JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Unwavering defense allowed the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team to come out on top with a 15-7 victory over Michigan on Saturday night.
“Holly Ventimiglia really led us out strong with three goals in the first nine minutes,” said Assistant Coach Sarah Gallion. “We needed to do a little better on the shooting end, the percentage was a little low but we met our goals on possessions with our caused turnovers and draws. Overall, we did a great job pressuring their team on their clears to give ourselves a lot of extra chances. We’re getting the opportunities but now we just have to focus on finishing.”
The Dolphins came out of the gate scoring and never let up the entire 60 minutes. Seconds into the contest, Kelsey Wiglesworth (Towson, Md.) flicked a pass to Ventimiglia (Medford, N.Y.)in front of the net and she slashed it in for the first goal of the game. The Dolphins tacked on two more in the next few minutes to cap a 3-0 stretch before Michigan got on board with a free-position shot (23:11).
Outscoring the Wolverines 6-3 to head into halftime with a 9-4 advantage, the Fins suffocated Michigan to limit their scoring opportunities. While JU posted 20 shots, they played well both on and off the ball to allow the Wolverines to recorded a paltry eight shots in the half.
Coming out of the break, Ventimiglia laced her fourth score at 28:17 and the team denied any semblance of a comeback with five more unanswered goals to hold a 15-4 lead near the midpoint of the frame. The Wolverines mustered their best scoring sequence to close the game with three scores but the final goal just before the closing horn capped the contest at 15-7.
Ventimiglia finished with five points on her four goals and an assist. Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.) also recorded five points on three goals and two assists while Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) added three goals and an assist for four points. Kaylee Quint (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Chelsea Watts (West Long Branch, N. J) caused three turnovers each and Jess Worcester (LaPlata, Md.) grabbed a game-high six draw controls.
Jacksonville edged the Wolverines 38-23 in ground balls, draws 15-8, and forced 23 turnovers 13 of which were caused.
The Dolphins are now 3-3 on the season and return to action March 8 against Longwood at 11 a.m.