FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011
Strong second half lifts women's lacrosse to win over High Point in NLC opener
The JU women’s lacrosse team used a post-halftime surge to pull away from High Point, tallying 11 goals after the break to lift the Dolphins to a 17-10 win over the Panthers in a National Lacrosse Conference matchup on Friday at D.B. Milne Field.

Ellyn Spangenberg scored all four of her goals in the second half and freshman attacker Morgan Derner also netted a four-goal game as JU won its second straight to improve to 6-4 and 1-0 in conference play.

High Point entered with a five-game winning streak and a share of first place in the NLC. But JU turned a one-goal advantage at the half into a secure lead by surging to a 9-1 run through the opening 13:44 of the second. JU sophomore goalie Karli Tobin posted 10 saves overall as the Panthers fell to 6-4 and 1-1.

The schools exchanged goals through the first 20 minutes, batting to a 3-3 tie before JU scored the next three goals to take a 6-3 edge. High Point responded with two goals in the final three minutes before the break, capped by Grace Gaeng’s free-position-strike as time expired to put the Panthers within 6-5.

After trading goals through the opening minutes of the break, JU scored eight straight goals to take a commanding 15-6 edge. The Dolphins also kept High Point off the scoreboard for nearly 10 minutes during its run.

Spangenberg started the game-clinching onslaught, registering back-to-back goals in a 2:28 span. Chelsea Watts, Nicole Albino, Derner and Ali Hoffman also found the net during the run. In all, the Dolphins scored 11 times on 17 shots in the final 30 minutes.

Hoffman scored twice and Nikki Erdely also added a goal, giving both players 10 on the season. JU now has five players—Hoffman, Erdely, Derner, Spangenberg and Amanda Hurley— with double digit goals during the current campaign.

Spangenberg needed just five shots to score four goals, tying a career high she previously set against Liberty last season. The midfielder’s previous season high was a hat trick at Fresno State on Feb. 26.

Derner has seven multi-goal games and 23 goals in her past six games. The first-year striker has 27 goals through her first 10 collegiate games, giving her 13 more than the next closest teammate.

The Dolphins also saw a strong defensive effort to quiet a High Point offense that was averaging 14.20 goals per game. Junior Jessica Hotchkiss caused three turnovers and collected two ground balls and Watts also added four draw controls and three caused-turnovers.

Gaeng, who entered with a High Point-leading 22 goals, scored four times for the Panthers. But the rest of her teammates netted just six goals as JU caused nine of High Point’s 20 total turnovers.

JU will look to go 2-0 in the conference when it hosts Davidson on Sunday with a noon contest at D.B. Milne Field.

- By Brian Bohl