SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2010
Women’s lacrosse drops NLC match-up to Davidson, 17-12
The JU women’s lacrosse team took a three-goal lead into the half but struggled in the second half as the Dolphins dropped a pivotal National Lacrosse Conference game at Davidson, 17-12.

The Dolphins (5-7, 3-1 NLC) entered the game knowing that two wins would clinch the regular season title in the NLC but, with the loss to the Wildcats (6-7, 4-1), JU now needs a victory over Longwood and a loss from Davidson in the final conference match of the season for the championship.

Freshman Megan Lusby scored four times for the Dolphins while freshmen Cassie Campasano and Brie Kichelt each tallied twice to try and keep the game in reach. Goalie Karli Tobin played all 60 minutes in the loss, making 10 saves.

The Wildcats were led with five goals from Jen Crawford and Alanna Parker as just six Wildcats scored in the contest. Michelle Pav picked up the win in goal making 10 saves.

“This was definitely a disappointing game for us,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We came into this weekend knowing what we needed to do and we just didn’t get it done. We have to put this behind us because we have another big game tomorrow.”

Freshman Nicole Albino put JU on the board first with an unassisted goal inside two minutes and the Dolphins would build a 4-2 lead, 10 minutes into the game.

The green and gold conceded two goals to the Wildcats before scoring the last three of the half. Campasano scored an unassisted goal, freshman Brie Kitchelt was assisted by Abigail Warnken (1,1) and Lusby fired home a free position shot to put the Dolphins in good shape heading into the half.

Davidson would score in bunches in the second half, however, as JU was only able to find the net five times, outscored by the home side, 13-5.

Kitchelt scored first for the Dolphins in the second half on an assist from freshman Jocelyn Jamison to stop a three-goal run from the Wildcats. Two more Davidson goals would follow before another Kitchelt score brought the game to 9-9 with just over 20 minutes to go.

A four-goal run from Davidson would prove to be too much for the Dolphins as back-to-back goals from Lusby and freshman Ellyn Spangenberg weren’t enough to pull JU back into the game. Flipping the script in the first half, the Wildcats outscored the Dolphins 4-1 in the last 10 minutes of the game

The biggest struggle for the Dolphins came through the concession of nine free-position shots. Davidson converted five of their opportunities while JU scored on one of just two chances.

JU will look to shake off the loss tomorrow when the Dolphins face Longwood in another crucial NLC match-up tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Davidson, N.C.