Dolphins Earn First Win of Season vs. Davidson, 15-9

Dolphins Earn First Win of Season vs. Davidson, 15-9

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.

First Half

Jacksonville scored the first two goals with Della Rocca popping the net first on an assist by
Valdez at 28:14 and later Rachel Aus took a Parker Day pass at 27:00.

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.

Second Half

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.