Dolphins stay undefeated in the MAAC with 3-0 record
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville men’s lacrosse team has become a forced to be reckoned with this season. Junior Conor Igoe (Columbus, Ohio) scored two minutes into overtime to send the Dolphins to a 9-8 victory over Detroit and improve JU to a perfect 3-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season.
JU (5-3; 3-0) had how won four of the last five following Saturday afternoon’s hard fought win at D.B. Milne Field.
Igoe was one of three Dolphins who scored a pair of goals on Saturday, but none were more important than his walkoff goal that sent the JU faithful into a frenzy.
“We had an exchange with our mids and then just tried to work the ball around, fortunately I came open on the backside and Cam found me for the open shot,” said Igoe of the game winning possession.
“It is great to be 3-0 in the league right now, but our focus is on winning the next game and securing a spot in the MAAC Tournament.”
Freshman Dakota Rohlin (Temecula, Calif.) and senior TJ Kenary (Alpharetta, Ga.) also added a pair of goals for JU which is off to it’s best start in the program’s four year history.
“We didn’t play our best today, but the most encouraging thing is that our guys just kept grinding it out and found a way to win,” said JU Head Coach Guy Van Arsdale. “Its a great sign for a team to play through what this team has gone through and come out at the end of the week and find a way to get it done.”
Picking up where they left off in last week’s 10-7 win at Manhattan, the Dolphins grabbed an early 2-0 lead the first six minutes of the game. Detroit (1-7; 1-2) wouldn’t go away easy however as the Titans scored four of the next five goals to take a 4-3 lead into the locker room.
After not trailing at all last week, JU quickly climbed out of the one goal deficit in the second half. Senior Cam Mann (Hamilton, Ont.) started things off by tying the game two minute into the third quarter before sophomore Ari Waffle (Manlius, N.Y.) gave the Dolphins the lead less than a minute later off an assist from senior James Trentini (Fort Washington, Pa.). Rohlin added another goal in the quarter for JU which took a 6-4 lead into the fourth quarter.
After both defenses really controlled the first three quarters, the offenses dominated the fourth scoring six goals in the five eight minutes of the period.
JU had a number of possessions early in the quarter that could have helped but the game away, but the Dolphins were unable to capitalize and Detroit took advantage. The Titans scored two quick goals midway through the fourth quarter, but JU wasn’t rattled as Igoe responded with his first goal of the day.
Both teams continued to trade goals over the next five minutes before JU goalie Pete DeLuca (Millersville, Pa.) made a key save on a would be game winner for the Titans as the regulation clock expired. Once in overtime the Dolphins never lost confidence as they took home their second straight OT victory on Milne Field.
Jacksonville returns to action at VMI next Saturday. Game time is set for 12:00 pm.
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