March 26, 2011

Dolphins Win on Fourth-Quarter Comeback

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville men’s lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals while the defense did not allow a goal in the last period to lift the Dolphins to a come-from-behind 10-8 victory over Detroit in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.

Owen Green scored the second of his two goals just 2:36 into the final quarter and Donovan Lange tallied the go-ahead marker with 6:01 remaining to lift JU to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in MAAC play. Shayne Adams scored twice but the Titans still fell to 2-8 and 1-1.

“I was pleased with the scrappy game,” JU head coach Matt Kerwick said. “I liked the way Detroit played; they earned it in the first half. We played through it and fought back and made it a great game in the second half.”

Sophomore midfielder Cameron Mann had a goal and two assists for a game-high three-point day. Mann capped his all-around strong contest with a crisp pass to an open Lange in front for his game-winning strike.

Detroit took the initial edge after a 3-3 start. The Titans scored three straight second-quarter goals, including Scott Harris’ man-up score and Adams’ even-strength marker off Tony Dennis’ feed to give Detroit a 6-3 edge with 8:10 remaining in the first half.

But attacker TJ Kenary and fellow sophomore Green logged back-to-back goals 4:33 apart to keep the Dolphins within 6-5 at halftime.

JU irrevocably altered the contest’s momentum in the third quarter’s waning seconds, scoring with two seconds remaining on a frantic run-and-shoot pace to beat the clock.

Following that strike, the Dolphins would score three more times and hold Detroit scoreless the rest of the way. The Titans managed just six shots (three on cage) in the last quarter, failing to zip the ball past freshman goalie Peter DeLuca, who made eight saves total to secure the win.

Playing its first game of the season at Milne Field, the Dolphins excited the home crowd by building a 45-29 edge in shots. JU also forced 21 Detroit turnovers, including 15 after the break to pull away.

“Our defense really stepped up in the second half,” Kerwick said. “The offense was also getting good looks all day. We just need to continue to work on our shooting.”

The Dolphins will next be in action on Saturday when it heads to the Empire State to face Manhattan in a conference matchup. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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