TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
Women's lacrosse races past Long Island in 21-10 victory
It was a complete team effort for the JU women’s lacrosse team tonight in a 21-10 win against Long Island at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins (3-6, 1-0 NLC) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back as they led for over 57 minutes of the game.

Freshmen Brie Kitchelt (4,2) and Megan Lusby (4,1) led a host of players with impressive nights for JU and both Nicole Albino (3,2) and Amanda Hurley (3,0) recorded hat tricks. Goalie’s Hannah Collins and Karli Tobin split halves and each made three saves with Collins recording her second win of the season.

The Blackbirds (1-4) were led with hat tricks from Claire Ranney and Christie Wienckowski while Jacquel Simonian played all 60 minutes, making ten saves.

“I’m so proud of our team for playing 60 minutes,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We’ve been pushing for a complete effort and this was it. We played great on offense and defense and it’s a great way to get ready for our conference game on Thursday.”

The Dolphins opened the game on a 5-0 run with back-to-back goals from Hurley before Lusby, Kitchelt and Ellyn Spangenberg each added scores of their own. Kitchelt would add her second of the game six minutes later on an unassisted goal.

The remainder of the half saw four more goals from four different Dolphins. Jocelyn Jamison scored an unassisted goal just before assisting Albino on a score of her own. Albino scored again two minutes later before Cassie Campasano scored on a great assist from Emily Pepe to head into the half with a 10-6 lead.

The second half would lead to more of the same from the Dolphins with Kitchelt scoring first, five minutes into the frame. After a Long Island goal, JU rattled off four goals in five minutes with four different scorers.

A five-goal run would put the Blackbirds away for good, spanning from 12:13 to 9:27. Campasano, Hurley and Kitchelt all recorded scores during the run and Lusby scored twice. The final goal of the game was scored by Sarah Michel on an assist from Pepe.

The Dolphins dominated almost every statistic in the game including big wins in ground balls (35-18) and draw controls (22-11).

JU is back in action on Thursday night in a conference showdown against Liberty at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville at 7 p.m.