Jacksonville vs Notre Dame Lacrosse Disney 1/26/13
I hope all of those who were able to follow the game live enjoyed our commentary. We had over 100 comments and questions come in during the game and I apologize for not being able respond and answer all of them. It was challenging to watch the action, type and read although I was aided by the voice recognition feature on my Ipad (it struggles with my voice and does not speak sarcasm). I am still trying to determine if I will be able to blog this coming Saturday for the JU vs Tampa scrimmage as I will be flying back that morning from a much colder location. The CoverIt Live service we used is not free but thanks to our sponsors and these "Friends of North Florida Lacrosse" we were able to keep you informed and I hope at least mildly entertained. Please tell your friends about our website and encourage others to sign up for our free newsletter. Hopefully you saw last week's edition including our video interview with Asst. Coach Jacob Baxter. The more traffic, the easier it is to convince existing and potential sponsors that people really do care and follow our content. Thanks again and best wishes. Ray Carnicelli
Yes it is hot here in Orlando, even for an Upstate NY boy like me who has been in Florida for a couple of decades plus. Not trying to rub it in, just reporting the facts. Ray Carnicelli 1.26.13
JU's 2013 Gloves Honoring Corey Lovrich #88
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2013 Game Preview
For the second consecutive year the Jacksonville University Dolphins travel to Disney’s Wide World of Sports to prepare for the upcoming season against the University of Notre Dame. In the fall of 2011 the new Dolphin’s coaching staff spent their time adjusting to their new environment, getting to know their players, teaching, evaluating and introducing the players to their style and expectations. To me the trip to Orlando in January of 2012 was like the launch of a newly designed aircraft. There was plenty of planning that took place ahead of time and there was an expectation of success but still some uncertainty. There might be a few minor issues that come to light and the possibility of some anxious moments. A crash was possible but not likely. There was a bit of a mystery in the air leading up to that game. For those of us that attended the scrimmage and for those fans that followed the action via our Live Blog, we learned right away that the JU Dolphins were talented, focused and ready to compete. READ THE 2012 LIVE BLOG CLICK HERE
Here we are a year later and yes there may be a few questions that need to be answered but for the most part, those of us who have been following the JU Dolphins know what to expect. Cam Mann, TJ Kennary and Ari Waffle are very good. Quint Miller, David Goldman, Conor Igoe and Rob Wertz could make the leap from good to very good. Peter Deluca, Ty Black and Tanner Gard will lead a stout defense that includes a number of players that have contributed in the past and who will be competing against each other for much sought after playing time.
My point is that as we sit here in January we know a lot more about the 2013 Dolphins than we knew about the 2012 version this time last year. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t questions to be answered or that there aren’t surprises that may arise.
Dakota Rohlin is one Freshman expected to make a significant impact in 2013
I want to see who amongst the new players will rise above the fray and become impact players; Dakota Rohlin? Chase Miller? Can these players jump right in and make a significant impact? Who will rise to the top in the competition between all of the talented LSMs, D Middies and Close defenders on the JU roster? How will the coaches and players not to mention the referees adjust and adapt to the significant rules changes?
In my recent interview with JU Assistant Coach Jacob Baxter, we discussed some of the challenges the Dolphins faced in 2012 and the areas where improvement must take place to make the move from a middle of the pack team to a MAAC contender. Coach Baxter mentioned the need to be more physical. He felt that the physical strength of the team at times did not measure up to the competition costing the Dolphins ground balls, scoring opportunities and the ability to dictate the tempo. Team strength was a major focus for JU in the off season and we will see early on if the effort to build strength pays off.
My observation from the Duke game in 2012 was that the Dolphins could not overcome the effort by the Blue Devils to overplay the strong hand of some of the Dolphin players. Duke challenged some JU players to go away from their strength and in many cases the Dolphins failed the test. Will the new and returning impact players be able to keep opponents off balance and force them to respect their ability to go in more than one direction? JU must demonstrate the ability to play a physical game against Notre Dame. That will be determined in the battle for ground balls, with an agressive and swarming defense and with an offense that can run through pressure and take the game to the Irish. JU has a history of struggling on the road. We won't necessarily learn too much about their travelling ways on a two hour trip to a scrimmage but it is an opportunity for leaders to lead and the tone of a business trip to be set. I expect major improvement and a number of road wins this season.
Who will score goals and will a few Freshmen and Sophmores join the 20 goal club?
How will the JU staff manage playing time with so many players of apparently similary talent?
Will the Man-Down defense (22%) and Man-Up offense (40%) play to the high level we saw in 2012?
Will the Dolphins move from the ranks of just an athletic competitive team to a powerhouse that can not only win MAAC games but also pick off a few out of conference wins against teams with winning records? That has not happened since year one.
Follow all of the action to learn the answers to a few pre-season questions and let’s see if there aren’t a few suprises along the way.
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Greetings from the happiest place on earth, and maybe the warmest. Anybody out there?
JU out warming up as is Notre Dame.
I will try to post a few pics on Facebook as I am able.
Comment From Oliver Family in Toronto!
Hello from snowy Toronto!
The JU families are filing in. I predict a halftime score of JU 5 ND 3. I don't think I am a myopic homer with rosé colored glasses but I expect a great year for JU. Out of conference wins, at least 4 wins in the MAAC, 4 20 plus goal scorers. I don't want to give all of my insight away today.
I did watch ND v USA. I was socializing and didn't focus on the rules or the game other than as a fan. My wisdom is that both teams are good. More... Ok JU's first line is as good as ND, can we keep up with top teams four 4 Q??
Comment From JerryWinter
Freshman Kavanagh had 4 of ND's 7 and 4 or 5 of their goals were EMO. Interesting.
#50 kavanagh for nd clearly stood out
I expect the same as last year, starters w 2nd middies in1st half, mix it up in the 2nd. We shall see.
JU possession, Mann gb
Trentini, Winter, Kenary at Attack
Spindler in a close D with Gard and Curtis. ND middie scores in settled O
Goldman, Bradbury, Chase Miller on w 2nd middies
JU rides well failure to advance Nd gets ball back, crease violation
Mann now in at Attack, started there on opening FO
Great save by DeLuca, lots of flags, JU down for 2 min Spindler, slash, roughness
EMO goal, ND Penalties release
Great take away by archer
Notre Dame Has controlled the entire game so far
Time and space goal for Notre Dame three to nothing
JU is on their heels
JU has possession on a violation from Notre Dame
ND scores again, 4-0 5:13. JU Sliding early but getting there late. ND Is moving the ball faster than Jacksonville can make the slide
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Back to the action I think JU needs to not slide is early and play good one-on-one defense
Vogt violation on FO, ND ball
A great save by Peter Deluca
Nice clear by Curtis
Igoe, Rohlin, Mann on 1st middie
Ju unforced error sloppy passing
Middie for Ju gets beat, ND scores, ugh
Another save by DeLuca Ju clears time expires. 5-0 after one.
Comment From Jimmie
Has ju hada shot on goal yet?
JU has had one shot on goal from a poor angle that hit the goalie in the chest
Spindler gard and Curtis on defense, McNulty on the face-off JUpossession
Wertz, jones, Quint miller in, Wertz scores
JU showing a bit more fire, nice FO win.
Waffle, winter and Kenary in @ A
Cam from Kenary, we will hear that a lot this year. 2-5
This middie line is working well, Q Miller, Wertz and Jones, nice possession
Spindler to the penalty box after JU turnover
Kavanagh scores an EMO goal for ND, after a bunch this morning
Haus, McCredie great D, Haus takeaway, JU turnover
At least 4 failed clears for JU
Curtis eats up a shot, JU ball
Rohlin with a big time shot on the run, top right corner on the fly. 3-6 7:30 in half
McNulty, FO win, Crenshaw and Black on wing, JU ball
Notre Dame Possession off of a goalie save
DeLuca with an acrobatic save from in tight
Flag down against Jacksonville daluca comes up with a big save Notre Dame on man up
Nice penalty kill for Jacksonville
Spindler penalty, moments later Foster penalty- oof
Daluca is on fire, kills both penalties, two more saves
JU kills both penalties with a big save by DeLuca Notre Dame ball, another save by Daluca
Curtis picks off pass, end to end Rebman rips a shot, 4-6 PETER D keeping them in it , 3:11 in half
End of the half, be back soon
Back to the action that was quick break
Pfister, take away, Curtis GB, JU ball
Niklason in goal,
Winter, Waffle, Mann down low
Penalty killed, take away ND ball
Winter, Rebman at attack
Chase Miller sticks a goal 5-6 8:42 in 3rd
Archer and Pfister in a close defense
Save Niklasson Notre Dame ball
Ricker w a take away, JU BALL
Carter in at middie d, Kensil in at A
Both teams have slowed it down JU still sliding very early
Kensil nice grab on the crease, ND goalie makes a huge save
Haus with another clear, JU on O
6-5 after three, is anybody out there?
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Vogt taking the draw
Archer, Pfister, Spindler on D, Barfield in goal
I would love to be giving you play-by-play but I am not allowed sorry, The game is not on the radio or television I am all you have, I am now cold it has dropped below 70
ND scores from 11 yards out, five hole 5-7
Comment From Joe Deluca
Thanks again. Fingers holding up?
It's hard to type in my mittens
Nice saved by Barfield, JU GOING EMO
Winter with a EMO goal on a nifty dodge 6-7
Cannon in on D, SAVE BY BARFIELD
NOTRE DAME SCORES FLAG DOWN ON JU AFTER THE goal
ND wins the face, EMO
Wild exchange resulting in JU being two men up.
JU goal, 7-8, Cam Mann
Skudneski in at A
Q Miller scores to tie it up!
6:13 to go 49 facing, not in program
Cannon, Foster, bellanza in on D
Barfield comes up huge in goal, ND people are shaking their heads
Bradbury with a lunging shot, scores a beauty. 9-8 JU 3:58
Bannister, Carter, Twedt in on M defense
I am shocked at how early and far out JU is sliding
Barfield with back to back stunning saves
JU throws it away, ND ball under 2
Coach Baxter was right about Barfield. Did you see the interview? Noisy I know
TO Notre dame ball 1:17, 9-8 JU.. Will my battery last? Just kidding I am all set