FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010
Women’s lacrosse season ends with consolation win over Detroit-Mercy, 17-13
The JU women’s lacrosse team ended its season with a victory in the consolation game of the NLC Tournament in Farmville, Va. today over Detroit-Mercy, 17-13. Goalie Karli Tobin and attacker Sarah Michel each picked up NLC all-tournament honors after strong performances over the weekend.

The Dolphins (8-11, 4-2 NLC) pulled away in the second half against a Titan (7-12, 3-3) team that was playing without any bench players.

JU was led with three hat tricks from freshmen Brie Kitchelt, Ellyn Spangenberg and Cassie Campasano. Michel scored twice on the day, as did freshman Megan Lusby. Tobin made seven saves, including several point blank stops.

The Titans’ effort was supported by seven goals from Emily Boissonneault and hat tricks from both Anna Eidem and Corina Mahorn. Goalie Marybeth Flanagan made 13 saves in the loss.

“This wasn’t exactly the game that we wanted to be playing in today but I’m proud of our focus,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “It’s been an unbelievable year and we’ve come so far both individually and as a team.”

The Dolphins got on the board first after several early offensive opportunities as Kitchelt found herself on the receiving end of an assist from Jocelyn Jamison and buried her shot.

After JU received back-to-back yellow cards and conceded a Titan goal, freshman Carly Garrison called her own number and streaked to the net, finishing cleanly. Freshman Megan Lusby was next to score for JU on a free-position shot that was originally called back due to early movement. The retry produced the same result and the Dolphins tied the game up at 3-3.

After a three-goal run from Detroit, the Dolphins answered with one of their own, scoring four of the next five goals, starting with a breakaway score from Kitchelt. Spangenberg followed right after with her first goal of the game, weaving through the defense for clean finish. Kitchelt assisted the next score, finding Lusby in traffic to tie the game.

After another Detroit-Mercy goal, Campasano retied the game as she broke from the goal line extended on a foul and flashed across the goal mouth for a score.

JU opened up the second half by scoring six of the first seven goals. Jamison scored on a free-position shot while Michel took two unassisted takes. Campasano followed with a nice run past several defenders, beating Flanagan on the right side.

Rachael Krell took a page out of Campasano’s book just a minute later and cut through the defense for her only goal of the game while Kitchelt crept behind the crease and scored from a tight angle.

JU continued its scoring run with another nice individual effort from Campasano. Spangenberg added the next two goals of the game for the Dolphins on a free-position shot and a cut through the defense as the Dolphins continued to dominate the second half.

A small run for Detroit brought the Titans back to within four goals late in the game but freshman Amanda Hurley ended the push with her first of the game and the last of the contest for the Dolphins.

JU finishes the season with third-place finishes in both the regular season and tournament of the NLC.