Women's lacrosse wins NLC thriller over Presbyterian, 20-19
The JU women’s lacrosse team ended the regular season in dramatic fashion as the Dolphins scored a game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining at Presbyterian for a 20-19 win.

The Dolphins (6-10, 4-2 NLC) didn’t let a late Blue Hose (2-4, 3-12) run affect them as they scored twice in the final minute top pick up the victory.

Freshmen Jocelyn Jamison and Amanda Hurley each scored five goals for the Dolphins while Ellyn Spangenberg added two goals and two assists as 12 players recorded at least a point. Goalie Kali Tobin played nearly 42 minutes, making 10 saves while allowing 15 goals.

The Blue Hose were led with two five-goal scorers in Jordan Newberry and Shannon Hartford. Goalie Erin McBurnette made 22 saves in the loss while conceding 20 goals.

“I’m so proud of our team for not giving up,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We lost a lot of momentum towards the end of the game but we managed to pull through for this great win. This was a great way to finish the regular season and to get ready for the tournament next week.”

The Dolphins opened up the first half scoring the game’s first three goals. Jamison took a pass from Hurley and slid it into the back of the net before Hurley added her first goal of the game. Freshman Emily Pepe scored next for JU on an unassisted take.

After the Blue Hose scored the next three goals, freshman Brie Kitchelt and Jamison put the Dolphins back on top. Cassie Campasano and Carly Garrison would score two of the next three goals in the contest, putting JU up, 7-4.

Rachel Krell scored the last goal of the half on an assist from Nicole Albino to give the Dolphins a one goal lead heading into halftime.

JU would score four of the first five goals in the second half, starting with an unassisted effort from Jamison. Hurley tallied twice before Spangenberg added her first of the game.

A three-goal run from Presbyterian was answered by another three-goal run from JU. Jamison took an assist from Megan Lusby while Spangenberg and Abigail Warnken each added a goal.

Inside 10 minutes, sophomore Jessica Hotchkiss gave the Dolphins a 16-12 lead with her goal while Albino and Hurley traded goals with the Blue Hose.

After a four-goal spurt from Presbyterian inside the final five minutes the Dolphins found themselves tied at 18-18 with 1:24 remaining. Jamison put JU ahead with 32 seconds to go on an unassisted goal and after a quick Blue Hose answer, Hurley clinched the game on a free-position shot with 15 seconds left.

The Dolphins will face Liberty in the first round of the NLC Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. in Farmville, Va. Earlier this year, JU topped the Flames, 19-2