Jacksonville Opens 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Season With 21-8 Loss To No. 1 Syracuse
Ellyn Spangenberg was one of eight JU players to score in the game
Ellyn Spangenberg was one of eight JU players to score in the game
Dolphins out scored the top ranked Orange 7-5 during a 30 minute stretch in the middle of the game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 2013 NCAA women’s lacrosse season has officially begun.  Jacksonville gave preseason No. 1 Syracuse a challenge before falling 21-8 in the earliest played regular season game in NCAA history.  

Eight different players scored for the Dolphins (0-1) which held a 7-5 advantage over the Orange (1-0) for a 30 minute stretch during the middle of the game.  Junior Brit Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) started things off for JU scoring the first goal by anyone in the nation this season.  The score came just two minutes into the historic contest and staked the Dolphins to a 1-0 advantage.  

Syracuse quickly responded and showcased the talent that earned them a national runner-up finish last spring.  The Orange would rattle off eight unanswered goals over the next 10 minutes before the Dolphins finally slowed the attack.  

JU, which led the NCAA with 18.16 goals per game last year, would get back on the board by the way of a goal from senior Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) with just over 10 minutes to play before half.  Hurley’s goal helped rally the Dolphins as they held a 4-3 advantage the remainder of the period before going into the break down 11-5.  

Junior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) helped the momentum continue for JU in the second half.  The Dolphin’s leading scorer from a year ago score on a free position shot four minutes into the period.  After two more goals from the Orange, JU once again pulled to within five following back-to-back goals from senior Ellyn Spangenberg (Chuoulota, Fla.) and junior Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.).

Hoffman’s score sent the lively crowd at the Ashley Sports Complex into a frenzy as the Dolphin faithful sensed their team proving it belonged with the upper-echelon of women’s lacrosse.

Syracuse ended the JU threat however, ripping off another eight unanswered goals to close out the game.  

Kayla Treanor led the Orange with five goals.  

Jacksonville returns to action on Wednesday, January 23 in an exhibition against Team England.

- Jacksonville held a 15-8 advantage in ground balls in the second half and a 24-20 edge for the game