WEDNESDAY, APRIL 02, 2014
Fight of the Juggernauts: JU at. No. 15/16 Stony Brook
Photo By Jeff Worcester
Photo By Jeff Worcester

LIVE STATS

THE GAME
Two juggernauts prepare for battle on Friday, April 4, as the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team visits No. 15/16 Stony Brook for a 5 p.m. contest. In 2012, JU set the NCAA record as the strongest scoring offense and a year later the Seawolves did the same as the strongest scoring defense.

"We have to face the giants and use our unique skill sets to battle them,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. Every team in the top-10 has something that they do distinctively well. Stony Brook hangs their hat on defense, but they also have speed in transition and some clutch shooters, especially around the crease.”

"We like to challenge our team with our schedule. It would be easier on us to play every game at home and not play any top-10 teams, but that's not my vision for JU Dolphin lacrosse. We are striving to get there ourselves and no matter what as a coach I am committed to helping get our team over that bridge."

JU’S LAST OUTING: RAINING WINS


JU and Winthrop went back and forth in the opening minutes of Saturday’s meeting but the Dolphins ended up with the upper hand and the 19-11 win. Nine Dolphins added a score in the contest including four netting hat tricks.

In her first collegiate start in the net, Mariah Cudlipp earned the win with four saves.

MILESTONES FOR MCCORD
Congratulations are in order for Taylor McCord who recorded surpassed the 100th career point milestone last week. The junior attack currently sits on 109 points (62 goals and 46 assists) on two seasons with the Green and Gold and one with Florida.

HAT-TRICK HOFFMAN WINS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
With two consecutive hat tricks under her belt, Ali Hoffman was awarded Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Mar. 31.
Fronting JU’s offense with six goals and four assists last week, Hoffman was a major component in the Dolphins’ 24-1 conference win over Kennesaw State and 19-11 road success vs. Winthrop. She also contributed four ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control.

THE OPPONENT
"Every year I learn more and more about women's lacrosse and our staff has certainly learned a lot by watching video of Joe's [Spallina, head coach of SB] defense," said McCord. "They are a strong defense with the sum being stronger than the individual parts. They may be the best team defense in college lacrosse which is a tribute to Joe's coaching and systems."

In their America East opener, the Seawolves limited the visiting UMBC Retrievers to just one goal for a 12-1 victory last Saturday. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi, ranked third in the nation in goals-against average and save percentage, made three saves and caused one turnover in the contest en route to recording her third game allowing one or less goals.

Possibly the best keeper JU will see all season, with Cardi in net the Seawolves (8-2, 1-0 AE) have held all 10 of their opponents to fewer than 10 goals.

The team also has little trouble generating scores. Three players have recorded 20 or more goals with Dorrien Van Dyke guiding the team on 35.

Coached by a defensive genius in the men’s and women’s game, last year SB earned a top-10 ranking and have been ranked anywhere from 8th to 16th since that time.

JU VS. STONY BROOK SIDE-BY-SIDE

SHOT STATISTICS

Jacksonville

Stony Brook

   Goals-Shot attempts

166-362

136-276 

   Goals scored per game

15.09

13.60 

   Shot pct.

 .459

.493 

   Shots on goal-Attempts

280-362

220-276 

   SOG pct.

 .773

.797 

   Shots/Game

32.9

27.6 

   Assists

75

64 

   Free position Made-Att

37-70

23-45 

   Free position pct.

 .529

.511 

GOAL BREAKDOWN

 

 

   Total Goals

166

136 

   Free-position

37

23 

   Unassisted

91

72 

   Overtime

0

   Goals scored average

14.89

13.60 

GROUND BALLS

270

214 

DRAW CONTROLS

175

89 

TURNOVERS

143

129 

CAUSED TURNOVERS

112

99 

CLEARS

116-142

143-170 

   Clear Pct.

 .817

.841 


UP NEXT
Jacksonville returns to conference action on Sunday, March 5 when they fly to Michigan to take on Detroit. The game is scheduled to start at noon.