TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011
Women's lacrosse caps non-conference schedule by hosting LIU on Wednesday
Before commencing its seven-game regular season conference schedule, the JU women’s lacrosse team will try and break the .500 barrier when it hosts Long Island University on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.

The Dolphins (4-4) are in the midst of an eight-game stretch without a road contest. JU lost a neutral-site game to Louisville in its previous outing and will face a LIU squad looking to gain momentum after starting the season 0-3.

“It’s important we start league play with positive momentum,” JU head coach Mindy McCord said. “We’ve faced challenging non-conference opponents the entire season and need to get back to fundamentals when we face a talented LIU team.”

Morgan Derner saw her three-game goal-scoring streak end versus the Cardinals. But the freshman attacker still leads JU with 16 goals and 18 points and is just one game removed from a career-best five-goal outing in a win over the Temple Owls.

Derner and sophomore Ellyn Spangenberg will try and capitalize off a Blackbirds defense that has struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard. LIU has been out-scored, 26-7, in the opening half of games and overall has been out-shot, 91-59.

Spangenberg was one of two JU players to score in double figures against a Louisville team receiving votes in the national polls. The midfielder has 10 goals and 3 assists and joins Derner as the Dolphins only two double-digit scorers. Spangenberg is tied with Kaitlin Stewart for the second-most points on the squad with 13.

The matchup against the Blackbirds will be JU’s last tune-up before starting National Lacrosse Conference play. JU and LIU met for the first time in 2010 when the Dolphins registered a 21-10 victory at the Ashley Sports Complex.

For the season, JU has applied strong pressure in forcing 65 turnovers. The Dolphins are plus-9 in caused turnovers this season while the Blackbirds have turned the ball over an average of 17.6 times per game.

The Dolphins have also been careful on its possessions, going 109-for-127 on clear attempts this season. That equates to a .858 percentage which is more than 100 points higher than its opponents’ average (.745).

Fans who cannot make it out to see JU take on LIU can catch the game on ASun.TV.