THURSDAY, MAY 01, 2014
Jacksonville to Meet Stetson in Atlantic Sun Semis
JU Senior Class of 2014 (Photo by Jeff Worcester)
JU Senior Class of 2014 (Photo by Jeff Worcester)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Atlantic Sun Tournament returns to Southern Oak Stadium this weekend and the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team are rolling out the green carpet as hosts. The Dolphins, who won the regular season crown for the second year in a row, earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and will see action against the third seeded Stetson on Friday at 1 p.m. Following the first semifinal contest, No. 2 Elon will face No. 3 Detroit at 3:30 p.m.

Both games will be live streamed on A-Sun.TV with Brian Freshley and Richard Miller on the call.

“We are looking forward to playing Stetson in the semifinal game,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “Survive and advance. We need to continue to build upon our win against Elon and evolve as a team. We hope that our depth provides us a boost against the Hatters.”

Spanning the only two seasons of A-Sun women’s lacrosse, the Dolphins own a perfect 9-0 record and this year outscored conference opposition by a margin of 107-to-21.

NCAA statistical rankings place the Dolphins in the top-five in ground balls (1st – 23.53 per game), scoring (3rd-15.41 goals per game), caused turnovers (5th-10.65 per game), draw controls (5th -15.24 per game) and points (371).

Major lacrosse publication Inside Lacrosse has named Jacksonville and Elon as front runners in the tourney with the Dolphins holding the edge in the championship.

Hannah Christiansen, the writer of the Atlantic Sun Preview, writes: “The Dolphins have posted commanding scores against every conference opponent this season.  Their defense is performing well, as no conference team has managed more than eight goals on the Dolphins, while their attacking unit is by far the best scoring offense in the conference.  Combined with home field advantage for the tournament, Jacksonville will be hard to beat for the A-Sun crown.”

JU’s attackers Taylor McCord and Morgan Derner were also listed as Players to Watch. The duo ties for the team lead in points at 52. Derner has sent in a team-high 37 goals this season while McCord has assisted on a team-high 22 scores.

Led by a half dozen goals off the stick of freshman Ana Baranowski, the Hatters (2-15, 2-3) ended the regular season on a high note with an 18-8 success over Howard. Keeper Cali Guilday’s 10 saves in the contest pushed her nation leading total to 197 and marked the 13th time this season she reached double-digit save totals.

First Team All-Atlantic Sun selection Danielle Horgan directs Stetson’s offense with 19 goals and 12 assists while teammate Christina Loya adds 22 goals and six assists.

The Atlantic Sun championship game is scheduled for Sunday, May 4 at noon and will be broadcasted on CSS.