JU Locks Up Share of A-Sun Title with 16-2 Victory

Illustrated By: Matthew Martin

On a day where Jacksonville University honored their first ever lacrosse four-year senior class, the women’s lacrosse team locked up a share of the Atlantic Sun conference title with a 16-2 victory over Detroit.
Despite a 45-minute lightning delay, the Dolphins were able to blow past Detroit for at least a share of the inaugural A-Sun championship regular season crown and their third straight league title.
Senior Amanda Hurley scored three of her four goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to fuel a 6-0 Dolphins run to open the contest. Junior Brittney Orashen also scored two goals during the stretch helping JU to a 10-1 halftime lead.
With 22 minutes remaining, heavy rains and lightning blew through the Jacksonville area putting the game on hold for a while.
Junior Morgan Derner scored three goals and an assist and Taylor McCord added a pair of goals to go along with three assists.
The Dolphins final two games take them to Navy on Friday before they finish regular season play Sunday at Howard.
The A-Sun tournament will be hosted by JU at Southern Oak Stadium April 26-28.

Orashen Helps Dolphins to Record and Victory

The women’s lacrosse team exploded for a 24-goal outburst en route to a 24-6 victory over Winthrop.
The Dolphins used two 10-goal runs, one in each half, on the way to matching a school record for goals scored.
JU (7-3) was led by Brittney Orashen who scored four goals on the afternoon. Orashen also added an assist, five draw controls, four ground balls and forced two turnovers. Taylor McCord added four goals of her own aiding the JU attack.
“Our ride has really been a team effort,” said JU assistant coach Paul McCord. “It starts with the attackers, then the middies are doing a great job disrupting the midfield and the defenders are reacting really well as a unit.”
Winthrop struck first in the game, winning the opening face off and surging down the field for the score.
Following the Winthrop goal, the Dolphins scored 10 straight goals which would be enough to hold on for the victory. JU continued the intensity and scoring threats into the second half, blowing past the Eagles.
The trio of Kaitlin Stewart, Holly Ventimiglia and Morgan Derner each added three goals in the victory.
Next up, the Dolphins open up conference Saturday at Kennesaw State.

Dolphins Blow Past William & Mary, Welcome No. 6 Duke

Led by senior Amanda Hurley and sophomore transfer Taylor McCord, the Dolphins got their fourth straight win by defeating William & Mary 20-14 this past Friday at D.B. Milne Field.
Hurley scored five goals for JU while McCord added four goals, three assists and three ground balls.
“It was really a hard transition but the team is really family-oriented and that has made it easier,” said McCord, who transferred from Florida. “They are so accepting. It wasn’t hard to find my place within the team.”
Hurley now has 15 goals on the season, despite only having 21 total a year ago, as she rounds out her career at JU.
“I think it’s being more a mature player and paying more attention to my defender,’’ said Hurley. “Getting that extra step, working with speed, coach Paul (McCord) has helped us get an extra step on our defenders and I’ve got to give it up to our low attackers feeding to us. They give us those nice passes that we need; our feeding and cutting has stepped up this year.’’
The duo of Hurley and McCord teamed up twice on scoring plays for JU.
“She’s [Hurley] just unstoppable and two lefties on the field is hard to beat especially when you have the chemistry we have,’’ McCord said. “I read her easily; we make the eye contact and I know what to expect when I catch the ball and I know I am going to look for her back-dooring.’’
Brittany Orashen, Ali Hoffman and Morgan Derner helped JU get out to an early 3-0 lead. The Dolphins took the lead all the way to halftime, where they sat ahead of William & Mary, 11-7.
Eight straight goals from the Dolphins to start the second half all but sealed the game for JU.
Hurley scored four of her five during the 8-0 run by JU, giving the Dolphins a 19-8 advantage.
William & Mary returned the favor as the Tribe accounted for seven of the games last eight goals, giving JU a bit of a scare.
“We were doing the job getting the ball and taking care of it on our attacking end [to start the second half],’’ said Dolphin head coach Mindy McCord. “In the very end when we were trying to get some people, some experience and we’ve got to do a better job with team defense with our younger players. They’re on this team; we recruited them and they need to show that.’’
Derner finished up the game with three goals and three caused turnovers. Hoffman had three assists and Chelsea Watts had three caused turnovers and four draw controls. Orashen led the team in draw controls with six with Kelsey Wiglesworth right behind her with five.
Up next for the Dolphins, the No. 6 ranked Duke Blue Devils head to D.B. Milne Field. The opening face off is set for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Dolphins Blow Past San Diego State 15-5

Photo by George Wahl II

The Dolphins women’s lacrosse team defeated the Aztecs from San Diego State University this past Saturday, 15-5.
The JU offense was led by sophomore Taylor McCord who scored four goals on the day. Junior Morgan Derner added two goals of her own, helping the Dolphins cruise to their second win of 2013.
Despite a slow first half, JU was able to secure a 6-3 halftime lead after a free position goal from junior Kaitlin Stewart.
“We struggled to get into an offensive rhythm and had a few to many turnovers in the first half,” said JU Head Coach Mindy McCord. “San Diego State did a good job with their transition defense so they deserve some credit for causing some of our miscues. They certainly gave us a test.”
In the first few minutes of the second half, the Dolphins and Aztecs traded goals before JU went on a 7-0 scoring run. Leading 8-5 with 22 minutes to play, freshman Kelsey Wiglesworth scored the first goal of her collegiate career jumpstarting the 7-0 run.
Senior Amanda Hurley added two free position goals, bringing her total for the season to 10, which leads the team. Senior goalie Karli Tobin had 10 saves in the game, matching a season-high.
Next up for the Dolphins, they will face Presbyterian Saturday at 1p.m. in Clinton, S.C.

JU Falls 21-9 at Duke, Stage Set for Moe’s Classic

The Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse team opened up their season on the road in Durham, N. C., home of the Duke University Blue Devils.

The Dolphins struck first on a goal from senior midfielder TJ Kenary 52 seconds into the game, but were outmatched the remainder of the contest falling to the No. 6 ranked Blue Devils 21-9.

Kenary, who netted the first goal of the contest, added two more in the game along with two assists to lead the Dolphins with five points.

Duke, who was defeated in a tight match up by No. 9 Denver 14-12 on Saturday, scored five straight after Kenary’s goal, putting the Blue Devils up 5-1.

JU senior Cameron Mann put one past the Blue Devil goalie followed by the second of three Kenary goals cutting Dukes lead to 5-3.

The Dolphins would get no closer as Duke responded with goals of their own, jumping out to a 7-3 advantage. Kenary scored his final goal of the game in the second, along with a Rob Wertz goal, but JU was outscored 7-2 in the period giving Duke a 14-5 lead at the halfway point.

Also adding goals for the Dolphins were Ari Waffle, David Goldman and Brian Kensil.

The Dolphins’ next contest will be a matchup with Ohio State as part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field. Denver and Penn State will face off at 1 p.m. and the JU and Ohio State game is slated to start at 3:15 p.m.

Dolphins Cruise Past Vanderbilt 15-7, Prepare for Florida

Illustrated By: Matthew Martin

Following their 10-day layoff, the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team hosted the Vanderbilt Commodores at D. B Milne field Sunday afternoon.

The Dophin’s offense hit its stride as JU defeated Vanderbilt 15-7, evening JU’s record at 1-1, leading up to a match-up with the Florida Gators this Thursday at 7 p.m.

Morgan Derner, junior, and Amanda Hurley, senior, each scored four goals in the game to lead the Dolphin attack. Holly Ventimiglia, sophomore, added three goals of her own while fellow sophomore Taylor McCord had two goals and two assists in the game.

Vanderbilt’s Carly Linthicum scored three minutes into the game, one of her five goals of the match.

Brittney Orashen tied the game at the 21 minute mark and the Dolphins didn’t look back after that. Karli Tobin made multiple crucial saves as the Dolphins scored 11 unanswered goals.

From then on out, any time Vanderbilt scored the Dolphins had an answer and cruised to the victory.

Dolphins Battle Past England in Triple-Overtime

The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team welcomed Team England to the Ashley Sports Complex for an exhibition match this past Wednesday. Following a disappointing 21-8 opening loss to No. 1 Syracuse, the Dolphins bounced back with a 12-11 triple-overtime victory over England’s best.

The two teams battled back and forth all game, exchanging the lead seven times, none more important than the game-winning goal by junior attacker Nikki Erdely that broke the 11-all tie with 1:16 left to play in the third extra period.

Erdely and fellow junior attacker Morgan Derner both finished the game with three goals, accounting for half of the Dolphin scoring efforts. Sophomore midfielder Jess Worchester forced a team-high four turnovers and picked up five ground balls. Junior attacker Brittney Orashen added six ground balls and forced three turnovers of her own.
Two late fouls allowed England to creep back into the match and tie the contest at 10. Sarah Taylor and Katy Bennett both netted shots in the final two minutes of play for England forcing overtime.
Both teams notched a goal in the first overtime period tying the contest at 11 and sending it to a second extra frame.
JU missed two golden opportunities to end the game in the second overtime period. Worchester had her shot glance the post and kick wide of the net and Erdely missed a shot on an open-net following a turnover by the English goalkeeper Cat Gaunt.
In the third overtime, Erdely was able to capitalize when England failed to clear their zone with under two minutes to play. Erdely wrestled her way through the defense netting the decisive goal in the contest.
While the win for the Dolphins does not appear in the record books, it avenges a loss to England from a year ago and gives JU a healthy moral boost following the Syracuse game.
Next up for the Dolphins is Vanderbilt. That game is set for noon, Feb. 3 at D.B. Milne Field. After that the Dolphins get a 10-day layoff to prepare for a battle with the Florida Gators on Feb. 13 at the Ashley Sports Complex at 7 p. m.

WLax Sit Fresno St.’s Bulldogs Down

The Lady Dolphins played host to Fresno State University (2-4) on Tuesday, taking on the Bulldogs in a memorable scuffle.

The women’s lacrosse team beat Fresno 21-2 at D.B. Milne Field on March 27. Thirteen different players scored throughout the game.

Junior Rachel Hannon set a school record as she earned 10 draw controls. She broke the old mark of 6 which was held previously by Abby Warnken, Sarah Michel and Hannon herself. JU outshot Fresno 46-10.

Sophomore Morgan Derner led the game with 5 goals. She has now scored 19 goals in the last four games.

Sophomores Derner and Brittney Orashen, who was making her first collegiate start, set the pace in the first two and a half minutes when first Derner scored on an assist by Ali Hoffman, and Orashen followed with another on an assist by Hoffman. Orashen wound up with 4 assists and a goal for the game.

The first 2 goals launched the Phins to an 11-0 halftime lead and an 18-0 lead before the Bulldogs got on the board.

Two of the JU goalkeepers Karli Tobin and Asia Moore split time and each recorded 6 saves.

JU offense hit on all cylinders but also the defense put on a vice-grip to the Bulldogs, holding them to only 4 shots in the first half and 6 in the second. Altogether Fresno committed 22 errors.

The Dolphins have two away games next week and will host Howard University April 20.

Women’s Lacrosse

The Jacksonville University Women’s Lacrosse team ran into one of their biggest challenges of the season thus far when they faced off against 16th ranked Cornell University.

The Dolphins extended their home win streak to 12 with a 20-10 victory over the University of Louisville but were halted when Cornell came to D. B. Milne field. Cornell scored the first 6 goals of the match-up and never looked back. They increased their lead to 12-7 by halftime.

“Going into the second half we had a margin that we could had overcome if we executed some goals, but we would have had to secure the draw, control possession and we got outworked in terms of securing some of those possessions,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord.

JU did manage to strike, Eleven seconds into the second half, on a Jen Cosgrove goal that cut the lead to 12-8. The Dolphin offense was lead by Morgan Derner who had 6 goals on the day. Kayleigh Hines, Melissa Jaworski and Nikki Erdely also scored for JU in the 22-13 loss.

“Respectfully, we came up against a strong, well-coached opponent who executed its fundamentals,” McCord said.

The lady Dolphins, (6-2), embarks on a stretch of 4 straight conference road bouts before they host Howard University on April 20.

Men’s Lacrosse

Photo by Brett Durda

In overtime the Jacksonville University Men’s Lacrosse team defeated Virginia Military Institute for their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win on Saturday March 24. The game was delayed by 58 minutes due to the weather and concern of lightning.

The Dolphins were able to defeat VMI after the weather broke with a final score of 13-12.

“[It's a] huge win for the Fins,” said junior James Trentini.

Junior Cameron Mann became the first player at JU to break the 100-point mark. Freshman Ari Waffle broke another JU record and scored eight goals. Waffle and Mann combined scored the winning goal.

Mann quickly broke the 100-point mark when he entered the game with already having 98 career points. Mann, assisted Waffle on his first goal of the game with 10:11 left to play in the first quarter. Waffle, then assisted Mann in a goal with 9:35 left to the play in the same quarter. Mann has played in 36 JU games and scored at least one point in each game.

In the middle of the third quarter JU fell behind 9 – 5. After JU fell behind Waffle scored four goals, before overtime began.

“Just like the weather the game was unpredictable. As the weather broke VMI’s lead diminished, and in thrilling fashion we came back from behind and won in overtime,” Trentini said.

Waffle also scored the goal that resulted in a tie with 1:50 left to play. The goal was made when Waffle and Mann connected on a pass.

The winning goal was scored when Mann made a pass to Waffle, and Waffle scored with 2:38 left in overtime. This play was the result of a ground ball from Will Crenshaw that delivered the ball from JU’s defensive zone.

JU’s next game will be against Air Force at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 at the Bolles School. Last year the team defeated Air Force 10 – 7.

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