WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by 17 points scored from the bench, the Jacksonville women's lacrosse team closed out its
season with a record setting 25-goal performance in a 25-5 win at
Howard University in Washington, DC. Senior Rachael Krell earned her
third hat trick as a reserve and sophomore Holly
Ventimiglia contributed six points in relief of Morgan Derner with four
goals and two assists.
JU (11-4; 4-0 A-Sun) wrapped up an undefeated regular season in A-Sun play as 11 players scored multiple points
and 15 players scored for the Dolphins, including starting goal keeper
Karli Tobin who knocked in her first ever goal a free position attempt.
Every player the Dolphins dressed saw significant minutes as the starting lineup helped build a significant 18-3 halftime lead, also a team record.
Leading the way for the starting attack were sophomore
Taylor McCord (3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points) and junior Ali Hoffman (2
goals, 3 assists, 5 points).
"This was a game to feel good about JU lacrosse and each other
contributing and enjoying our style of play," said JU coach Mindy
McCord. "We did not allow anything to ruin the momentum of our play.
When calls did not go our way we just forced turnovers. I think
we forced 26 which is a tribute to how hard we all worked defensively.
We cleared the ball well on this trip. 12/13 against Navy and 18/18 today. We are gearing up for the next level as a team. I am proud
of our team during this trip. Each and every one of our players is a special player."
The game went back and forth throughout the first eight minutes with Howard tying the score at 22:36 on a Cynthia Smalls goal. JU them rattled off 18 consecutive goals in just thirty minutes to pull out to
a 21-3 lead with 22:25 still remaining to play.
The Bison scored two of the games final six goals.
JU caused 13 turnovers and committed only 8 despite playing 26 different players for significant minutes.
"You just have to love the spirit of the team. We challenge them in
practice and when they put their intensity and focus into their games
great things are possible. Our freshman today were strong and confident
and we are building for the future.
Freshmen Sally Holbert (2 assists), Kelsey Wiglesworth (1 goal, 3 draws,
2 caused turnovers), and Kelly Lacy (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points) led
the effort from the youth movement. Defender Sam Bauer (2 ground balls)
and Allie Colson (1 caused turnover). Five
sophomores also contributed to the team effort.
"We are excited to return home and start preparations for the Atlantic
Sun tournament at JU. We have a great group and we now know what we need
to do to experience success in the tournament."
JU entered the game as NCAA leaders in caused turnovers and ground
balls. Due in large part to the Dolphin system of pressure defense, JU
caused the Bison to fail on 8/15 clear attempts.
JU hosts Kennesaw State at 1pm on Friday in
Southern Oak Stadium in the first semi-final game. Should the Dolphins
be victorious they would play the winner of #3 Stetson vs #2 Detroit on
Sunday at 1pm.
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