SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014
Dolphins Storm Past Winthrop
13 Goal Opening Half Help JU Weather the Elements
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team is on a three-game winning tear and the latest to fall to the powerhouse was Winthrop University. Harsh conditions and a feisty home-standing Eagles team could not derail the Dolphins as they scored 19 goals to their oppositions 11.
The Fins were directed by a strong effort on the draw (18-13) and a tenacious ride (4-8 Winthrop clears stolen). The possessions helped make possible a 50% shooting effort.
"Winthrop is a well-coached team. We knew that coming in. They were well prepared and we had to shoot well to get the win. Our attackers answered the bell in the first half with 13 goals on 25 shots," said head coach Mindy McCord.
"I liked how we played on the road in poor conditions without our starting keeper [Asia Moore stayed home battling flu-like symptoms]. We're scoring well and we have seen a group of attackers and midfielders every game who show up and rise to the occasion. I think if we all play at that level as a team we can accomplish a lot."
The Eagles did their best to keep the Dolphins honest and stuck around for a majority of the first half. Jacksonville was the first to strike on a free-position goal from Brittney Orashen and each team would rattle off goals through the midpoint of the frame. With 10:35 on the clock, WU used an unassisted score to pull within two, 7-5, and the Dolphins answered back with a 4-0 run. The eventual 6-1 JU goal advantage closed the half with the Fins up 13-6.
As the weather worsened, the rainfall and gusty winds forced both squads to play at a slower tempo. The Eagles netted two goals in the first five minutes of the second half but again the Dolphins scored four consecutive goals to boost a 17-8 cushion with 16:17 left in regulation.
From then on the teams traded two goals each and WU’s Logan McCarthy ended all scoring by notching the Eagle's eleventh goal with just 33 seconds remaining.
Taylor McCord, who scored her 100th point earlier this season, gave credit to her teammates for the win.
"It's a very unselfish team. They make it easy to play attack here. Winthrop ran a new zone that we had not seen. We like playing against zones, it's a test of our ability to play as a unit and not be just a group of good players," McCord said.
"These non-conference games are great for preparing us for our conference opponents and we hope to get some great work in this week on the field and in the classroom."
JU will prepare for a grueling weekend with a Friday evening game at No. 15 Stony Brook, followed by a flight to Detroit for a Sunday afternoon A-Sun match-up of last year's tournament title game.
By the Numbers....Holly Ventimiglia and Ali Hoffman scored her third hat tricks of the season...Taylor McCord earned her fifth hat trick...Ali Brennan continued to earn possessions with a team-high four draw controls...Defender Chelsea Watts matched Hoffman with three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the effort.