SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2010
Women’s lacrosse team clinches first victory in program history
The JU women’s lacrosse team won its first game in program and conference history on Saturday morning, holding on to defeat Detroit-Mercy, 15-13, on the campus of Presbyterian.
The Dolphins (1-3, 1-0 National Lacrosse Conference) found themselves leading for a majority of the game before a six goal run from the Titans (1-2, 0-2 NLC) brought the game to within one until freshman Cassie Campasano sealed the game with 1:15 remaining.
Campasano led the Dolphins in points for the second time this season, scoring the program’s first hat trick and adding an assist for four points on the day while eight Dolphins scored goals with six scoring more than one. Freshman goalie Karli Tobin turned in an inspired performance, making 12 saves, turning away several point-blank shots in the dying minutes of the game.
The Titans were led by NLC “Player of the Week” Emily Boissonneault who scored four goals and assisted a goal in the loss. Anna Eidem finished the game with four points (3,1) and goalie Brett Yenger stopped 15 shots on the morning.
“We’re so excited to have won our first game,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We played great at the end of the first half and the start of the second which has been our biggest problem all year. Karli played great all game, kept us in it at the end. I’m so proud of our team.”
The Dolphins got things started in fine fashion less than three minutes into the game. Freshman Abigail Warnken converted a free position shot after a foul for a 1-0 lead.
After a Titan goal, JU extended its lead to two when freshmen Megan Lusby and Amanda Hurley scored from a free position shot and an unassisted score respectively just one minute apart.
Two Detriot-Mercy goals later, the Dolphins would go on a three goal run with scores from freshmen Brie Kitchelt, Jocelyn Jamison and Hurley sending the score to 6-3.
In the first three games of the year, the end of the first half and the start of the second had proven to be the turning point in the wrong direction for the Dolphins. Today, the opposite was the case.
In the ten minutes before the break and the 15 minutes after, JU went on a 9-4 run with a pair of goals from freshman Emily Pepe and tallies from Ellyn Spangenberg, Kitchelt, Campasano, Abigail Warnken and Megan Lusby.
The Dolphins would give up six straight goals to the Titans inside of 15 minutes to cut the score to 14-13.
During the run, sophomore defender Jessica Hotchkiss received a red card. Hotchkiss will be ineligible to compete in JU’s next game against Boston College.
The Dolphins sealed the victory with 1:15 left when Campasano finished on a pass from Lusby.
JU finished the game outdrawing the Titans by an impressive 21-9.
The clearing woes the Dolphins have faced in their first three games all but disappeared as they converted 17 of 20 chances and picked up 28 ground balls.
The only statistic that will leave a bad taste in the mouth of JU is the inability to convert free position shots. The Dolphins went just 3-11 on the day.
JU is back on the field on Tuesday at 4 p.m. when Boston College comes to town.
2009-10 WOMEN'S LACROSSE