SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014
Women’s LAX are Back-to-Back A-Sun Regular Season Champions
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team are the Atlantic Sun regular season champions! For the fourth consecutive year, the Dolphins (12-5, 5-0 A-Sun) have owned the best record in their conference and will enter next weekend’s A-Sun tournament with the No. 1 seed.
Elon and JU walked into Sunday’s Senior Day game with perfect 4-0 league records and a 17-4 victory for the Dolphins allowed them to leave D.B. Milne with their winning record intact.
“I’m speechless,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “This win feels awesome. I’m so proud of these ladies for what they have accomplished. This senior class and the one before it really set the belief that they could get better every year, and I think that belief and the game that they play really makes a difference in being able to win regular season championships.”
“Now we have to focus on preparing for the Atlantic Sun tournament which is kind of like preparing for an entirely new season. Anybody can win the tournament. I think Elon played a great game and they have some great players. I’m so proud of the senior class and overall this was a great team game.”
The Dolphins fired off four shots in the opening minutes of the contest and all of them were saved by the Elon keeper Rachel Ramirez. Senior Kaitlin Stewart’s strike was the first to land in the cage and at the 27:09 mark JU held a slight 1-0 tip.
Defensively, Jacksonville’s suffocating play resulted in five caused turnovers which held the Phoenix without a shot until the midpoint of the frame. Elon’s first attempt traveled high and the second ended in an Asia Moore save.
Brittney Orashen concluded the games scoring drought when she doubled JU’s lead, 2-0, on an unassisted score with 12:20 on the clock and a little over a minute later Jess Worcester tacked on another goal. JU’s offensive spurt continued with a Taylor McCord goal at 10:12, and suddenly trailing by four unanswered goals, Elon was forced to call a timeout.
On a solid hustle play, Orashen won a draw control and booked it 50 yards downfield to rifle off JU’s seventh score (7:39).With less than five minutes remaining until the break, a man-up free-position goal earned Elon its first goal of the game (8-1), but the Dolphins found the back of the net twice more before the horns sounded. At the half, Jacksonville was up, 10-1.
The Phoenix showed new life in the second half as they tallied two early scores but after each conversion the Dolphins would quickly respond on the other end. Taking a minute to regroup, the Phoenix called another timeout with 13:10 remaining and the scoreboard reading: JU 13, Elon 3.
The Dolphins sealed the win with a 4-to-1 scoring advantage in the final 10 minutes.
Eight different Dolphins scored in the victory with Holly Ventimiglia recording a game-high four goals. Orashen finished the affair with a hat trick and both Worcester and Sally Holbert contributed two goals.
On Friday, May 2, JU will face No. 4 Stetson in the first semifinal match of the A-Sun Championship at 1 p.m. Elon is the No. 2 seed heading into the tourney and will meet No. 3 Detroit for a 3:30 semifinal game. Both contests will take place at Southern Oak Stadium and will be broadcast live on A-Sun.TV.