JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Danielle Della Rocca scored five goals for the second-straight game and Courtney Valdez totaled four as Jacksonville University (1-3) earned a 15-9 victory against Davidson College (2-2) Sunday at D.B. Milne Field. Sydney Matthews had 11 saves and allowed only five goals.
Davidson scored four unanswered until Valdez scored at 22:34 on a Hannah Wilcox pass. The Wildcats answered on a free position goal.
Jacksonville finished the half by scoring the last eight goals. Della Rocca had three in the run, including the final at 3:23. MacEllen McDonough, Lillie Miller, Valdez, and Day all scored in the run. Matthews spent the final 18:37 in goal and totaled seven saves.
The Dolphins were held scoreless to start the half until Day scored unassisted at the 14:57 mark after the Wildcats had scored thrice. Davidson scored again with 13:43 remaining before JU went on its own three-goal streak. Ashtyn Hiron scored on a free position, and Della Rocca and Valdez both sounded the horn at the 7:54 and 6:03 marks, respectively.
"Our effort on the draw control and our ride was impressive today. We put a lot of pressure on our ride. We didn't get the caused turnover stats but we forced a good bit. We won 16-9 on the draw control and those extra possessions helped us capitalize and have more possessions on the attack. I thought Danielle Della Rocca, Ashtyn Hiron, Courtney Valdez, and Sydney Matthews all played great for us." – JU Head Coach Mindy McCord
The Dolphins won 16 draw controls, went 12-15 in clears, and outshot the Wildcats, 43-24. Each team had 13 ground balls. Hiron won seven draws, and Day and Valdez each had a pair of assists.
Jacksonville continues its eight-game home stretch with a Mar. 8 contest vs. Niagara. First draw is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and free pizza for JU students will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.