SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
WLAX: Improved Second Half Not Enough vs. No. 10 Duke
DURHAM, N.C.- The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team without a doubt has one of the most grueling schedules. Scraping with Syracuse and Florida in the early goings of the season, the Dolphins (4-4) suited up against No. 10 Duke on Sunday afternoon and are set to play Stony Brook in a few weeks.

Facing the Blue Devils (6-3, 1-1 ACC) for the second time in program history, the Dolphins played well but dug a whole too deep in the first half as they fell by a score of 17-6.

Duke won the first five draw controls and converted on each possession to take a 5-0 lead nearly six minutes into the contest. The eventual 8-0 Blue Devil run was ended when Kelsey Wiglesworth (Towson, Md.) found the back of the net on a free position goal at the 20:00 mark.

Ali Brennan (Columbia, Md.) later closed the gap to eight, 10-2, on JU’s second free position goal of the evening (10:01). However, the score would be all the Dolphins could net in the stanza as Duke tacked on two more goals to enter halftime leading,12-2. 

“We have to have a better start,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “I was glad to see our players never let up and play within a one goal game in the second half.”

Knocking in a goal with 27:42 remaining, Wiglesworth was the first to dent the scoreboard in the second period. JU play was much improved in the latter 30 minutes of the contest. The team committed fewer turnovers and created more pressure on Duke which resulted in fewer shots and goals. Following Wiglesworth’s second goal of the evening, Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.), Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Kirstin Purdy (Lake Worth, Fla.) each tagged in a score. The Fins weren’t able to draw any closer than nine but they did limit Duke to just five goals in the half.

Chelsea Watts (West Long Branch, N. J.) collected three draws in the contest while Asia Moore (Apex, N.C.) and Kelly Lacy (Towson, Md.) grabbed two ground balls apiece. Moore also faced 30 shots in the net and recorded nine saves.

Jacksonville will have a few days to regroup before returning to D.B. Milne on Wednesday, March 19 to take on Wagner at 1 p.m.