Jacksonville Falls To No. 3 Florida 15-4
Nikki Erdely (photo by Bill Spangenberg) Play Video
Nikki Erdely (photo by Bill Spangenberg)
Dolphins return to action on Saturday vs San Diego State

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Matched up against their second top five ranked opponent in three games, the Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team came out on the wrong end of a 15-4 decision Wednesday night at Southern Oak Stadium.  

“It came down to possessions and execution,” said JU Head Coach Mindy McCord. “Florida did a great job taking advantage of their second opportunities and scoring opportunities, but we had a significant amount of forced errors on our part that gave them some of those chances. We have to be able to capitalize on our possession time to get more shooting opportunities.”  

Senior Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) recorded her second straight hat trick with three goals to lead the Dolphins (1-2) which return to action at home on Saturday when they play host to San Diego State at 12:00 pm on D.B. Milne Field.  

Florida (2-0) entered the game having not allowed a goal in its last 37 minutes of play following a second half shutout of No. 5 North Carolina last Saturday. Junior attacker Nikki Erdely (Cumming, Ga.) quickly put an end to that streak. Erdely, who first picked up a lacrosse stick in high school, scored three minutes into the contest off an assist from senior Ellyn Spangenberg (Chuoulota, Fla.).  

The Gators followed with four straight scores before Hurley finally ended the run.  The first of her three goals on the night came off an assist from sophomore Taylor McCord (Jacksonville, Fla.) who transferred to JU from Florida this past summer.  

Named the A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Hurley added another score in the final two minutes of the first half then scored on a free position attempt in the second to bring the Dolphins back to within five at 9-4. That would be as close as JU would get however as the Gators closed out the scoring with six unanswered to secure the win.  

“As a team we scored on three of our five shots in the first half, then only converted on one of eight in the second,” said Coach McCord. “We did a better job of clearing the ball in the second half, but didn’t capitalize on our opportunities when they were there for us.”

Senior goalie Karli Tobin (Moorestown, N.J.) posted seven saves in goal for Jacksonville.

“We had a few mistakes that are correctable tonight so tomorrow we’ll start getting ready for San Diego State by continuing to focus on our system and what we do well,” said McCord. “When we do that we have a chance to be successful against any team.”