FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2011
Women’s lacrosse remains unbeaten in conference play with win over Detroit
A change in venue didn’t deter the JU women’s lacrosse team from continuing its hot streak. The Dolphins raced to a 10-goal lead in the first half and never looked back, posting a 22-3 road victory over Detroit at Titan Field on Friday afternoon in a National Lacrosse Conference game.

Freshman attacker Jen Cosgrove scored four goals and added two assists, helping JU extend its winning streak to six. The Dolphins (10-4, 5-0) remained in sole possession of first place in the NLC with two regular season games remaining. Detroit fell to 1-9 and 0-5.

Kayleigh Hynes, Nikki Erdely and Sarah Michel joined Cosgrove to give JU a quartet of four-goal scorers. Eight Dolphins scored at least one goal.

“It’s exciting to see all the positive things we’ve done all season translate to a complete effort on the road,” JU head coach Mindy McCord said. “Our goal is to finish strong in the final two regular season games so we are at our best for the NLC Tournament.”

The Dolphins won the first four conference games at home. By beating the Titans in the Motor City, JU recorded its first road victory of the season and the second win away from Jacksonville after defeating Fresno State in a neutral-site contest on Feb. 26.

In five NLC games, the Dolphins have out-scored opponents, 93-36. JU has cracked the 20-goal mark three times this season.

Despite playing without leading scorer Morgan Derner (illness), the Dolphins doubled Detroit in shots, 40-20, and raced to a 10-0 lead in holding Detroit scoreless through the opening 24:15.

Cosgrove registered her second four-goal game of the season, needing just six shots against the Titans to reach that mark as a substitute. Cosgrove also scored four goals versus Cincinnati in the season opener on Feb. 13.

Hynes doubled her previous season-high, scoring twice in each half. The junior attacker now has 13 goals and is one of 11 JU players to have double-digit goal totals in the current campaign.

Midfielder Ellyn Spangenberg scored two goals, allowing the sophomore to reach the 20-goal milestone for the first time. Spangenberg scored 18 during her freshman season.

Sophomore goalie Karli Tobin capitalized on the goal support and made 14 saves. Tobin’s effort allowed JU to hold an opponent to fewer than five goals for the third time.

The Dolphins will have a quick turnaround and will fly back to the Washington, D.C. area to face Howard on Saturday. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl