Mens Lacrosse Falls in Season Opener against #15 Georgetown

Kyle Nanton

The Jacksonville University Men’s Lacrosse team played in one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the school’s history on Sunday, Feb. 20. The Moe’s Southwest Grille Sunshine Classic, held at Everbank Field, matched up JU vs. Georgetown University at Noon. Then a rematch of the 2010 National Championship game was played at 3 p.m. between Duke University and Notre Dame University. JU’s game drew a crowd of more than 8,000 at the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars home stadium, the largest crowd in the programs 2-year history.

Photo by Grace Singer

“The atmosphere was great, the crowd was loud and intense, it motivated us and gave us confidence that we could win this game,” Junior Goalie Alex Discala said.

The #15 Hoyas jumped out on the Dolphins with a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. This lead was then closed as the Dolphins got out of their early funk and scored five straight goals to tie the game. Dolphin’s sophomore Cameron Mann led the effort with a team-high 5 points, two goals and three assists. The two teams went back and forth with individual runs for most of the second and third quarter.

The Hoyas had the advantage over the Fins in the faceoff category (19-12) and were also more efficient in their shot selections. The Dolphins fired away on the Hoyas, but took 52 total shots, and only had 21 on goal. The Fin’s goal scoring was led by senior Bobby Stockton who notched four goals; he helped bring the game within two in the fourth quarter. The 14-12 Hoya lead proved insurmountable as they scored another goal with under three minutes left to down the Fins 15-12. The Fins were not down about the loss, and looked at their opener positively.

“We learned we can compete with anyone in the country, we played with high intensity and we were relentless,” Sophomore Defenseman Tanner Gard said.

In the headliner game that afternoon, Notre Dame topped Duke 12-7 to get a little revenge for last year’s National Championship loss. The Dolphins will play their next game on the road at Mercer University Wednesday Feb. 23, at 4 p.m.