Dolphins Roll Past Vermont

MEgan Prescott looks to pass

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ten Dolphins found the back of the net for Jacksonville University as the Dolphins rolled to its second-straight victory – a 20-5 decision over Vermont – Sunday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.

The Dolphins improve to 4-2 on the year, while the Catamounts fall to 2-5.

"Lillie [Miller] and Ashtyn [Hiron] really paced our team today and their effort in the ride along with the play of our team defense was the different in this game," stated Head Coach Mindy McCord. 

"We had some consistent play behind the goal today and looked for assists a lot thanks to Erin McGuireWe had a good passing game after a couple throw aways early and did a nice job on ground balls and draws. It was good to see so many young faces out there helping our team. Meg [Prescott] had a terrific game and her former club teammate Alyssa Arnold is starting the year strong."

Led by junior Lillie Miller's six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and freshman Megan Prescott's four goals, the Dolphins (4-2) opened the game with a 7-0 run and never looked back.

A pair of goals from Miller and Prescott highlighted that opening run, and it took over 15 minutes for the visitors to find an answer at the 14:57 mark.

Jacksonville added three more goals – two from freshman Alyssa Arnold and the first of senior Ashtyn Hiron's three – and finished the half on a 4-0 run to extend their lead to 14-2 at the break.

The teams traded goals to open the second half before Jacksonville scored four straight. Junior Erin McGuire handed out assists on the first two to freshman Sarah Elms (14:38) and Prescott (11:07), while Miller found Prescott (8:29) and Hiron (4:14) capped scoring for Dolphins.

Jacksonville held the advantage in nearly every category, including shots (37-13), shots on goal (26-9), ground balls (14-9), and draw controls (16-10). Causing nine of the Catamounts' 23 turnovers, the Dolphins turned the ball over just 12 times.

Hiron finished the day with a hat trick and game-high six draw controls, while juniors Kristen Brunoforte and Noelle Parker split time in the cage. Brunoforte posted four saves and improves to 2-1 on the year.

Elise Koehl (2g) and Alex Bernier (1g, 1a) both posted a pair of points for Vermont, while Maddy Kuras finished the day with six saves.

The Dolphins return to action this Wednesday, March 14 when they play host to Central Connecticut State at noon.