THURSDAY, MAY 03, 2012
JU looking for NLC role reversal
The JU women’s lacrosse team probably wouldn’t mind a little role reversal if it brought them a National Lacrosse Conference title this weekend.

The Dolphins (12-4, 6-1) head to Davidson College in North Carolina as the tournament’s second seed based on regular season standings while High Point, which was unbeaten in the league this year, is the top seed.

Last year, the Dolphins were undefeated in regular-season league play, High Point was the second seed and the Panthers won the title game, 13-12 in overtime.

"This year we are not the team to beat but we will try our best to make a strong run at the tournament title,’’ JU coach Mindy McCord said. "We enjoy the tournament environment and are looking forward to this year's event. The conference gap has narrowed between the top team and the bottom. We have seen some much stronger opponents in conference this season and the league as a whole is much better than last year."

JU’s only league loss this year was at High Point, 18-12, on March 30.

The Dolphins’ first-round opponent will be Presbyterian College (2-15, 1-6) whom JU beat in its final regular season game Saturday, 22-6. They play Friday at 4:30 p.m. as one of four opening-day games.

JU brings with it the nation’s highest scoring offense (17.5 points per game) and one of the youngest teams with only four seniors playing for the third-year program.

A trio of sophomores, Ali Hoffman, Morgan Derner and Jen Cosgrove, lead the scoring parade and the defense is led by a pair of juniors and the team’s first graduating senior.

Hoffman (Gambrils, Md.) leads the team in scoring with 55 points (32 goals, 23 assists) and Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) is tops in goals scored with 37. Cosgrove (Stevensville, Md.) has 28 goals and six assists).

Junior Rachel Hannon (Annapolis, Md.) is an All-American candidate and the nation’s number two draw control specialist.

Hannon has 104 draw controls this season, a team record, and had a team record 13 agaisnt Presbyterian last week.

Senior Jess Hotchkiss, who tis weekend becomes the first JU player in history to graduate from the program, has a team-high 31 ground balls and junior goalkeeper Karli Tobin is tops in the NLC and 27th in the nation.

The winner of Friday’s game will meet the winner of the Detroit-Liberty contest Saturday at 2 p.m. The championship is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fans can follow all tournament games via video or live stats at the accompanying links.

Tournament Schedule Friday, May 4

No. 1 High Point vs. No. 8 Howard – 11:30 a.m.

No. 4 Davidson vs. No. 5 Longwood – 2 p.m.

No. 2 Jacksonville vs. No. 7 Presbyterian – 4:30 p.m.

No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Liberty – 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 5

Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser – 9 a.m.

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 11:30 a.m.

Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner – 2 p.m.

Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser – 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 6

Championship Game (winner game 6 vs. winner game 7) 1 p.m.