SATURDAY, MAY 01, 2010
Women’s lacrosse semifinal ends in heartbreak to Davidson, 10-9
In a game where scoring came at a premium, the JU women’s lacrosse team couldn’t find a final goal as the Dolphins dropped a heartbreaking game to Davidson in the semifinals of the NLC Tournament, 10-9.

The Dolphins (7-11, 4-2 NLC) took a one goal lead with under seven minutes to go but several key turnovers led to two goals from the Wildcats (9-8, 5-1).

Freshman goalie Karli Tobin kept the Dolphins in the game with an impressive 18 saves while freshman Sarah Michel led the green and gold with three goals from four shots. Freshman Megan Lusby added two goals of her own and freshman Brie Kitchelt assisted three goals.

The Wildcats saw a five-point performance from Jen Crawford (4,1) with Emily Rahil tallying a hat trick. Goalie Michelle Pav made eight saves on the day.

“I’m so proud of the effort we put forth today and all year,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We’ve grown so much over the year as a team and that showed today. We’re going to try and finish the season out on a high note tomorrow against Detroit.”

The opening 15 minutes of the game was played mostly at the defensive end of JU with Tobin making several great saves during the spell.

Albino opened the Dolphins’ scoring account on a nice feed from Campasano into the middle of the critical scoring zone as the freshman fired a shot past Pav.

After two goals from Davidson, Sarah Michel brought the Dolphins back to within a goal when she cut through the Wildcat defense, streaking for the second score of the game for JU. The freshman cruised through the defense again shortly after for her second of the game as JU went into halftime with a 5-3 deficit.

The Dolphins came out firing in the second half, scoring two quick goals from freshman Amanda Hurley and Megan Lusby. Hurley toed the crease to sneak under the defense before Lusby broke away from the ensuing draw and buried a score.

Freshman Jocelyn Jamison would tie the score at 6-6 on a bounce shot from her free-position chance but Davidson would answer a minute later to retake the lead.

Kitchelt assisted the next two goals for JU to put the Dolphins back in front, finding freshman Cassie Campasano and Lusby. A final goal from Sarah Michel put JU back up by one on a free-position shot but turnovers in the last five minutes cost the Dolphins. Alanna Parker tied the game at 9-9 from a free-position shot and, two minutes later, Jen Crawford would score the game winner.

The Dolphins created several opportunities in the final minute but they couldn’t find the back of the net.

JU lost the groundball war, 22-13, but were able to win three more draws than the Wildcats (12-9). Tobin was difficult to beat on free-position shots, saving seven of Davidson’s 11 attempts.

JU will now play in the consolation match for third place in the NLC Tournament against Detroit-Mercy at 11 a.m. tomorrow.