FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
JU off on first extended trip of the season
The JU women’s lacrosse team embarks on its first extended, and perhaps most important, road trip of the season when it heads to North Carolina this weekend.

The Dolphins get into the heart of their National Lacrosse Conference schedule with games Friday at High Point and Sunday at Davidson.

“We love the travel experience,’’ JU coach Mindy McCord said. “It’s great team bonding and it’s fun to be able to go away and play for a weekend and enjoy that experience.’’

JU began its season with a road game at Florida and has played eight consecutive home games since.

The first stop will be in High Point (6-2, 0-0) which dealt JU its only NLC loss of last season. It was a dramatic 13-12 overtime game in the conference championship tournament game after JU had won the regular season.

“We learned a lot from that game,’’ McCord said. “We learned we need to focus on playing our game and not worrying about things you can’t control. When the opportunity mattered to finish with a shot on goal we did. That’s all you can ask for, an opportunity to have the ball in the last few minutes. We had the opportunity and felt like we executed to the best of our ability.’’

The Dolphins (7-2, 1-0) who have been scoring at a 16.78 goals per game rate, will look to their trio of sophomore scorers to continue.

Morgan Derner has tied for the team lead in goals scored with 19 in just her last four games. She has played in five coming back from knee surgery but was shut out in her first game back.

Classmate Jen Cosgrove has 19 and Ali Hoffman, who is making a serious pitch for player of the year honors, has 18 with 11 assists, 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Defensively, senior Jess Hotchkiss continues to lead the way with 18 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers. Morgan Basler has 16 ground balls and nine caused turnovers while draw control specialist Rachel Hannon has 45 ground balls.

Goal keeper Karli Tobin kept Fresno State scoreless for 45 minutes in Tuesday’s 21-2 win over the Bulldogs.

“It’s a different year and we always look forward to playing great competition,’’ McCord said. “We enjoy having competitive games in our conference.’’

The High Point game will have both live stats and video streaming available. Game time is 7 p.m.

Following the High Point game, JU travels to Davidson to take on the Wildcats (4-6, 1-1) Sunday at 1 p.m. and the turnaround is of concern.

“I think it’s tough playing games back to back,’’ McCord said. “We had a lot of games during spring break to prepare us for that I think our team I s able to emotionally and physically handle that.’’

The Davidson game will be shown on video stream and will have live stats available.