ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Jacksonville University took Navy to task and had three golden opportunities in overtime to put away the #12 ranked Mids, but the three looks were not to be and Navy bested the Dolphins 13-12 in double overtime. The Navy win overshadowed the effort by JU who ran out to a 11-7 with 26:14 remaining to play on senior Amanda Hurley’s 35th goal of the season. Hurley earned a hat trick for the day, one of three Dolphins to score hat tricks along with Kaitlin Stewart (3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points) and Brit Orashen (3 goals, 1 assit, 4 points). Seven Dolphins scored on the day overall.
The game saw eight lead changes throughout the 69:36 of game play giving the fans all they could hope to see.
JU controlled the ball at the end of regulation but saw a shot miss high and was unable to score as time expired.
The first overtime opportunity saw Hurley ring pipe on a beautiful dodge.
At the end of first overtime, Ali Hoffman took control of a loose ball and rolled the crease, barely missing the corner of the net and sailing the shot just over the cross bar. JU controlled nearly the entire overtime period.
During the second overtime, after JU had again controlled the possession, when Hoffman looked for a wide open Ellyn Spangenberg on a backside cut. JU had out rotated the Navy defense leaving the senior as an open cutter, but the pass went high.
“I was glad that we were aggressive all game. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium is a great place to play and I think we had our moments out there,” said head coach Mindy McCord. “We had the lead and Navy made a nice comeback. At 11-7 we had some great looks at the cage and did not finish those shots. That was really the key to the game. Navy did a good job when they finally got the ball in overtime of making it count and we move on from there.”
When asked about the keys to the game, coach McCord believes that her team played well enough to win, but just fell short.
“We had a great plan. Paul (Paul McCord) and G (Sarah Gallion) really had the team going and we had them on their heels. They have won 15 games this year and give them credit for finding a way to win. A great game like this, you hate to see either team lose the game to be honest. Our goal keepers (Karli Tobin and Asia Moore) played outstanding at times as did our defense and our attack, except for a ten minute stretch, play outstanding lacrosse. We can take away a lot from the loss, but it hurts.”
JU opened the scoring with a brilliant dodge from the top just a minute and a half into the game. The JU offense clicked for nine goals in the opening stanza with Orashen scoring all three of her goals. Overall the JU attackers had a hot scoring touch in the first half connecting on 9 of 13 shots overall.
Navy came out and outshot the Dolphins 18-6. Three of the six shots went in for the Dolphins while one rang pipe and two hit the Navy goalkeeper.
“Our shooting was very good for the game. I wish we could have just had one more go into the net.”
JU played aggressive throughout the field, with junior Chelsea Watts causing two turnovers and collecting six draws and two ground balls.
“Chelsea was our honey badger today. She was amazing and she has been playing with tons of heart all season as a defensive midfielder.”
JU was aggressive on the day, signaled for 34 fouls to Navy’s 25.
“I think we matched their physicality. In no way do I think we were fouling more than they were. I thought it was pretty even in that respect. I am eager to review the game film and take a closer look at our play. If we were too aggressive we will reign it in. If we were defending our turf with respect for the game, that’s just a part of how the game is played.”
The #12 ranked Mids were led by crease specialist Jasmin DePompeo who led Navy with six points (4 goals and 2 assists) including the game winner in overtime. Only fifteen players saw action for the Mids vs 21 for the Dolphins.
“We had some good things going with our personnel, but in the end, the 15 Navy players made the shot that determined the victory. Hats off to them today. We will be coming back on Sunday against Howard and our conference tournament. We have much to improve upon and this team has a lot more left in them.”
Sunday’s game is slated for noon at Howard University.
Saturday in Bowie, Maryland the team will be co-hosting a local lacrosse tournament with over 100 youngsters signed up to participate. The event held off Mitchelville Road, will be between 11:30-2pm and every JU player and coach will participate.
“Growing the game means giving back. This $10 clinic is an example of that. We want to make sure that we give back every time we travel.”