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Benjamin’s Robert Jacobs Notches 8 Points in Kenyon’s Opening Win

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
Editor’s Note:  Robert Jacobs has always been one of our favorite players, from his skill to his personality.  His parents are some of the best we have encountered, but we do wonder if they suggested this new look of his… For every player aspiring to play at the next level, Robert’s choice of Kenyon is an excellent example of finding the best fit for both academics and athletics.  As you make your choices, try to find your best match in a college.  Robert found his. From Kenyon’s Press Release: GAMBIER, Ohio – Offense was the name of the game for the Kenyon College Lords lacrosse team in its season opener on Tuesday afternoon. The Lords raced out to an early 8-0 lead and went on to rout the visiting Ohio Northern University Polar Bears by a final count of 15-7. Six different Lords combined to score seven goals in the first quarter of action. Jonah Florence started the scoring in the game’s first three minutes and Pierce Kraft added an unassisted goal to give the Lords a 2-0 edge. After face-offs started to go the way of the Lords, the goals started to pile up. In the last five minutes the first quarter , Emilio Sosa recorded two goals while Robert Jacobs, Josh Galardi and Chris Ferraro added one a piece. Two of those five goals were scored in man-up situations, while Ferraro’s came with just three seconds remaining in the period. Early in the second quarter, the Lords added to their scoring run when Sosa completed his hat trick to give Kenyon an 8-0 lead. The second quarter turned into a special teams test for both squads after a flurry of penalties were called. During one of the man-down opportunities facing the Lords, the Polar Bears took advantage of a failed clear and Noah St. Croix found the back of the cage to get Ohio Northern on the board for the first time with 8:25 remaining. Nine seconds later, while still a man down, Kenyon’s Will Swain won the ensuing faceoff and dished off to Jacobs, who in turn set up Galardi for a shorthanded goal. The 9-1 Kenyon advantage stood the final 8:16 of the quarter and held as the halftime score. The penalty-filled second quarter spilled over into the second half, resulting in a total of 24 infractions being called. Ohio Northern ended up going 5-of-11 in man-up situations, while Kenyon went 2-of-8. Ohio Northern was able to develop some momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the Lords 3-2. Two of those three goals came as part of man-up opportunities. Anthony Pavone scored the first with 4:30 remaining and Nicholas Groves scored the second a minute later. A refocused Kenyon squad regained control of the game early in the fourth quarter, using goals from Jacobs and Alex Lopez to post their largest lead of the game at 13-4. The teams traded goals the rest of the way before a last-minute tally from Ohio Northern’s Max Weese brought the final margin to eight. Jacobs had the biggest day offensively for the Lords scoring two goals with six assists. Kraft and Sosa each recorded three goals. Florence had a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Galardi finished with two goals while Ferraro, Lopez, and freshman Ian Griffith each added one goal. Cameron Marous registered a team-high three goals the Polar Bears. Making his first career start, sophomore goalkeeper Reed Levesque collected 11 saves en route to his first career win. Only two of the seven goals he yielded came at even strength. His counterpart, Ohio Northern goalkeeper Tanner Walroth, racked up 14 saves in the losing effort. The win gives Kenyon its fourth straight victory in a season opener. Up next, the Lords will hit the road to take on Albion College on Saturday, February 25. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start.