ANNAPOLIS, Md. – It was a tale of two halves for the Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse team (2-2) on Sunday afternoon opposite No. 19 Navy (2-0). The Dolphins jumped all over the Midshipmen, leading 5-2 early but a subsequent 9-0 Navy run ultimately decided this one, 13-6.
Jacksonville, battling cold and wet conditions, had six different players contribute scores, Matt Stagnitta yet again leading the scoring with a goal and two assists. Evan Tyler had his 17-game goal scoring streak snapped but Jack Dolan has now registered at least one point in 26 consecutive contests. He had one goal on four shots. Troy Hettinger, Ethan Lamond, Brendan McKenna and Luke Robinson each scored.
Adam Baker made eight saves against 31 shots, 21 on goal. He also picked up eight ground balls. Colin Hinton and Tucker Denault each caused three turnovers from the back line while Jordan Young caused a pair. In total, Jacksonville caused 11 Navy turnovers, 14 total, but committed 20 of its own.
Lamond’s goal at the 12:17 mark in the first quarter put JU on the board first in this one. Navy answered but JU then scored three unanswered from Robinson, Stagnitta then McKenna to move ahead 4-1 by the end of the first quarter. Dolan’s goal with 6:49 left in the second quarter is what put JU up, 5-2.
The 9-0 Navy run spanned the remainder of the second quarter and into the fourth when Jacksonville added its sixth tally with 12:30 to play. Navy added two more down the stretch and kept the Dolphins at bay to secure victory in this one.
Next up for the Dolphins will be another road test against another program receiving attention from the national polls. Utah has been receiving votes in the polls, just like the Dolphins and is off to a 1-3 start with a win over Bellarmine. The matchup in Salt Lake City, Utah will get started at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET)