Jacksonville Tops Manhattan for First-Ever MAAC Berth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Quint Miller scored three goals and goal keeper Pete DeLuca had 10 saves as JU earned its first-ever playoff appearance by beating Manhattan, 12-5, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game here Saturday.

The Dolphins (6-7, 3-3) playing without seven key players, tied the school record for wins in a season for the three-year old program.

JU the team was playing without freshman ace Ari Waffle, the leading goal scorer with 23, who has missed the last two games with illness, and six other players suspended this week for violating team rules.

"I know this win is good and I'm really proud of our young men and the way they came together,'' Van Arsdale said as his eyes searched the grown grasping for words to match the situation. "The way they handled some self-inflicted adversity and came out focused all week and got job done. They really pulled together. I'm very, very proud of them.''

The Dolphins came out hot early and took a 3-0 first quarter lead when David Goldman, who had two goals, Rob Wertz and Dan Jones all scored.

Goldman and Miller, twice, scored in the second quarter, which was interrupted 51 minutes by a lightning delay, for a 6-3 halftime lead. Much of the early success was brought on by junior middie Dan McNulty who won eight to f 10 first half face-offs for the Dolphins.

A four-goal outburst in the third quarter virtually iced the game as Wertz, Jimmy Trentini, Jones and senior DJ Zymkowitz, playing his last home game, found the net.

The Dolphins held the Jaspers (5-8, 1-4) scoreless in the fourth as DeLuca and backup Alex DiScala combined for six saves and Miller and Max Gurowski ended the scoring. DiScala and Gurowski also were playing their final home game.

"DeLuca came up big and Danny McNulty on the face-offs was a key for us earl to get us going and the other guys pulled together,'' Van Arsdale said. "And, Tyler Black was a man possessed. I thought he was the best player on the field today. He was everywhere and just a dominant force which is hard to do as a long stick middie.'' Black had four ground balls and a caused turnover.

Now, the Dolphins will prepare for the tournament in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., most likely against league-leading Siena.

"Going to the MAAC championship and still being alive in that and still having a chance,'' Van Arsdale said, "who knows, you go and win that and you're playing in the NCAA tournament. There are not a lot of teams coming down in the next two weeks saying the still have an avenue to get there and we're one of them.''

He's convinced the team deserves it after the season it has had.

"They work hard and they've gone through a lot this year and a lot of change,'' he said. "And they are really starting to get it and I am really happy for them that they have some of that success.''

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Jacksonville, Fla. - In their first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game in the state of Florida, Manhattan fell 12-5 to the Jacksonville Dolphins on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Jaspers to 5-8, 1-4 in the MAAC and eliminated them from conference tournament contention.

Manhattan struggled to find the back of the net early on as they were shutout in the first quarter and trailed 6-3 at halftime. The Dolphins (5-8, 3-3 MAAC) controlled possession winning eight of ten first half face offs and forcing seven turnovers in the first two quarters.

Taylor Bethea finally put the Jaspers on the board with 9:57 to play in the second quarter cutting the deficit to 3-1. However, goals from David Goldman and Quint Miller pushed the Jacksonville lead up to four before Brendan Rogers scored two of the next three goals, including a tally with one second remaining in the half.

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