FRIDAY, MARCH 08, 2013
Dolphins Win Fourth Straight With 20-14 Triumph Over William & Mary
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University senior Amanda Hurley has regained her shot and transfer Taylor McCord is now feeling comfortable with her teammates and Friday William & Mary learned what damage that pair can do as the Dolphins cruised to a 20-14 women’s lacrosse win at D. B. Milne Field.
Hurley, from Columbus, Ga., had five goals and McCord, from Jacksonville, had four goals, three assists and three ground balls in leading JU to its fifth win of the season.
McCord, who transferred from Florida this season and has her parents, Paul and Mindy McCord as coaches, is getting more comfortable by the game.
“It was really a hard transition but the team is really family oriented and that has made it easier. They are so accepting,’’ she said. “It wasn’t hard to find my place within the team.’’
McCord and Hurley teamed up twice for goals for the Dolphins.
For Hurley, who possesses one of the hardest shots in all of Division I women’s lacrosse, the five goals gave her 15 for the season. She scored 21 all of last year and said a little maturity has gone a long way in her final season.
“I think it’s being more a mature player and paying more attention to my defender,’’ she said. “Getting that extra step, working with speed, coach Paul (McCord) has helped us get an extra step on our defenders and I’ve got to give it up to our low attackers feeding to us. They give us those nice passes that we need; our feeding and cutting has stepped up this year.’’
McCord said she and Hurley have found chemistry.
“She’s just unstoppable and two lefties on the field is hard to beat especially when you have the chemistry we have,’’ McCord said. “I read her easily, we make the eye contact and I know what to expect when I catch the ball and I know I am going to look for her back-dooring.’’
The Dolphins jumped to a 3-0 lead on goals from a trio of junior attackers, Brittney Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.), Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.) and Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) and rode that to an 11-7 halftime lead.
A strong offensive showing leading to eight consecutive goals to start the second half, four by Hurley, virtually salted the game away as the Tribe (2-4) had only two offensive possessions in the first 20 minutes of the second half and JU built a 19-8 lead.
The final nine minutes offered a few anxious moments for JU as William & Mary scored seven of the game’s last eight goals.
That finish wasn’t lost on Mindy McCord.
“We were doing the job getting the ball and taking care of it on our attacking end (to start the second half),’’ she said. “In the very end when we were trying to get some people some experience and we’ve got to do a better job with team defense with our younger players. They’re on this team, we recruited them and they need to show that.’’
Derner ended the game with three goals and three caused turnovers, Hoffman had three assists, Kaylee Quint (Lake Mary, Fla.) picked up three ground balls and junior midfielder Chelsea Watts (West Long Branch, N.J.) had three caused turnovers and four draw controls for JU. Orashen led the team with six draw controls and freshman Kelsey Wiglesworth (Towson, Md.) had five.
The Dolphins take on sixth-ranked Duke Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on campus. Catch the game on A-Sun TV.