JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team have a history of playing well in Atlantic Sun action and Wednesday’s contest was no different. With an offensive attack that was running on all cylinders the Dolphins knocked off Kennesaw State by a score of 24-1.
“It was a good first conference game,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “Our shooting percentage improved over the last game and thirteen of our goals came from non-starters. Everyone who came into the game really stepped up and contributed."
"Overall, our possession game was excellent today. Ten-for-ten on clear attempts is something we’ve been working and it was huge to be a perfect 100 percent on that. It was also a really fun ‘Professors Day’. We had a ton of professors come out and we wanted to play hard for them and have an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the work that they do for our student-athletes.”
Three minutes into the contest, Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.) slashed the ball past the right of KSU’s keeper for the first score of the game and a short while later Danielle Della Rocca (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) followed through with her eighth goal of the season to give JU a 2-0 tip with 26:32 on the clock.
Creating on turnovers, JU’s tag-team effort lifted the Dolphins to a 4-0 cushion at 23:43. In a race towards the net, Kennesaw decided to sub in a new goalie with a charging JU squad heading her way. While it was a gutsy move, the Dolphins’ speed proved to be a little too much as Hoffman found Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) in the crease for the score.
The Owls later sent in a goal with 22:50 on the clock and that would be their last score of the game. Causing a turnover with no one downfield but the goalie, Holly Ventimiglia (Medford, N. Y.) completed her hat-trick with six minutes remaining in the half as JU increased their lead to 13-1. By intermission, the scoreboard read: JU 16, KSU 1.
Freshman Della Rocca continued to pour in JU’s goals as she knocked in her hat-trick forty seconds into the second frame. JU defense limited the Owls to just five shots in the latter 30 minutes with goalie Asia Moore (Apex, N.C.) recording all three of her saves in the period to hold KSU scoreless.
Five Dolphins finished the contest with a hat-trick and 12 scored. Joining Ventimiglia and Della Rocca in the three-score club were Derner, Hoffman, and Sally Holbert (Columbus, Ohio).
On Saturday, March 29, Jacksonville hits the road to take on Winthrop at 4 p.m.
ALL-TIME GAME RECORDS ACHIEVED
• The 36 points obtained are tied for fourth place
• The 24 goals scored are in a four-way second place tie
• Twelve assists are in a four-way tie for fifth
• Eighteen caused turnovers tie for fifth