Navy Men’s Lacrosse Team Falls To Jacksonville, 13-7
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—T.J. Kenary scored four goals and added an assist, while Donovan Lang added two goals and two assists as Jacksonville (1-1) defeated Navy (1-1), 13-7, Sunday afternoon in the Moe’s Southwest Grille Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Jacksonville goalie Peter DeLuca was strong in the cage for the Dolphins with 17 saves.
“Obviously we didn’t get what we came down for,” said Navy head men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell. “At the end of the day, Jacksonville just played better than us.”
Navy dominated the game statistically as the Mids outshot the Dolphins 42-24, had 36 ground balls to Jacksonville’s 18, won 15 of the 24 face-offs, committed just 12 turnovers while forcing 20 turnovers and converted all 15 clear attempts.
Statistics, however, can be deceiving at times as only 24 of Navy’s 42 shots were on goal and the majority of the shots that were on goal ended up being easy saves for DeLuca. The Mids were also 0-4 on extra-man opportunities and are now 0-8 on the year.
On the defensive end of the field, Navy goalies R.J. Wickham (30 minutes, 4 saves, 8 goals allowed) and Nolan Hickey (30 minutes, 2 saves, 5 goals allowed) combined for just six saves while giving up 13 goals. The Navy defense was also hampered by the absence of defensive longstick midfielder Pat Kiernan, who was out with a broken hand.
Navy trailed 10-4 late in the third quarter before scoring three quick goals, one at the end of the third quarter by Bryce Dabbs and two to start the fourth quarter by Tucker Hull and Pat Durkin, to cut the Jacksonville lead in half at 10-7. The Mids had several opportunities to get even closer, but poor shot selected doomed the comeback bid.
“We had our opportunities today, we just didn’t take advantage of them,” said Sowell. “There was a sense of urgency to get shots off, but unfortunately some of those shots weren’t very good.”
Hull led the Midshipmen with three goals, while Durkin scored twice. Sam Jones and Dabbs each had a single tally. All seven of Navy’s goals were unassisted.
“We put ourselves in a hole by coming out and turning the ball over early and those turnovers led to goals,” said Sowell. “I thought we settled down after that, but we just could never get things going our way.”
Navy will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium when they take on the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0) at 12 noon.