SATURDAY, MAY 05, 2012
JU earns spot in NLC final
The Dolphins had plenty to celebrate in the NLC tourney opener
The Dolphins had plenty to celebrate in the NLC tourney opener
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team got what it wanted and the rematch is set for 1 p.m.

Chewing on a National Lacrosse Conference overtime defeat to High Point in the final last year, the Dolphins will get their rematch as the result of a 22-7 win over Detroit in an NLC semifinal game here Saturday.

High Point, which won the NLC regular season this year, awaits after posting a 13-11 win over host Davidson in Saturday’s other semifinal.

“We’ve been waiting a year for the championship game regardless of who the game is against,’’ assistant coach Paul McCord said. “You want to try to get in the championship game and I think we’re ready to go. We’re going to play a very strong opponent so we’ll have to play our best and we hope they do, too.’’

High Point finished the NLC season 7-0, the same record JU had last year. The Panthers won the regular season meeting at home.

The Dolphins (14-4) didn’t take long to put their stamp on the Titans (8-9) as junior Amanda Hurley scored only 20 seconds into the game. It was the 10th consecutive game in which she has scored.

JU put the clock in the continuous run mode by going up by 10, 11-1 with 17:45 to go in the first half when Kaitlin Stewart buried her third goal of the half. Stewart, hot-handed Brittney Orashen, who had four goals against Detroit to go with five against

Presbyterian Friday, and the team’s leading scorer, Ali Hoffman all had first-half hat tricks.

Sophomore Morgan Derner, who set the school record for consecutive games with a goal at 13, had two in the first half and three for the game and now has 97 career goals.

Nikki Erdely, Kayleigh Hynes, Morgan Basler and freshman Holly Ventimiglia all had first half tallies as JU built a 17-2 lead at the break.

Ally Dell, Ellyn Spangenberg and Angela Sperbeck added second-half goals.

Defender Rachel Hannon, who needed 11 draw controls to set the all-time NCAA record for draws in a season (126) had seven. She also had two ground balls and a goal. Hannon and Basler, two of the top defenders, saw action at midfield during the game.

In addition to her offensive output, Stewart had three ground balls and a caused turnover.

The championship game will be available on both video stream and live stats.