I brought my video camera along with to bring you the sights and sounds of the first NCAA Division 1 lacrosse game in Forsyth Country, NC.
FYI: If you are a Bucknell fan and went to the game, odds are you sat near me. If you are a Jacksonville fan and attended the game, very unlikely that you sat next to me. Garrett Swaim: your family is loud. In a good way.
Here’s the setting: I rolled into Nancy K. Shea Stadium on the campus of Forsyth Country Day School. I was hoping to get there earlier for the high school game between the host FCDS and my alma mater, R.J. Reynolds HS. Instead, I arrived a bit too late, only to see the scoreboard indicating a 10-4 RJR win.
Picking out a seat was easy, as the crowd hadn’t shown up yet. Top row. Middle. Right next to the aforementioned Garrett Swaim’s family. On the other side of me was the whole Bucknell contingent. All great fans.
I left the game quite impressed with Jacksonville. Aside from their nonexistent first quarter, they played fairly solid. Coach Kerwick made some great adjustments at the half on defense and the Bison only picked up a few garbage goals. Bucknell just happened to be the better team today.
Don’t sleep on Jacksonville. At all. Mark my words, they will become in NCAA tournament mainstay in no time.
Game recap from Lacrosse Magazine:
No. 18 Bucknell Downs Jacksonville in Carolina
from press release
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – The JU men’s lacrosse team dug itself an early hole and could never dig out in a 17-8 loss to No. 18 Bucknell.
The Dolphins gave up the game’s first seven goals, spanning through the first 18 minutes, and pulled within four goals but could never get any closer.
The Dolphins were led by freshman attackman TJ Kenary with four goals and one assist while sophomore midfielder Jeremy Tissenbaum scored twice for JU. Senior goalie Brad Hester played all 60 minutes and made 15 saves.
The Bison were led by strong performances from Charlie Streep (4,3) and Austin Winter (4,2) while goalie Kyle Feeney picked up the win, making seven saves.
Bucknell dynamic stretching:
Jacksonville entrance to Jay-Z:
Captain’s Meeting and opening face:
Later in the game:
Last 5 mins Part 1:
Last 5 mins Part 2:
About the Author: The Lax picked up his first stick when he stepped on campus at MCLA D2 school UNC Charlotte. After taking a short break, he returned to the field for independent UNCG. The Lax enjoys flowers, pictures of unicorns, long walks on the beach, and above all else, beating people with his D-Pole.