WEDNESDAY, MAY 09, 2012
Plenty to remember as season wraps
The JU women’s lacrosse team is putting the final touches on its championship season with a series of players-coaches meetings and from team records to personal accomplishments, there’s probably plenty to talk about.

On the team side, the Dolphins, who finished 15-4 overall and, of course, won the National Lacrosse Conference title, set the all-time NCAA Division I scoring record at 18.16 goals per game. Other national rankings followed.

JU was first in the country in draw controls per game; second in scoring margin, eighth in caused turnovers, 13th in scoring differential and 14th in ground balls per game.

The top-ranking in draw controls was in large part to junior Rachel Hannon who set the all-time NCAA record with 131 draw controls during the season. She also led the country in draw controls per game at 6.89.

Hannon was NLC co-Player of the Year, Defender of the Year and first team All-Conference.

She was joined on the first team by senior Jess Hotchkiss, sophomore Brittney Orashen and sophomore Ali Hoffman, the team’s leading scorer.

Hoffman had 39 goals and 27 assists which placed her 35th in the nation in the latter category. Her 66 points are second in a season all-time in team history.

Freshman Holly Ventimiglia, from Medford, N.Y., was named the league’s Top Newcomer and two Dolphins found themselves on the NLC second team All-Conference as Kaitlin Stewart and Morgan Derner were honored.

Derner, despite missing several early games with an injury, wound up 14th in the NCAA in goals per game with 3.20 and ended the season with a 14-game scoring streak, the longest in school history.

Four JU players made the NLC All-Tournament team and one, goal keeper Karli Tobin, was named Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Orashen had 10 goals, three assists and eight draw controls in the tournament while Hannon had 18 draws, a goal and two assists.

Sophomore Morgan Basler, a defender this season, found herself playing midfield in the tournament and responded with big numbers. On the offensive side, she had five goals and three assists and also had three ground balls and a caused turnover.

Tobin, a junior, had 16 saves while giving up only 12 goals in the three games and came up big in the 19-6 final win over High Point. She also put herself on the national stage as she was tied for 17th in save percentage and was 33rd in saves.

The Dolphins also placed 11 players on the NLC All-Academic team.

Derner, Hoffman, Hotchkiss, Tobin and Stewart led the way and were joined by Basler, Nikki Erdely, Kaylee Quint, Angela Sperbeck, Carly Garrison and Ellyn Spangenberg.