SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
JU offense unloads on Longwood
Jacksonville University scored the first 11 goals of the game and had 13 in the first half as the Dolphins beat Longwood 22-4 in a National Lacrosse Conference game in Farmville, Va.
Sophomore Ali Hoffman continued her torrid play as she scored four goals and had an assist to lead the offensive charge which saw the Dolphins unload a school-record 53 shots which bested the previous mark of 50 set last year against Liberty.
JU completed a very successful two-game swing through the state in which they outscored their opponents 44-8. Hoffman has six assists in a 22-4 win over Liberty Friday.
Teammates Amanda Hurley and Kayleigh Hynes both had hat tricks on the day as 13 players scored for the Dolphins (10-3, 4-1). It was the second consecutive game Hynes scored three goals and Hurley had five on the road trip.
After the Dolphins misfired on their first eight shots, sophomore captain Nikki Erdely got the Dolphins rolling when she score with 22:09 to go I the first half on an assist from Kaitlin Stewart.
Nicole Albino then took over and put two home with 17 seconds of each other scoring at 21:53 and 21:36. Hoffman then opened the flood gates with two goals in the 20-minute mark and the Dolphins then score six more in the next 11:40.
Longwood’s Sam Stifler finally got Longwood on the board with 5:55 to play in the half. She had two goals on the day and teammate Jamie Brentlinger accounted for the other two Longwood (2-10, 2-2) scores.
JU freshman Holly Ventimiglia had two goals for the winners and Rachel Hannon, Morgan Derner, Brittney Orashen, Jen Cosgrove, Jess Worcester, Chelsea Watts and Rachael Krell also scored as JU played 25 players.
“We had amazing scoring distribution,’’ coach Mindy McCord said. “When we can collectively put our talents together it’s hard to stop us.’’
The Dolphins had a season-low eight turnovers and a perfect day on clear attempts.
“We played our system and had opportunities to get some great clears and fast breaks,’’ coach Mindy McCord said. “It’s the first game of season we were perfect on clears (12-for-12) and that dictates our run and gun.’’
Hannon, one of the top defenders in the league, now has scored in two consecutive games and had 11 draw controls giving her 23 in the last two games.
Morgan Basler, Ellyn Spangenberg and Kaylee Quint all had three ground balls. JU goalie Karli Tobin had three saves while her back-up, Asia Moore, had one as Longwood got off only 10 shots during the game and had only five clears throughout. Tobin also had two ground balls in 44:59 minutes of work.
“Tobes (Tobin) started off with two great saves and it starts with that,’’ McCord said. I was proud of all the girls the whole weekend. We’ve been looking for consistency and it was pretty to watch that happen both games.’’
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