FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
JU women’s lacrosse douses the Flames, 24-8
The JU women’s lacrosse team used a complete team effort to advance to the NLC semifinals by defeating Liberty, 24-8, in Farmville, Va.

The Dolphins (7-10, 4-2 NLC) closed out the first half on a 10-goal run after a competitive start. The second half saw JU outscore the Flames (1-12, 1-5), 9-4, as the Dolphins outshot their opponents, 35-20.

Ellyn Spangenberg led the Dolphins today with four goals from four shots while Amanda Hurley and Cassie Campasano both added hat tricks to the winning effort. Goalie Karli Tobin was impressive between the pipes, making 11 saves to pick up the win.

The Flames were led by three players each tallying two goals while goalie Rebeka Luetters made 10 saves, allowing 24 goals.

“This was the kind of game we needed,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “It was very close early and I think it did a good job of waking us up. I’m really proud of the way we finished and we’re going to get ready for Davidson tomorrow.”

The Dolphins opened the game with two quick scores from Brie Kitchelt and Spangenberg. Kitchelt called her own number on an isolation play from the goal line extended before Spangenberg cut through the defense for her first of the game. Two more goals would follow from Spangenberg and Sarah Michel to bring JU to a 4-0 lead.

Liberty would score four of the next five goals but the Dolphins put a stop to that with a 10-goal run to close out the half starting with Spangenberg slotting home her third goal of the game.

Three Dolphins would score within two minutes of each other, starting with Campasano taking an assist from Carly Van Zanten. Megan Lusby would add two assists after Campasano’s goal, feeding Hurley and Carly Garrison for the quick scores. Rachael Krell was next on the board, scoring her first of two goals with a nice cut through the defense for an unassisted score.

Sarah Michel and Spangenberg kept the run going, scoring inside nine minutes. The run was capped off with unassisted scores by Jocelyn Jamison and Nicole Albino.

After conceding the first goal of the second half, Campasano answered with a nice individual effort. Hurley and Emily Pepe would then score within 62 seconds of each other to push the lead to 18-6.

Lusby picked up her only goal of the game at 10:18 while the Dolphins finished the game on a 4-0 run with goals two goals from Katelyn Thompson and scores from Hurley and Alicia Esteban.

The Dolphins found production from 16 players today, including 15 points coming from non-starters. JU dominated the ground with 23 groundballs, 11 more than the Flames

The Dolphins will now face Davidson in the semifinals tomorrow at 4 p.m. Earlier this season, JU fell to the Wildcats, 17-12.