MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
Big week for wlax starts with Monmouth
Kaitlin Stewart (1) has scored a goal in 10 consecutive games.
Kaitlin Stewart (1) has scored a goal in 10 consecutive games.
The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team, fresh off a stunning 19-16 come-from-behind win against previously unbeaten Temple, puts its 10-game home win streak on the line when the Dolphins face Monmouth Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Dolphins, 4-1, fell behind 7-0 against the Owls before roaring back on the wings of sophomore Nikki Erdely’s four goals and another four by sophomore Ali Hoffman.

Monmouth enters the game 1-4 and in the losses have averaged getting beat by 9.5 goals. The teams have a common opponent this season as the Hawks beat St. Joseph’s 10-9 while JU knocked off St. Joseph’s 14-7 two weeks ago.

The Hawks are under second-year coach Denise Wescott and are led by Alex Marino (eight goals) and Sam Lillo (six goals).

Freshman midfielder Karlee Dean was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week last week. Goalkeeper Katie Donohue has a .379 save percentage and has 14 ground balls.

"Denise always has a well prepared goalie and a defense that communicates well,’’ JU coach Mindy McCord said. “They are a multiple defense and can spring man to man, backer, or 7-man zone on you, so we will have to be prepared for that offensively.

They have some young emerging threats on attack including the NEC newcomer of the week from last week. We will have to play well defensively and play our game offensively to win the game."

The Dolphins will once again look to sophomores Jen Cosgrove (14 goals) and Ali Hoffman (13 goals) for scoring punch and will benefit by the return of last year’s top scorer, Morgan Derner, who will have a week of practice since coming back from a knee injury.

"It is great to have Morgan back,’’ McCord said. “We hope to bring her back a little bit each game so she is ready to go full-on for our conference opponents. She is getting back into the swing of things and is really helping bolster our attack and transition game which has been strong this season.’’

Defensively, senior Jess Hotchkiss leads the way with 13 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers and goalie Karli Tobin has a .416 save percentage.

The Dolphins next game will be Saturday against Louisville at noon at D.B. Milne Field