Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Hangs Tough before Falling; Dolphins Lose 9-6 To19th-Ranked Ohio State in Lacrosse Action

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Hangs Tough before Falling; Dolphins Lose 9-6 To19th-Ranked Ohio State in Lacrosse Action

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

On a big-time stage in a big-time atmosphere, Jacksonville University's men's lacrosse team showed it's capable of competing with a national power.

JU missed several opportunities to tie the score in the third and fourth quarters, then allowed 19th-ranked Ohio State to score three times in the final 13 minutes as the Buckeyes won 9-6 in the second game of the third annual Moe's Southwest Grill Lacrosse Classic at EverBank Field on Sunday.

A crowd of 5,418 and a national TV audience watched the Dolphins battle the Buckeyes on even terms shortly after 15th-ranked Penn State upset No. 9 Denver 15-12 in the first half of the doubleheader.

"We battled really hard and played our hearts out," JU coach Guy Van Arsdale said. "That's a top-20 program, and we're battling back and forth for 60 minutes. One of those pipes [shots that hit the framework of the goal] goes in early, and that could have made a difference. That gets you on a roll and gets you going. But from last week [a 21-9 loss at Duke] to this week, we showed dramatic improvement, and that's very encouraging moving ahead to the rest of the season."

Jacksonville clanged two shots off the crossbar or side pole of the net in the opening five minutes. Even with the near-misses, Jacksonville (0-2) led 2-1 in the first 11 minutes of the game. But a three-goal flurry by Ohio State (2-0) in the final four minutes gave the Buckeyes

a 4-2 advantage after the first quarter.

The Dolphins tied the score at 4-all following successive goals by Cameron Mann and TJ Kenary in the first half of the second period. Ohio State had just finished killing a penalty when Mann came from behind Buckeyes goalie Greg Dutton and drilled a low shot into the corner of the net. Kenary's goal came off a pass from Ari Waffle.

Ohio State scored 23 seconds later to take a 5-4 lead, an advantage it never relinquished. …

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