SUNDAY, MAY 04, 2014
Women’s LAX are Two-Time Atlantic Sun Champions
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team are two-time Atlantic Sun Champions and have earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Topping the University of Detroit-Mercy by a score of 18-4, JU added more hardware to its already stacked collection.
“It’s incredible,” exclaimed Head Coach Mindy McCord. “We are so excited the Atlantic Sun worked so hard to get the automatic bid for our conference and just helped the growth of the sport. We are thrilled that we get the opportunity to compete as one of the top teams in the country. I can’t even explain it. It’s just so great for all of our players and especially our seniors.”
In the semifinals, the Dolphins knocked in the first goal of the game in the first forty seconds of the contest. In Sunday’s championship, the team continued its lightening ways as Brittney Orashen gave the Fins a 1-0 jump 33 seconds in (29:27).
UDM halted the eventual 3-0 JU scoring run on an Erin Campbell goal but it wasn’t enough to derail Jacksonville’s scoring train (24:07). Over a span of six minutes, the Dolphins erased the Detroit goal and added another when Taylor McCord sent in her second score of the game, 5-1, on a free-position shot with 18:46 remaining.
It’s not likely to see a defender in the scoring stat line but senior Kaylee Quint wasn’t concluding her collegiate career without tallying a score.
“Kaylee played midfield for a little bit in high school. She’s actually a really good attacker but we need her on defense. She made a great cut, Taylor hit her and she drew the foul. We were really pumped when she landed the shot.”
Seconds after the team was awarded a man-up opportunity, Quint scored her first career goal to make the score 10-1. Jacksonville entered the break with a 12-2 advantage.
Coming out of intermission, McCord dazzled the crowd on a behind-the-back slasher (29:10). The goal marked her game’s hat trick and stretched the JU lead to 13-2.
JU tacked on three more goals before the first media timeout to take a 16-2 lead and ensure a running clock the rest of the way.
Jacksonville dominated all facets of this game; the Dolphins won the draw control battle 18-6, outshot the Titans 36-13, and collected 27 grounds balls to UDM’s 15.
In goal, Asia Moore played over 42 minutes of action and allowed just two goals, her only goals given up during the tournament. She also made six saves. For her efforts over the weekend, Moore was tabbed as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“I think Asia has grown the most out of anybody on the team. She had some big shoes to fill and made the transition from a backup goalie to a starter. She has gotten better every game and always has such a positive outlook. She’s peaking right when we need her to and her being the tournament MVP was well-deserved especially with Friday’s shutout against Stetson.”
En route to earning All-Tournament honors, McCord led JU with seven points on four goals and three assists. Kristen Ridenour continued her solid defensive measures with three controlled draws, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Tonight, the DI Women’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show will be live streamed on NCAA.com. The Dolphins will learn of their NCAA opponent at 9 p.m. ET.
A-Sun All-Tournament Team
Asia Moore (Jacksonville) – MVP
Taylor McCord (Jacksonville)
Kristen Ridenour (Jacksonville)
Brittney Orashen (Jacksonville)
Kelly Baisey (Jacksonville)
Annie Mendoza (Detroit)
Tessa Keuler (Detroit)
Lexie McCormick (Detroit)
Molly Garrigan (Elon)
Anna Vitton (Elon)
Caili Guilday (Stetson)
Lindsay Summers (Stetson)