WLAX Suffers a Late 2OT Defeat
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- With just 10 seconds left in triple overtime, junior attacker Stephanie Finley knocked in the game-winning goal to defeat the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team, 16-15, on Saturday afternoon.

Junior attacker Taylor McCord led JU’s offense with six points off two goals and four assists. Senior attacker Morgan Derner tacked in four goals with an assist while midfielders Hannah Wilcox, Holly Ventimiglia, and Kelsey Wiglesworth all added two scores.

“Overall it was a solid team performance today,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “It’s tough to win all draw possessions in overtime and first and second sudden death periods and not be able to finish the possession with a goal. The good news is overtime and close games are good situations to experience early in the season and to learn from .We keep growing and getting better each week.”

The Dolphins had multiple chances to secure the win in regulation; the first break came at the start of the second half with a man-up opportunity from a JMU yellow card. Unfortunately, the extra possession led to a turnover and yellow card for the Fins and unable to convert a goal in the first 12 minutes of the frame, the Dukes went on a 3-0 run.

"We discussed at half time the importance of gaining the momentum the 1st 10 min of the 2nd half. Being able to convert on our MU (man up) opportunities would have put more pressure on them. It was great to see the team fight back.”

JU used a 3-0 run to take a 15-14 lead over the Dukes with 3:30 left in regulation but Emily Rhoads found Amy Roguski 40 seconds later to tie the game at 15-all.

With 20 seconds remaining, the Dolphins had a chance to secure the victory on a feed from McCord to Brit Orashen but the shot sailed high over the cage. The determined squad was then awarded a free-position shot in the final second of the frame but didn’t have enough time to convert.

JU controlled possession for the first six-minute overtime period with a game-winning opportunity taking place with five seconds remaining and Ventimiglia took a shot on the crease that struck the Duke’s goalkeeper.

“We had our chances to win this game and that hurts,” continued McCord.

Finley clinched the win for the Dukes in the second sudden death period after opening the possession on a secured draw control. Charging downfield, she fired off her fourth goal of the contest to seal the win. 

Finley also posted two assists and Roguski added four goals.

“JMU us a playoff team, so we know we can play the level of lacrosse we need in order to be successful. Now it’s about finishing with confidence.”

The Dolphins continue their five-game home swing on Saturday, March 1 in an 11 a.m. contest against Old Dominion.

“At the end of the day, this was a game that will help us get ready for the next game and we have to step up, move ahead and prepare for Old Dominion. We take ownership of being 1-3. It’s not a place we like being. We need to step up defensively this week and I am confident that we can improve.”