JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nine different Dolphins scored in Jacksonville University's (3-4) dominating 18-8 victory over Wagner (2-6) Saturday at a sunny D.B. Milne Field. Danielle Della Rocca scored five and Courtney Valdez drilled in four.
Jacksonville raced out to an early eight-goal lead with Jaime Chapman scoring just 57 seconds into the game and Della Rocca scoring a straight hat trick. Valdez netted a pair sandwiched around Abby Remenapp and Della Rocca scores before Wagner could make a dent in the scoreboard.
The Seahawks scored two of their three goals in the period back-to-back on shots from Anna Belle Reilly and Rachel St. Pierre, the latter at 12:51 remaining.
The teams traded goals with Della Rocca squeezing in her game-high fifth and Heidi Colcord answering for the visitors from Staten Island, N.Y at the 28:00 mark.
"I thought we had some good contributions from a variety of players. We gave our bench some real quality minutes to go out and compete against another Division 1 team. We are developing the depth that we need for a long conference run. Della Rocca and Courtney Valdez together were a nice group. Erica Brager was solid in the midfield and on defense. There is some things to shore up before Old Dominion but overall we have had a good non-conference experience and battled hard in all of our games. Now it's time for the second season to start and there is a lot to look forward to."- JU Head Coach Mindy McCord
Jacksonville picked up 17 ground balls while Wagner collected 13. The Dolphins won 16 of 27 draw controls, and outshot the opposition 42-13. Wagner went 9-14 on clears and JU was 13-13. Jacksonville was 7-11 on free-position shots.
Jacksonville opens ASUN Conference play on the road at Old Dominion on Mar. 24.