Seniors Shine As Owls Are No Fight For Dolphins

Seniors Shine As Owls Are No Fight For Dolphins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  – A strong showing by the Jacksonville University (10-4, 7-0) seniors led to an easy home victory against Kennesaw State University (7-7, 3-4) Saturday at D.B. Milne Field by a score of 23-2. A trio of seniors, Danielle Della Rocca, Rachel Aus, and Courtney Valdez, poured in four goals in front of a great showing of support. The win gave Jacksonville a seven-game win straight and 31 consecutive ASUN Conference regular season decisions.

First Half

The seniors established their presence early, with JU racing out to a 5-0 lead with scores from Della Rocca, Hannah Wilcox, Jaime Chapman, Valdez, and Aus.

KSU's Taylor McGhee briefly stopped the run with a goal at the 22:00 mark before the Dolphins scored six unanswered. Della Rocca completed her hat trick in the run, and Aus, Valdez, Chapman, and Ashtyn Hiron piled onto the Dolphin lead.

The running clock was paused shortly on an Olivia Hokanson ringer at 4:38, but Jacksonville answered quickly with successful shots from Kasey Stevens, Aus, and Lillie Miller to own a 14-2 halftime lead.

Second Half

Jacksonville pitched a shutout in the second half, with Mariah Cudlipp earning the win in net in 48:14 minutes. She had one save, and Sydney Matthews played the remainder of the game in cage with three saves.

The nine second half Dolphin goals were accumulated by Valdez scoring twice, and seven different Dolphins pelting Owl goalie Lauren Hoffman. Della Rocca, Aus, Genie Santarpio, Jackie Benedict, Abby Remenapp, Stevens, and Hiron all scored in the domination.  

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"We have played some tough ASUN competitors very well so far this season. I think our seniors took the lead today with some outstanding performances all over the field. I don't think there's ever been a defensive performance in the ASun like Erika Brager's today. Nine caused turnovers in a game? That just doesn't happen. Some huge scoring by our seniors and also every freshman on the second midfield scored too. I like the way we adjusted to their draw and clear game. We have learned a lot over the years and our team can adapt very well to a variety of opponents. Holding the ASUN's top offenses to 4 and 2 goals is a major accomplishment. But we continue to be led by this incredible group of seniors. They are as good as they come. We are beyond blessed by them and their great families!" - Head Coach Mindy McCord.

Scoops

Jacksonville outshot Kennesaw State, 46-10, and won 16 of 27 draw controls. The Dolphins picked up 29 ground balls to the Owls' 15, and went 17-19 in clear attempts while holding the visitors to 10-23. Kennesaw State turned the ball over 30 times, 25 of those caused by Jacksonville.   

Jacksonville returns to the road with a pair of games next weekend, at Coastal Carolina Apr. 21 and at Furman Apr. 23.