JU Men: Dolphins Upset Duke 14-12 Sunday Afternoon in Durham!

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via JU press release

BOX SCORE

Durham, N.C. – The Jacksonville Men’s Lacrosse program traveled to Durham, N.C. and upset the #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils, Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

Max Waldbaum’s four goal effort and Jack Dolan’s hat trick fueled the Dolphin attack offensively. Two goals apiece from Jacob Greiner and Tyler Corpora, as well as a goal each from Jeremy WinstonReid Smith and Bo BowHunter rounded out the scoring for JU. Luke Millican earned the victory between the pipes for Jacksonville, stopping 10 shots in the historic victory.

Dyson Williams’ hat trick led the Blue Devil effort offensively. Mike Adler took the decision in goal for Duke, stopping 16 shots in defeat.

Waldbaum kicked off the afternoon for Jacksonville finding the back of the net four minutes into the contest. Following two consecutive Duke goals, Jacksonville would score two-straight of their own, courtesy of Winston and Dolan. After trading goals back-and-forth, the score was knotted at four entering the second quarter.

Duke scored their only goal of the frame at the 9:06 mark, however the Dolphins responded with a 3-0 run to end the half, leading 7-5 entering the break.

Coming out of the locker room, Dolan scored back-to-back goals, and Greiner followed with one of his own, to extend the Dolphin lead to five, 10-5. Duke would end the frame scoring two of the final three goals, but the Dolphins would enter the fourth leading by four, 11-7.

Corpora’s second goal of the day and BowHunter’s score would stretch the green and white advantage to six, its largest of the victory. The Blue Devils would end the game on a 5-1 run, but it would not be enough as Jacksonville prevailed, 14-12.

Head Coach John Galloway‘s Comments
“First, I want to thank Coach Danowski for allowing us as many chances as we have had to play his program. He doesn’t need to do that, but his willingness to help our program is not something that I take for granted. He has been my mentor since I got into coaching, and I am thankful that he gives programs like JU a chance, because he certainly doesn’t have to.”

“Today was obviously a special moment, not only for the guys on the sideline, but for everyone who has ever put on a Jacksonville jersey. I tell the kids that come into our family that you have to take pride when you put our logo on. Today, I hope is a reason for every alumni and family member to be proud to be apart of the JU Lacrosse family.”

“I thought the unsung heroes of Jordan YoungTroy HettingerZack DeakenJack Heed and Davis Smith made significant plays for us in th game. However, you don’t win the game without the older players who have suffered so much heartache to step up. Dixon SmithColin HintonJack Dolan and Max Waldbaum made plays when we needed it.”

“Our message to the team is going to be clear, enjoy this one right now. This is a moment they will have for the rest of their lives. With that said, we flip the page. We have Mercer in 48 hours. At 6 PM tonight, we have to accept that challenge and get ready to go back to work.”

Game Notes
– Sunday was the first victory for Jacksonville in program history against a top-3 opponent
– Sunday also provided the first win over Duke for the Dolphins
– Waldbaum has had four goals and five or more points in his first two Jacksonville and Division I contests
– Following today’s four-point performance, Dolan sits 13 points away from tying Eric Applegate’s career point total of 143
– Corpora and Smith’s goals were their first in the green and white
– Sunday was the first win in goal for Millican since Feb. 3, 2018, against Lafayette, while he was a member of North Carolina
– The Dolphins improved to 25-4 when leading after the third quarter under Galloway

Up Next
Jacksonville returns to the field Tuesday evening, as the Dolphins face Mercer in a neutral site contest being held in Savannah, Ga. Opening faceoff is slated for 6 PM.