Late first-half run dooms JU in loss to Vermont, 21-13
A seven-goal run split between the end of the first half and the start of the second half proved too much for the JU women’s lacrosse team to overcome in a 21-13 loss to Vermont on Wednesday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins (2-5, 1-0 NLC) found themselves in a 7-7 tie with the Catamounts (1-2) with 7:39 left in the first half but the deadlock was quickly broken by the visitors on the seven-goal run.

Once again, the Dolphins were led by an impressive performance from freshman attacker Cassie Campasano who netted four goals in the loss. Freshman Ellyn Spangenberg added at hat trick and two assists while goalies Karli Tobin and Hanna Collins split time between the pipes, making five and seven saves respectively.

Allison Pfohl and Sara Buxton frustrated the JU defense all game, each tallying five goals with Alison Haigh recording a hat trick as well. Goalie Taylor Hadcock made 10 saves on the day while allowing 13 goals.

“Offensively we played pretty well but we have to improve on defense if we want to be competitive,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We weren’t moving efficiently and we caused too many costly fouls.”

The game started off on a positive note for the Dolphins as the home side scored two goals in quick succession. Freshman Megan Lusby got JU started with a goal from Amanda Hurley and Spangenberg followed 45 seconds later on a great pass from Jocelyn Jamison.

The Catamounts would rattle off five goals before JU could stop the bleeding with an unassisted goal from Spangenberg. The freshman assisted a goal 26 seconds later on a dish to Abigail Warnken.

After Campasano’s first score, Vermont scored seven straight goals, two in the second half, until Campasano could stop the run on a goal assisted by freshman Brie Kitchelt.

The rest of the second half saw two more scores from Kitchelt and goals from both Spangenberg and Carly Garrison.

JU was out-hustled on the ground with Vermont winning the ground ball battle, 40-19, including a 21-8 advantage in the first half.

A point of pride for the Dolphins came from the draw controls. JU more than doubled-up the Catamounts, 24-11, but a 22-9 turnover margin cost the home side a lot of possessions.

The Dolphins are back on the field on Friday afternoon when they take on Temple at 4 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex. The game will be available live on A-Sun.TV