Dolphins Set Sights on Top of SoCon Standings

Chase McIntyre fends off an Air Force defender

Jacksonville (5-5, 3-1 SoCon) at Richmond (6-5, 3-1 SoCon)
DATE: Saturday, April 14
TIME: Noon
SITE: Robins Stadium | Richmond, Va.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The battle for the top of the Southern Conference standings takes place this Saturday, April 14 as Jacksonville University men's lacrosse hits the road to take on Richmond at Robins Stadium at noon.

Setting the Scene

  • The Dolphins enter Saturday's contest with a 5-5 overall record, and 3-1 mark in the SoCon.
  • Jacksonville defeated Mercer (March 17) and Bellarmine (March 24) to open up league play, before falling on the road at High Point (March 31), then bounced back with a win over Air Force (April 7).
  • Moving On Up: Junior Eric Applegate ranks third all-time in JU program history with 89 points. … Only Cameron Mann (139) and TJ Kenary (109) have scored more points in their respective careers. … Applegate also ranks second all-time with 45 career assists.
  • Riding a 27-game streak with at least one ground ball, senior Hunter Forbes has won at least 50% or more of his face offs this season. … The Woodstock, Ga. native leads the SoCon and ranks among the top five in the nation in ground balls per game (10.10 – 4th) and face-off winning percentage (.690 – 5th).
  • As a team, the Dolphins rank among the nation's top 10 in face off winning percentage (.687 – 4th), ground balls per game (34.00 – 5th), and man-down defense (.788 – 7th). … Jacksonville also leads the SoCon in assists per game (6.30), points per game (17.60), and scoring offense (11.30).

Going Streaking

  • Among the nation's best in face offs, senior Hunter Forbes has won 50% or more of his opportunities at the X this season for a 10-game streak.
  • He is also riding a 27-game streak with at least one ground ball, dating back to the 2016 season.
  • Third on the team with 17 points so far, sophomore Dwayne Mattushik has posted a point in each of the last 14 games.

Scouting Richmond

  • Sitting atop the Southern Conference standings, the Spiders are 6-5 on the season and 3-1 in the SoCon with wins over VMI (March 10), High Point (March 24), and most recently Bellarmine (April 7). … Richmond's lone loss on the year came on a 10-9 loss at Furman on March 17.
  • Richmond also defeated Bucknell (Feb. 17), Mount St. Mary's (Feb. 20), and upset No. 14 North Carolina (March 14).
  • Teddy Hatfield leads the Spiders with 33 points behind 23 goals and 10 assists. … Mitch Goldberg (14g, 6a) and Ryan Lanchbury (13g, 7a) both have 20 points on the year.
  • Hatfield and Austin Brown both have four man-up goals.
  • Austin Cates leads the team with 40 ground balls.
  • Garrett Smith has taken the majority of face offs for Richmond and has a winning percentage of .455 (86-189).
  • Goalie Blake Goodman has started all 11 games in the cage for the Spiders.
  • Goodman's 102 saves are third-most in the SoCon.

Series History vs. the Spiders

  • Richmond holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with the Dolphins, including a 2-0 mark at Robins Stadium.
  • Last season, the Spiders left Duval with a 13-6 win, though the deciding factor was Richmond's 6-0 second quarter.
  • Of this year's returners, Eric Applegate posted a goal and an assist, while Ryan Beville, McLean Chicquen, Dwayne Mattushik, and Brett Reilly added a goal each.
  • Hunter Forbes finished 13-of-21 on face offs with eight ground balls, while goalie Ben Gleichenhaus totaled nine saves in the loss.

In the Polls

  • For the first time in school history, Jacksonville was mentioned in the national polls.
  • Following their fifth game of the season, an 11-10 overtime loss to then-No. 16 Vermont, the Dolphins were receiving votes in the Nike/USILA Coaches' Poll (March 5).
  • The Dolphins look to crack the top 20 as they move into SoCon action.

SoCon So Good

Up Next
The Dolphins close out their road slate next Saturday, April 21 at Furman. Opening face off is set for noon.