Women’s lacrosse falls to nationally ranked Florida
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Ellyn Spangenberg and Chelsea Watts each scored two goals for JU, but it wasn’t enough as the Dolphins fell, 18-9, to No. 17 Florida on Wednesday evening at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Florida’s Kitty Cullen scored four goals on six shots and Caroline Chesterman added a hat trick off the bench to improve the Gators to 1-1. Watts, a freshman, netted the first two goals of her collegiate career but the Dolphins still dropped to 1-1.

JU went down early before storming back to tie the contest at 1 just 2:12 in. But the Gators surged to an 11-0 run en route to building a 13-3 halftime lead. Cullen scored all four of her goals in the opening half to lift Florida to the early edge.

Spangenberg provided an early bright spot for the Dolphins, scoring two of its three first half goals. That marked the second straight two-goal game for the sophomore middie following her performance in JU’s season-opening win over Cincinnati.

Watts registered her first career goal at the 4:17 mark of the first half, tallying an unassisted marker to cut Florida’s lead to 10 goals before the break. The first-year middie then recorded her first multi-goal game when she added a free position strike at 13:38 of the second half.

But Florida utilized a mixture of a quick scoring strikes and patient offensive set-ups to run-down the clock in the second half. Caroline Cochran scored three goals as six Gators finished with multiple goals. Janine Hillier, Colby Rhea and Brittany Dashiell each chipped in two goals for Florida.

JU out-scored Florida, 6-5, in the second half in trying to mount a comeback. The Dolphins scored six free position goals on 13 opportunities. Nicole Albino, Melissa Jaworski, Amanda Hurley and Nikki Erdely also scored for the Dolphins.

After a one-day respite, JU will be back in action to close out a three-game homestand when it faces Denver on Friday at 4 p.m. The game will be played at D.B. Milne Field.

- By Brian Bohl