, scoring on the first chance of the game.
The Dolphins forced 19 Rutgers turnovers, seven from rides, as each team took 34 shots in the contest.
A neutral-site game awaits the Dolphins next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Presbyterian in Atlanta as the Dolphins still search for their first road win.
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