Jacksonville Rally Falls Short Against Holy Cross

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -A fourth quarter rally that saw JU score four consecutive goals fell short Sunday as the Dolphins lost to Holy Cross 13-11 at D.B. Milne Field. The loss negated hat tricks from both junior T.J. Kenary and sophomore Conor Igoe.

The Dolphins had fallen behind 12-7 when the Crusaders' (2-2) John Hannan scored back to back goals within seconds of each other with 13:07 to play in the game.

JU (2-3) as freshman Ari Waffle, Owen Green, Igoe and Rob Wertz all scored within a 2:05 span to pull to 12-11 but Holy Cross' Andrew Morici ended their hopes when he put in the icer with 1:50 to play after his team played keep away for nearly three minutes.

"We were just to uneven mentally in our game, intensity wise and effort wise,'' JU coach Guy Van Arsdale said. "We had moments when those things were there and moments when you'd never think we had them at all. Part of the problem is that, to some degree, how we've practiced.''

Van Arsdale was particularly upset by his team's lace of ground ball collection.

"The issue wasn't so much that we weren't there, we were in position to pick the ground ball up but we didn't, for whatever reason, pick it up. Maybe we took our eye off the ball or were worried about someone else coming but we have to get through that ground ball and not worry who else is around there especially if we're the first guy to it.''

JU's Cam Mann and Max Gurowski also added goals and defenseman Jake Ziegler caused the Crusaders to turn the ball over four times. Goal keeper Pete DeLuca recorded 19 saves.

The Dolphins will play Mercer Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on the JU campus.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Junior John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) netted four goals including the game-winner as Holy Cross defeated Jacksonville, 13-11, on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at D. B. Milne Field in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-2 overall, while the Dolphins fall to 2-3 overall. The Crusaders' 2-2 record is their best after the first four games of the season since they were 3-1 in 2008.

Hannan now leads the team with 11 goals. Junior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) posted three points with one goal and two assists as he leads the team with six assists and 16 points this season. Senior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored two goals. Senior captain A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) had a strong game as he led all players with 10 ground balls and won 13 of 26 face-offs, while he also scored one goal.

The Dolphins were led by Conor Igoe who tallied three goals and one assist for four points. Cameron Mann was also strong with one goal and four assists for five points. T.J. Kenary netted three goals.

The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter when Morici and sophomore John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) each found the back of the net. Daugherty's goal was off an assist by senior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.). With HC now leading 2-1 in the second quarter, Guarente netted a goal and then sophomore Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.) found the back of the net off a pass from junior Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) for his first collegiate goal to increase the lead to 4-1.

The Dolphins answered with two straight goals to make it a 4-3 contest. After Kennedy scored off an assist by senior Matt Boylan (Kings Park, N.Y.), sophomore Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) tallied a goal off a pass from Kadlick. But Jacksonville responded by scoring two straight to cut the lead to 6-5. But with just five seconds remaining, Hannan posted his first goal of the game as the Crusaders took a 7-5 advantage to the half.

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