Jacksonville Tops Mids in Men’s Lacrosse Opener
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville (1-0) used a 5-0 run in the second quarter to build what would be an insurmountable six-goal halftime lead, as the Dolphins defeated the Navy men’s lacrosse team (0-1), 12-7, Sunday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field in both teams’ season opener.
Jacksonville won 19 of the 22 faceoffs to control the pace and play of the game on its offensive end of the field, outshooting Navy, 46-18, on the day.
“Their ability to win and control the faceoff game set the tone early,” said seventh-year Navy men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell. “We hung with them early, but things got away from us in the second quarter. We just couldn’t create the momentum necessary to get back in the game.
“I was proud of the way we played in the second half, but when you get down that far and can’t win a faceoff, you have to play a near perfect game and we didn’t do that today. It’s a long season and you can be sure that we will get back to work tomorrow to prepare for a very talented Maryland team.”
The Mids held the Dolphins in check for the first 15 minutes of play and weathered a 3-1 start by Jacksonville. Navy and Jacksonville traded goals over the final nine minutes of the first stanza and featured a beauty by All-American midfielder Casey Rees (Sr / Baltimore, Md.) that sailed over the shoulder of Dolphins goalkeeper Hunter Sells with just 6.4 seconds remaining and got the Mids to within one (5-4).
Jacksonville, however would go on a tear, scoring five straight goals, including two each by sophomore attackman Dwayne Mattushik and junior middie Eric Applegate, to take a 10-4 lead into the half.
Led by sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Kern (Middletown, Del.), Navy’s defense played an inspired second half and held the Dolphins to just two second-half goals. During that timeframe, Kern registered 10 of his 15 saves, providing the defense with some much-needed confidence.
The offense meanwhile was held scorless for 23-plus minutes between the second and third quarters before senior Chris Hill (Novato, Calif.) punched in his second goal of the day off a Ryan Wade (Jr / Coronado, Calif.) assist. Four minutes later, Rees would send his 20-yard shot to the back of the net to get the Mids to within four with 2:41 left in the third quarter.
Jacksonville opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals just seven seconds apart to go back up by six with 12:17 left in the contest.
The Mids posted their final tally on the scoreboard with just under three minutes to play when Wade used a Greyson Torain (Jr / Glen Burnie, Md.) pick to net his lone goal of the afternoon.
Hill and Rees led the way for Navy with two goals apiece, while Wade and freshman Christian Daniel (Owings, Md.) paced the team with three points as both players scored a goal and added two assists.
Wade extended his point (11 straight games), goal (3) and assist (8) streaks, while Torain has produced a point in nine consecutive games and assists in each of the last three. He came into the game having scored a goal in each of the last six games of 2017, but was held without a goal in today’s contest.
Mattushik led the Dolphins with five goals, while Applegate contributed a hat trick and an assist. Veteran faceoff specialist Hunter Forbes took all 22 draws, coming up with 19 wins and 13 ground balls.
Navy returns to action on Saturday when it makes the short trip to College Park, Md. to battle defending National Champion and top-ranked Maryland. Action is slated to begin at 12:00 pm from Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium and will be streamed live on BTN Plus (subscription/fee based). Due to the Army-Navy women’s (11:30 am) and men’s (1:30 pm) basketball doubleheader on Saturday, the lacrosse game will not be carried live on the radio. However, Joe Miller will provide live cut-ins throughout the basketball game on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV.
### Go Navy ###