SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010
Sluggish second half costs women’s lacrosse in loss to Longwood, 15-8
For the second straight day, the JU women’s lacrosse team watched at halftime lead dissipate in a National Lacrosse Conference game as the Dolphins dropped their bout against Longwood, 15-8.

Heading into halftime with a 6-4 lead in Davidson, N.C., the Dolphins (5-8, 3-2 NLC) looked poised to take a critical conference game over the undefeated Lancers (6-6, 5-0) but an early three-goal burst from Longwood signaled the beginning of the end for JU.

Freshmen Ellyn Spangenberg and Megan Lusby paced the Dolphins with two goals and an assist while eight Dolphins recorded a point on the day. Goalie Karli Tobin made 12 saves in the losing effort, the second highest total of the season.

Longwood was led with a five-point day from Karli Brentlinger as four other Lances scored two goals each. Splitting time between the pipes were goalies Juli Liebig and Eliza Coughter. Coughter made three saves on the day, recording the win.

“We didn’t want our weekend to turn out this way,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “This is a wake-up call for us and we need to get stronger with the conference tournament coming up.”

Spangenberg scored first for the Dolphins after a Longwood goal on an assist from Jocelyn Jamison. After two more Lancer goals, JU would string five goals together starting with back-to-back scores from Lusby. Freshman Rachel Hannon then scored from a free-position shot before Amanda Hurley tallied on an assist from Spangenberg. Spangenberg scored the next goal of the game on an unassisted take before the Lancers would close out the half on a goal with two seconds remaining.

The second half for the Dolphins seemed all too similar to the day before against Davidson as JU gave up the half’s first three goals. The run was stopped by freshman Cassie Campasano in the 38th minute but an eight-goal run would follow for the Lancers. Freshman Emily Pepe closed the game out with a final score in the last 20 seconds.

JU is on the road with two games in two days against Louisville on Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday.