SUNDAY, APRIL 06, 2014
WLAX Back in the Winner's Circle
DETROIT, Mich. – In a Sunday matinée, the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team scored early and often to put away league-opponent Detroit by a score of 18-5.
“Our bench gave us a spark, scoring 10 goals on 14 shots,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “They were also seven of 11 on the draw, five-of-10 on caused turnovers and only committed four fouls! I am so happy for our bench to lead the team today. They have great chemistry and played unselfishly.”
The Titans didn’t have a defensive answer for JU newcomers Danielle Della Rocca and Ali Brennan. In their best game of the season thus far, they each recorded four goals to direct the Dolphins. Brennan also contributed a team-high four draw controls.
In the net, keeper Asia Moore made seven saves while giving up three scores and Mariah Cudlipp relieved her late in the second half to post two saves.
Nearly five minutes into the game, Jacksonville owned a quick 2-0 lead, and jumped out to a 5-1 advantage around the midpoint of the frame. A man-up opportunity provided the Titans with their first goal of the game, 2-1, at 20:05, but the attempt to pull even was short lived as Taylor McCord connected with Brenan for a score almost a minute later.
With the teams combining for five scores, the final four minutes bagged a lot of action. Della Rocca ignited a 3-0 Jacksonville run with 3:44 remaining until the Titan’s Kaitlyn Pritchard ended the stretch on a tag-team effort with Tessa Kueler (1:47). The Dolphins however, would get the final “word” of the half when Rachel Aus knocked in a free-position goal (:15) to send the Green and Gold into intermission with a 12-3 cushion.
The second half was all in favor of the Fins. Brennan laced her final goal of the game 14 seconds into the frame and the Dolphins etched five more goals, 17-4, before the Titans could get on the board. Pritchard again ended Detroit’s scoreless stretch with an unassisted score at 5:05. Closing the game on a pair of traded goals, Holly Ventimiglia ended the affair on a free-position goal with seven seconds on the clock.
On the weekend, Moore recorded a total of 19 saves. Coach McCord had this to say of the junior:
“Asia finished with a great road trip. She keeps improving each time out and we hope her success continues into playoffs.”
The win improves Jacksonville to 8-5 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic Sun while DU falls to 1-10 and 0-2, respectively. In eight meetings between the two, the Dolphins have never loss.
“Our improvement from this road trip has to come from teamwork. We have to work better as units on attack, defense and transition. Not individual play. No thinking about playing time. Just focus on making their teammates look good. That's what makes teamwork possible.”
Jacksonville closes out its road travels this weekend with a visit to Stetson on April 12 and Vanderbilt on April 16.