SUNDAY, MAY 06, 2012
JU hammers High Point for NLC title
DAVIDSON, N.C. – It took Jacksonville a little while to get going but once it did the Dolphins won the National Lacrosse Conference championship and set national records and school milestones in a dominating 19-6 win over High Point here Sunday.

The Dolphins erased a year’s worth of agony as they avenged last season’s NLC loss to the Panthers, an earlier season 18-12 loss and in doing so set an all-time national scoring record and got a national record from NLC co-Player of the Year Rachel Hannon.

“This was a whole new year and you learn from the past,’’ coach Mindy McCord said. “Our team wanted to come out and play our game and end on a high note and show what they are capable of.’’

With the 19 goals the Dolphins become the highest scoring team in NCAA history with 18.11 goals per game beating out Syracuse’s 18.01 goals per game in 2008.

Hannon, from Annapolis, Md., broke the NCAA draws in a season record with 10 minutes to play in the first half when she nabbed her 127th of the season eclipsing the old mark set by Maryland’s Dana Dobbie in 2008. She wound up with eight draws on the day and 131 for the year.

After Hannon broke that mark in the first half, sophomore Morgan Derner put the final touches on the championship win in the second half.

Derner scored the 100th goal of her career on a man-down situation with 28:23 to play to make it 9-4 and virtually ended the game at 20:55 to play with her fourth goal of the game.

After a bit of a slow start in the first half, the Dolphins got going when freshman Holly Ventimiglia scored with 22:08 to go to tie at one, the first of four consecutive scores for JU.

Ellyn Spangenberg followed with the first of her two first-half goals with 18:24 to play and a little more than a minute later sophomore Brittney Orashen then intercepted a pass, ran the length of the field and hit the team’s leading scorer, Ali Hoffman, who scored to make it 3-1 with 17:07 to play.

Less than two minutes later, goalie Karli Tobin made a key save on a High Point free position attempt and defender Morgan Basler, who has been getting plenty of work at midfield in the tournament, followed with a score and a 4-1 lead with 15:08 to play. From there, the teams played even the remainder of the half as both Spangenberg and Hoffman scored again and sophomore Morgan Derner scored twice, the 14th consecutive game she has scored a goal in.

Hoffman, Kayleigh Hynes, Stewart, Basler, Orashen, Ventimiglia and Carly Garrison all put up second half scores.

“I thought if we played our game we could score some points and that’s what happened,’’ McCord said. “Once we get going it is very difficult to stop us.''

Orashen led the team with four ground balls and Rachel Forman and Kaylee Quint had three each.

Orashen, Basler, Hannon and Tobin were named to the All Tournament team and Tobin was the tourney's Most Valuable Player award.

- Jim Nasella