SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011
Women’s lacrosse battles U.S. U-19 team in tight scrimmage loss
Just two weeks before the JU women’s lacrosse team kicks off the regular season, the Dolphins faced a strong test by taking a lead against the U.S. U-19 women’s national team before falling, 12-10, in a scrimmage on Saturday night.

JU gained a first-half advantage against the three-time defending Federation of International Lacrosse Women's U-19 World Champions. Head coach Mindy McCord utilized a youthful lineup, starting eight freshmen in front of almost 1,000 fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

“Our team fought very hard and was relentless,” McCord said. “It was a tremendous experience and will serve as a confidence-builder for our team.”

Led by sophomore goalkeeper Karli Tobin, the Dolphins kept the U.S. squad off the scoreboard for the first 10 minutes. Following a penalty, JU went down 2-0 before storming back and taking a 4-3 lead with 9:12 left in the opening half.

The U.S. team, comprised of some of the best high school lacrosse players in the country, came back to record the win. But McCord said she was pleased with the effort of a Dolphins team that has 18 new players and 16 freshmen.

“Despite our freshman only having the fall season under their belt and little game experience, they played with tons of poise and confidence,” McCord said. “We still have a lot to work on, but our staff is happy where the team is now. They gave nothing away to Team USA.”

JU took part in the US Lacrosse-sponsored Champion Challenge. The competition also included Rollins College, defending national-champion Maryland and a Virginia team that ended last season ranked sixth in the country.

The Dolphins will start the regular season at home against Cincinnati on Feb. 13. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.

- By Brian Bohl