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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It has been way too long since fans have seen the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team play at home. Coming off of a five-game road swing that encountered just one defeat, the Dolphins return to D.B. Milne this Friday, April 25, with one goal in mind- to wrap the regular season in the No. 1 spot.
“This weekend we continue to work towards one of our goals of becoming regular season conference champions,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “We are excited to be hosting both conference opponents and every game we continue to focus on building from our previous games. It's not what we do, it's constantly refining how we do it. We want to play our best at the end of the season.”
Howard leaves the White House behind to travel to the First Coast for a 4:00 p.m. first draw. In five meetings with the Bison, the Dolphins have never dropped a decision.
JU’S LAST OUTING: BUILT TO LAST
Winners know how to remain composed when the ground around them starts to shake and that’s exactly what the women’s lacrosse program did last Wednesday. With Vanderbilt one goal away from tying the contest, the Dolphins locked in and played stellar defense to collect the 11-10 win.
Morgan Derner directed JU’s offense on a hat-trick and an assist while Danielle Della Rocca, Jess Worcester, and Ali Hoffman all posted two goals. Keeper Asia Moore played the entire sixty minutes in goal and recorded nine saves.
BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEKS NODS FOR DERNER
Backed by a scoring spree that has vaulted her to the top of the league scoring list, Derner was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week. The attacker from Lake Mary, Fla. now sits second in conference standings in goals (34) and goals per game (2.43).
Senior Cynithia Smalls guides Howard (1-12, 0-3 A-Sun) with 29 goals, seven assists and 58 draw controls and junior Jaymie Cox is second on the team with 24 goals, six assists and 40 draws. In comparison with other league scorers, Smalls ranks sixth with an average of 2.0 goals per game while Cox is eighth with 1.75.
On Sunday, April 27, Dolphin fans will have an opportunity to say good-bye to Kaitlyn Stewart, Kelly Baisey, Kaylee Quint, Morgan Derner, Chelsea Watts, Rachel Forman, Britt Orashen, Ali Hoffman and Ali Brennan. Jacksonville’s Senior Day opponent will be Elon and the game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.