Mindy McCord earns NLC “Co-Coach of the Year” honors
JU women’s lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord received National Lacrosse Conference “Co-Coach of the Year” honors on Wednesday while sophomore defender Jessica Hotchkiss was named to both the first team all-conference and all-academic lists. Freshman attacker Cassie Campasano, midfielder Alyssa Hardesty and goalie Karli Tobin all received second team all-conference nods.

The Dolphins are starting their quest for a conference championship in their inaugural season, seeded third in the seven-team tournament. Liberty will be up first for JU on Friday at 1 p.m.

“I’m so happy for our team to get some recognition in the eyes of the coaches,” said McCord. “I’m also honored to receive this award and we can’t wait to get on the field tomorrow.”

McCord guided her inaugural team to a 6-10 record while achieving a 4-2 mark in conference play. She recorded the program’s first win against Detroit-Mercy in February and took the Dolphins on a three-game winning streak over Long Island, Liberty and Howard. Longwood head coach Missy Ackerman joins McCord as “Co-Coach of the Year.”

Hotchkiss has captained the JU defense all year, is leading the team in ground balls, 38, and is second in caused turnovers (11). The freshman tallied two goals during the regular season and added four assists. Hotchkiss was one of 19 players selected to the all-academic team, a list that requires a minimum 3.40 GPA.

JU’s top goal scorer, Campasano, and midfielder Hardesty each grabbed second team nods thanks to their offensive production. Campasano finished the year with 31 goals and eight assists while Hatdesty picked up 35 ground balls and 32 draw controls. Tobin posted a .400 save percentage while making 120 saves on the year between the pipes.