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The Jacksonville defense made their biggest stop of the day with 40 seconds left in regulation. Colin Hinton scooped up the ground ball and got it into the offensive zone, where the Dolphins ran into some trouble but were bailed out by a timeout from John Galloway with 21 seconds left.
It was that final play that sealed the deal for the Dolphins as they defeated Richmond 13-11 on Saturday afternoon in what was their second massive SoCon battle in a row. It marked the first win in program history over the Spiders and earned them a 10th win on the season, which had also never been done in the 11-year history of Jacksonville lacrosse.
On what was a truly historic day at Rock Stadium, the Dolphins showcased their depth once again as multiple players stepped up and made big time plays on both ends. That is especially true multiple players out, including Jeremy Winston who had four goals goals last week against High Point.
Tyler Corpora put together his best performance of the season with five points off four goals and one assists while Jacob Greiner (1G/2A) and Ethan LaMond (2G/1A) each had three points. Additionally, Max Waldbaum had two goals and Jackson Interi (1G/1A) and Jack Dolan (1G/1A) each had two points. Brendan McKenna had the same stat line in his first start of the season.
Short-stick defensive midfielders Tucker Garrity (1G) and Marshall McGuire (1A) also got in on the action on the offensive end to help highlight what was a solid day for the Dolphins’ rope unit. Garrity also had four ground balls and three caused turnovers. LSM Jordan Young had two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The two-headed monster of Colin Hinton and Jack Heed combined for six ground balls and six caused turnovers while Luke Millican anchored that unit with 10 saves. Jason Yoquinto made one save as the Dolphins held Richmond to 0-4 on the man-up.
Having that many contributors making plays on the both ends of the field is a huge part as to how the Dolphins not only were able to win this game, but how they were able to dominate for the first 43 minutes of play like they did. And that is despite the fact that Richmond won the battle at the faceoff dot with Jared Chenoy going 17-for-26 (65%).
A man-up goal from Jack Dolan put the Dolphins up 3-2 late in the first quarter and they never trailed or let a tie occur the rest of the game. A pair of Ryan Lanchbury goals within a minute of each other pulled Richmond within one with 8:48 left in the second, but that’s as close as they would ever get.
Following those two Lanchbury goals, Jacksonville put together their biggest run of the game as they scored five consecutive goals from the 5:09 mark in the second through the 10:31 mark in the third. And when the clock struck zero in that third frame, the Dolphins had accounted for eight of the last 11 goals. An Ethan LaMond score off a Marshall McGuire feed gave Jacksonville their largest lead of the game, 12-5, with 3:13 left in the third.
Dalton Young fed Lance Madonna for a Richmond score with 2:09 left in the third. Young would then get one of his own on a buzzer-beater to end that third frame and give the Spiders a much-needed burst of energy.
In the fourth, Richmond built upon that energy as they outscored the Dolphins 4-0 and crept as close as they could on the opposition’s lead. Part of that effort can be attributed to the Spiders’ ability to capitalize on the Dolphins’ misfortunes. Richmond scored their first two goals of the final quarter on possessions that came off a Jacksonville shot clock violation and a faceoff violation. Their final two goals came off turnovers from the Dolphins.
Jacksonville committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter alone, three of which were caused. They also just got six shots off as the Richmond defense was able to tighten up and find success, and especially so in the cases of Ray Baran and Griffin Kology. The pair combined for four caused turnovers and five ground balls. Both of Kology’s CTs came during the fourth quarter, taking it away from Max Waldbaum and Jack Dolan.
Ryan Lanchbury led Richmond with six points off four goals and two assists while Lance Madonna (2G/1A) and Luke Frankeny (3G) each ended with three points. Zach Vigue made 14 saves on the day, nine of which came in the first half.
Jacksonville moves to 2-0 in conference play and likely locks up that top seed in the SoCon Tournament. Richmond moves to 1-1 in SoCom play with a big matchup against High Point approaching in two weeks.
Brown Storms Back to Earn Upset Victory Over Penn
The Brown Bears went into Philadelphia and pulled off their biggest win of the season, knocking off the No. 8-ranked Penn Quakers 12-10.
Brown fell behind 5-0 in the first quarter, but in the second quarter the script flipped. The Bears settled in a rattled off three straight to cut the Quakers lead to 5-3. They then went on a separate five-goal run, which included back to back scores form Reed Moshyedi, to take the 7-6 lead late in the half. Penn answered with 58 seconds left in the second with a long pole goal from BJ Farrare to knot things up at 7 at the break.
In the second half, it was a pair of consecutive goals from Devon McLane that made all the difference. Putting Brown up 10-8 with 4:56 in the third, the Quakers were unable to tie things up or take back the lead from the point on. The Bears added two more goals during a defensive-heavy fourth quarter with Ryan Aughavin scoring early in the frame and Devon McLane putting an exclamation point on a transition sequence with a score off a Trevor Yeboah-Kodie feed with 2:38 left. McLane’s fourth and final goal of the day proved to be the dagger.
Penn got three shots off in those final minutes to possibly get some late-game energy to force a comeback, but two were saved by Connor Theriault and one went wide.
In addition to McLane’s four goals, Ryan Aughavin and Reed Moshyedi each had two goals and two points. Theriault ended with 15 saves.
Dylan Gergar had a hat trick for Penn. Patrick Burkinshaw made 17 saves.
Denver Skims Past Villanova in Marquee Big East Tilt
In a game that will likely determine who gets that No. 2 seed in the Big East, the Denver Pioneers came out on top 12-10.
The Pioneers scored the first goal of the game and only trailed once as they earned the bounce-back victory after a blowout loss in their conference opener at home against Georgetown a week ago.
Denver put together the first of just four multi-goal runs of the game early in the second with a pair of goals from Michael Lampert and Richie Connell to take the 6-4 lead. Villanova followed up with three of their own, including two from Matt Campbell, to pull ahead 7-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Matt Campbell found Brett Baskin on a beautiful cross-field field for the score to tie things at 8. However, the Pioneers bookended the period with two goal runs to take a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth. Villanova twice cut the lead to one in the fourth quarter, once on what was Matt Campbell’s fourth goal of the day and a second time on a JP Basile score. However, they were never able to tie it or take back the lead.
Alec Stathakis won the ensuing faceoff following that Basile score and took it to the rack himself to put in the dagger and ensure the Pioneers’ victory. It was one of just nine faceoff wins in 26 draws as Justin Coppola (17-for-26) dominated the dot for Villanova.
Jack Hannah led Denver with a hat trick while Jack Thompson made 15 saves.
Notre Dame Tops Duke
Behind a seven-point (4G/3A) outing from Pat Kavanagh, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Duke Blue Devils 16-15 on Saturday afternoon.
Four of Kavanagh’s points came in the first quarter as he scored the first two goals of the game before assisting on two more to help push Notre Dame ahead 7-3 at the end of the opening frame.
Jake Taylor, making his second start of the season, also got in on the action with two goals and two assists.
Nakeie Montgomery scored the first goal of the day for Duke and ended the day with a hat trick and two assists for five points. Brennan O’Neill had an identical state line when the final buzzer sounded.
Notre Dame’s 7-3 lead was one of two instances in which they led by four goals in the contest. Following Duke cutting the Irish lead to 8-7 with 5:44 in the second, Notre Dame responded with a 5-2 run in which the Irish found themselves up 12-8 at one point and 13-9 before Duke found their grove once more.
A trio of goals from Andrew McAdorey, Reed Landin, and Owen Caputo pulled Duke within one, 13-12. O’Neill’s final goal of the game with just seconds left was the last and made it a one-goal loss for Duke as the Blue Devils were never able to get over the hump and take the lead.
Will Lynch aided the Irish in helping them control the lead throughout, going 16-for-30 (53%) against Duke’s Jake Naso.
Strong Fourth Quarter Pushes Ohio State Past Johns Hopkins
Down 9-8 at home heading into the fourth and final period of play, the Ohio State Buckeyes turned on the jets and sprinted to victory over the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.
Three consecutive goals from Reid Jackson, Scott White, and Mitchell Connor gave the Buckeyes the 11-9 cushion. After a Garrett Degnon goal to stop the bleeding for the Blue Jays, Johnny Wiseman put in a typical textbook high to low bounce shot to seal the deal and give Ohio State the 12-10 win.
Jackson Reid (5G/1A) and Jack Myers (1G/4A) combined for 11 points to lead the Buckeyes.
Jacob Angelus (1G/3A) and Jack Keogh (2G/2A) each had four-point outings for the Johns Hopkins.
Virginia Pulls Away From North Carolina in ACC Rematch
In a rematch of what was an exciting Thursday night contest earlier this season, the Virginia Cavaliers defeated North Carolina 11-4. And they had to do so with Matt Moore out of the lineup.
The first quarter of play saw a combined eight saves as Virginia’s Matthew Nunes and North Carolina’s Collin Krieg stood on their heads all day. But after an opening frame in which they fell behind 2-1, the Virginia offense would begin to click.
Aided by a 10-for-18 (55%) mark from Petey LaSalla, who returned after leaving last week’s game with an injury, the Cavaliers picked up the pace in the second quarter and never looked back as they outscored the Tar Heels 10-2 in the final three periods of play.
That includes a fourth quarter performance in which the Cavaliers went 4-0 to close things out and secure the win.
Payton Cormier had five points (4G/1A) to lead the way for the Virginia offense whole Griffin Schutz had two goals. Jeff Conner had one goal and three assists.
Nunes ended the day with 13 saves and Krieg ended with 11 on the other end.
Chris Gray had three goals and one assist to lead Carolina.
Saint Joseph’s Holds off Bryant in Huge NEC Tilt
In a rematch of last season’s NEC title game, the Saint Joseph’s had to hold off a late-game effort from the Bryant Bulldogs to secure the 11-10 win and take sole control at the top of the conference.
Behind an 8-for-10 first half performance at the dot from Zach Cole, the Hawks were able to sprint ahead 6-3 and then build that into a 10-3 lead in the third quarter. However, the Bulldogs found their stride late in that period as Jacob Alexander went 10-for-13 at the dot in the second help to help aide a seven-goal Bryant run through the final buzzer.
Cole won the final faceoff and the Hawks were able to run the clock out for the win.
- Brett Dobson made 21 saves to lead St. Bonaventure past Monmouth 6-3.
- Yale’s offense went scorched earth once again, blowing out Dartmouth 23-6.
- A 4-1 fourth quarter helped Princeton get past Boston U., 12-17.
- Loyola made a statement on Saturday, beat Navy 18-7.
- Towson defeated UMass 12-9 to move to 2-0 in the CAA.
- UMBC exploded for a surprising 16-7 win over UAlbany.
- Cornell outscored Harvard 16-8 in the final three quarter for the 17-9 win,
- Army held off Colgate for the 13-11 victory.