MACON, Ga. – McLean Chicquen and Dwayne Mattuhsik combined to score nine goals and gave Jacksonville University (2-9, 2-3) a 13-7 victory against the Mercer Bears (4-7, 1-4) Saturday at Five Star Stadium. The second consecutive Jacksonville win marks its most conference wins in a season already since owning three in 2014.
Chicquen and Mattushik introduced their presence early with Chicquen scoring two unassisted goals at the 11:48 and 10:24 marks, and Mattushik filling in-between at 11:42 off a Hunter Forbes pass.
Mercer's Will McCarthy closed the period's scoring with his score at 4:34.
Bryan Gibson scored quickly for the Bears at the 13:21 mark before Jacksonville dominated the remainder of the frame. Chicquen finished an early hat trick 37 seconds later, and assisted Will Hendrick on a man-up goal at 12:19. Shawn Ewert found Mattushik for a goal with 9:42 remaining, and both teams held serve for a 6-2 Dolphin lead.
Almost four minutes into the quarter, Ewert scored thanks to a Mitchell Parker helper. The SoCon squads would then trade goals, with Chris Rahill and Kevin Yoggy scoring for Mercer, and Chicquen between at 4:47.
Owning a four-goal lead, Jacksonville added insurance with back-to-back Mattushik scores at 12:38 and 10:45 thanks to Eric Applegate and Chase McIntyre, respectively. Chicquen (4:41), Parker (1:51), and Alec Drosos (1:07) all scored unassisted goals as the Dolphins went on to win 13-7.
"Today was an opportunity for our team to re-write the script of our season, and we took full advantage. While we still struggled in the clearing game and in our special teams, our team fought for 60 minutes to win the 2nd quarter of our season. Hunter Forbes and Ben Gleichenhaus were dominant in the middle of the field. I am particularly proud of Mclean Chicquen and Dwayne Mattushik. Both bought in to our 'fundy's camp' and capitalized on their chances to score five and four goals, respectively. Mitch Parker made some electric plays on the defensive end to spark our run. While the win was important, our eyes have become squarely set on High Point and our 'third quarter'. I can't wait to get back to work with the boys on Monday in Duval to grow as a team." - Head Coach John Galloway
Jacksonville was successful in 15 of 19 clear attempts, and took 17 of 24 faceoffs, all won by Forbes. Jacksonville also won the ground ball battle, 28-18, and each team had 39 shots. Ben Gleichenhaus totaled 10 saves to earn his second win.
The efforts by Chicquen and Mattushik were career-bests. Forbes collected eight ground balls and Chase York scooped seven.
Jacksonville returns home for its final home game of the season against High Point on Saturday, Apr. 22 at noon.