Sunday Recap: Big Second Half Performances Lift Navy and Delaware to Victory

(Photo Courtesy of Navy Athletics)

The second season under Joe Amplo has gotten off to a solid start for the Navy Midshipmen, as thet took down Jacksonville 13-6 on Sunday afternoon to move to 2-0 on the season.

After seeing Jacksonvilel end the first quarter with a three-goal run from Luke Robinson, Matt Stagnitta, and Brendan McKenna to put them up 4-1 heading into the second and a Jack Dolan goal putting them up 5-2 midway through the second quarter, the Midshipmen kicked it into a different gear.

From the 2:34 mark in the second through the 6:02 mark in the third, Navy not only got hot on the offensive end but clamped down on defense. The Midshipmen rattled off nine straight goals, including two from James Flannery to get ahead 11-5 heading into the final quarter of play. Troy Hettinger ended the dry spell for Jacksonville with their only second-half goal early in the fourth.

Jon Jarosz and Bryson Rhee scored the final two for the Midshipmen to secure the 13-6 victory.

Jon Jarosz led Navy with a hat trick while Jeff Durden and Jackson Bonitz led the way on the defensive end with three ground balls and two caused turnovers each. Spencer Rees made eight saves in the game. Jacob Jarosz went 17-for-23 at the faceoff dot.

Matt Stagnitta led Jacksonville with three points (1G/2A).

Delaware 14, Bellarmine 11

The Delaware attack showed up again. Tye Kurtz led the Blue Hens’ offense with four goals while Mike Robinson netted a hat trick, which gives him a total of 12 goals in the past two games, and Charlie Kitchen had one goal and dished our five assist.

In addition to the stellar Delaware attack, Jake Harvada dominated the faceoff dot, going 12-for-15 at the dot.

Kyle Playsted paced Bellarmine with a hat trick and the dynamic duo of Jon Robbins and Eric Rubak had another solid day leading on defense. Robbins recorded five ground balls, three caused turnovers, and added a goal while Rubak had six ground balls and one caused turnover.

Bellarmine started hot and a three-goal run to end the half helped them go into the locker room with a 7-5 lead and all the momentum. However, the Blue Hens flipped the script in the second half. A three-goal run early in the third and a five-goal run from the 2:24 mark in the third through the 10-minute mark in the fourth proved to be the difference. The run saw two Jake Harvada goals right off the faceoff.

Mike Robinson put in the final goal of the game for Delaware following a Landon Trout goal, which was Bellarmine’s only in the final stanza.

Mercer 10, Cleveland State 9

The Mercer Bears recorded their second win and first against a DI opponent on Sunday, taking down Cleveland State 10-9.

Both sides went back-and-forth trading goals and runs all game long. Mercer got up 5-4 at the end of the first thanks to a Will McCarthy goal with :25 in the quarter. Patrick Marks put in a buzzer beater with just a second left on the clock to put the Bears up 7-6 heading into the half.

With things tied up 9-9 heading into the fourth quarter, both defenses clamped down pretty hard. However, Mercer was able to get one to go. Michael Quinn’s goal just over three minutes into the quarter proved to be the game-winner.

Will McCarthy led Mercer with four goals while Ashton Wood went 12-for-21 at the faceoff dot. Collin Kelley made 10 saves in cage for the Bears.

Kevin Sobey made 17 saves for the Vikings and Brendan Sigurdson led them on offense with three goals and one assist.

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