Feb. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 13, 2010 The JU men's lacrosse team could never put Bellarmine away for good as the visitors scored the game winning goal late in the fourth quarter for the 14-13 victory in front of 862 fans at D.B. Milne Field on Saturday.

The Dolphins (0-2) could taste victory at the start of the second half as their eighth straight goal put them up 10-4 before the Knights (2-0) responded with five straight goals of their own.

Freshman Ryan Serville turned in a dominating performance at attack for the Dolphins, burying five goals and two assists on 12 shots while freshman midfielder Cameron Mann added two goals and an assist of his own.

The Knights were led by an impressive performance from Shane Anderson whose three goals and two assists, the last setting up the game winning goal, paced his side.

"This one was definitely disappointing for us," said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. "We were looking great going into the second half but I told the team to never let up because every team in Division I will fight you until the final whistle. You have to tip your cap to Bellarmine for their performance today, they never gave up."

The Dolphins started off the game with an opening goal from freshman Nick Scalzo. Scalzo fired a shot past goalie Dillon Ward for his only goal of the game as Serville fed him from the right side.

Bellarmine would outscore the Dolphins 4-3 in the first quarter, however, with the other two goals for the hosts coming from freshmen TJ Kenary and Donovan Lange. Lange took a set-up pass from freshman captain Jeremy Tissenbaum just inside the restraining line and blasted a shot passed Ward.

JU raced into the second quarter by scoring two goals in the opening five minutes, setting up a 6-0 quarter.

Serville found the cage three times in the second quarter including the finish on a textbook fast break with quick-stick passes in front of the goal from Kenary and Mann.

The third quarter started out much like the second quarter had ended when freshman Mike Wallenhorst pushed his faceoff forward and sped downfield to setup Serville for another goal with just seven seconds gone in the second half.

Bellarmine would rally after the goal, scoring the next five goals with Sean Doyle and Anderson burying two apiece.

Serville would stop the bleeding with 3:30 remaining in the quarter when his original shot clanked off the pipe but came straight back him and the would follow with a classy finish to send the game into the fourth quarter with the score at 11-9.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, it was the fourth quarter that would cost them dearly.

The Knights would tie the game at 12-12 when Jarrett Davis called his own number and beat senior goalie Brad Hester, who made 12 saves on the day, before Doyle tallied again to make it three straight goals for Bellarmine.

The Dolphins would score a man-up goal two minutes later when Scalzo fed Mann to level the score with 3:48 left in the game. Bellarmine scored the game winning goal with 2:24 remaining when Jarrett Davis beat Hester on a tough shot after the Knights held a long possession.

The Dolphins pushed at the end of the game and had two great chances come agonizingly close to sending it to overtime.

Lange launched a shot from 10 yards out but his attempt came crashing off the post, shaking the entire goal frame with 1:38 left. Then, with 21 seconds left in the game, Lange took another shot that deflected of second half goalie Scott Bowles and started rolling towards the goal before defender Patrick Ellis trapped the ball and cleared it just off the line.

Faceoff's proved to be a costly area today for the Dolphins as they could only win 12 of the 31 while managing to outshoot the Knights, 49-38.

The Knights were able to score twice on their four man-up opportunities as the Dolphins went 3-7, now putting them at 5-14 on the year.

The Dolphins will search for their first win next Sunday when they face Denver at the Ashley Sports Complex at noon.