The Jacksonville Dolphins came into Louisville, Ky on Saturday and pulled out a road win against the Bellarmine Knights to get SoCon play started off on a high note. It was a full team effort that helped the Dolphins pull away late in the game to secure the win over the Knights.
Jacksonville was led on offense by Evan Tyler, Eric Applegate, and Alec Drosos in the win. Tyler had 5 points (3G,2A), while Applegate and Drosos tallied 3 points (2G,1A) each. Hunter Turner went 5-14 at the faceoff dot and Hunter Sells made 11 saves in cage for the Dolphins.
The Knights were led by Riley Seay with 3 goals and Landon Trout who tallied 3 points (2G,1A). Morgan Macko also had 2 points (1G,1A) for the Knights. Turner Lockyear had his way at the faceoff dot, going 13-16 on the day. Jordan Dondoyano made 11 saves in cage for the Knights.
Jacksonville held the energy for the majority of the first quarter as Bellarmine had a few silly turnovers and failed clears that gave the Dolphins a lot of extra possessions. Riley Seay go the scoring started with a man-up goal for the Knights midway through the first. Jacksonville answered with a 3-goal run to make it a 3-1 lead late in the first. Bellarmine was able to gain some momentum late in the period with an Ian Miller goal in the final seconds of the quarter.
With the Dolphins going up two men early in the second, Jimmy Hoffman was able to get a goal off a sweep up top to stretch the Jacksonville lead to 4-2 with 10:01 in the second. After a lot of back-and-forth play Bellarmine was able to finish the half off with a 2-goal run to make it a 4-4 tie heading into the half.
Because of a penalty to end the first half, Jacksonville started the third quarter man-up. The Dolphins capitalized off the situation, with Evan Tyler getting a goal early to make it a 5-4 Dolphins lead. Again, a man-up goal from Bo BowHunter stretched the Dolphins lead yet again midway through the third. An outside rip from Blake Roshkowski pulled the Knights within one, making it a 6-5 Dolphins lead late in the third.
Early in the fourth Landon Trout was able to tie things up for the Knights making it a 6-6 game. Jacksonville answered with a 3-goal run that seemed to seal the deal, giving them a 9-6 lead with 4:19 in the fourth. The Knights weren’t done yet as they were able to pull within two late in fourth. Jacksonville really sealed the deal with a late 2-goal run from Alec Drosos and Jack Dolan. Bellarmine got a goal in the last minute from Morgan Macko, but the Dolphins held on and secured the 11-8 win.
After this game Bellarmine drops to 0-7 overall and 0-1 in the SoCon. Jacksonville moves to 2-6 overall and 1-0 in the SoCon.
Both teams will be in action at home next Saturday as Bellarmine host Richmond and Jacksonville host High Point.