JU Men: Dolphins Respond with Victory over Bellarmine

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via JU press release


Louisville, Ky. – The Jacksonville Men’s Lacrosse program get back to its winning ways Friday night, defeating Bellarmine 16-2, on a snowy night at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

Jacob Greiner led the JU (6-2) attack with five goals. Freshman Jackson Intrieri (two goals, four assists) was one of eight Dolphins to find the back of the net. Luke Millican earned the victory in goal, only facing one shot in the contest. Jason Yoquinto and Ryan Della Rocco combined for five saves in the second half.

Tayo Oladunmoye and Kyle Playsted scored the lone goals for the Knights (1-8). J.C. Higginbotham recorded a game-high 10 saves for Bellarmine in the defeat.

Jacksonville scored the night’s first three goals, however the Knights would find the back of the net for their one first half score, with 8:14 remaining in the opening quarter. The

Dolphins followed with their second 3-0 run, leading 6-1 at the end of the first.

Six second quarter goals by the Green and White would extend the Dolphin lead to 11 entering the intermission, 12-1.

The Dolphins would continue their run, finding the back of the net four times in the third quarter, stretching its lead to 15 entering the fourth, 16-1.

Just 40 seconds into the final quarter, Bellarmine would end the Dolphins’ 13-0 scoring run, for their only goal of the second half. In the end, the Dolphins would finish the snowy matchup on top, 16-2.

Head Coach John Galloway‘s Comments 
“Tonight was one of the moments that I believe this team will look back on years from now and be really proud of. To wake up at 3:30am, travel for 6.5 hours, get delayed, and still find a way to win in a snowstorm on the same day was a showcase of the mental toughness in this team. I know last Sunday was stuck in hearts and minds for the last five days, and they would have played anywhere to get that taste of of their mouth.”

“We were led by our seniors and captains, and they stayed with us for all 60 minutes. I texted Jack Dolan to see if it would be a good idea to play same day, and his response was “100%”. I knew that with guys like him, they would come to fight.”

“I also thought all three of our goalies were fantastic tonight. I don’t think the stats showed it, but they made big and clean saves when we needed it. I’m excited to get back to Jacksonville and prepare for another road trip with our road dogs!”

Game Notes
– Jacksonville now leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 6-4. Tonight was the sixth-straight win for the Dolphins in the matchup.
– The two goals allowed was tied for the fewest in program history. The Dolphins allowed two goals in a victory over VMI on April 9, 2016.
– Greiner’s five goal performance was the fourth contest this year with five or more goals in a contest.
– With his second quarter goal, Jack Dolan now stands one point away from tying Eric Applegate’s all-time career points record of 143.
– Intrieri’s two goal showing was a career best for the freshman. Friday night was the fourth occasion this season with four or more assists in a contest.
– Friday with the 16th game with 10-plus faceoff wins for redshirt-sophomore Nathan Kapp.

Up Next
Jacksonville hits the road again, traveling to UMass Lowell next Saturday. Opening faceoff is set for 11:30 AM.