Jacksonville Falls to No. 19 Ohio State in Moe's Classic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Six different players scored for Jacksonville, but it wasn't quite enough, as Dolphins dropped a 9-6 decision to No. 19 Ohio State in game two of the 2013 Moe's Southwest Grill Classic held at EverBank Field.

"Its a long season, last year when we played here and beat Navy it might have been our best game of the season," said Head Coach Guy Van Arsdale. "I told our guys that we know this wasn't our best game. It's a long journey and we know that we can build on this in a different way and we can make this year much different then what we went through last year."

After Ohio State (2-0) struck first, JU (0-2) finally dented the scoreboard on a Rob Wertz (Lancaster, Pa.) goal midway through the first half. The Dolphins would then grab a 2-1 lead by taking advantage of a man-up opportunity a minute later when sophomore Ari Waffle (Manlius, N.Y.) found the back of the cage off an assist from senior Cameron Mann (Hamilton, Ontario).

Three straight goals by the Buckeyes to close out the quarter put JU down but not out. Trailing 4-2 after one quarter the Dolphins used back-to-back goals from Mann and senior TJ Kenary (Alpharetta, Ga.) to draw even with Ohio State once more.

All-American Logan Schuss quickly answered for the Buckeyes however as the Dolphins found them selves down 5-4 at the half.

JU stayed close in the second half, but a 3-1 advantage in the fourth quarter eventually sealed the win for Ohio State.

Junior Pete DeLuca (Millersville, Pa.) made nine saves in goal for JU.

"This is our first group of seniors that are four-year players, we've never had that before so everything to an extent everything is new," said Van Arsdale. "I'm proud of the effort and I think we are on the cusp of doing some things and people are starting to understand that we have a great University and a great opportunity for young kids to come play college lacrosse."

JU returns to action on March 2 at D.B. Milne Field against High Point.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field, No. 19-ranked Ohio State defeated host Jacksonville, 9-6, Sunday afternoon to improve to 2-0 on the year. The Buckeyes, who were ahead by one goal at halftime and after the third quarter, outscored the Dolphins, 3-1, in the fourth quarter for the victory.

“We have to continue to grow up on the offensive end of the field,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “We got a little out of sorts; it's going to take some time to develop chemistry. We have some young guys we're mixing in. I'm proud of the way the defense hung in there and hunkered down. We gave up some early goals and then really played well in the second half. That's something we can build off of for sure.”

Individually, seniors Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander and sophomore Jesse King each scored twice, while junior Adam Trombley and sophomore David Planning each had two points on a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves for the Buckeyes. The defense, led by starters freshman Robby Haus and juniors Joe Meurer and Dominic Imbordino, limited the Dolphins to six goals and 24 shots, with just two goals allowed and six shots against in the second half.

“It's good to be able to learn from a win,” Myers said. We come away from today knowing there's a lot we have to get better at. It's a W. As we move into this next week we'll go home and study a lot of film and work on the fundamentals. It was good for our team to get into an environment that's uncomfortable, on a big stage. To come away with a win is something you can build off.”

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