THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014
WLAX Continues A-Sun Action at Stetson

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DELAND, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team continues conference action at Stetson on Saturday, April 12. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the Athletic Training Center.

“Our focus of this weekend is effort,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “After reviewing the last few game videos, I have to say that we are not running the way we need to in order to accomplish our goals. This is something that we control and has nothing to do with who we play. What makes our team special is our ability to run for days. We have not been doing this up to our standards. This has to be our prime focus this weekend.”

Against Stetson, JU is 1-0 after taking a 20-3 victory on April 6, 2013.

JU’S LAST OUTING: BENCH HEAVY

JU’s bench was highly contributory to the team’s 18-5 triumph over Detroit this past Sunday. The reserves netted 10 goals on 14 shots taken and were also 7-of-11 on the draw, 5-of-10 on caused turnovers and only committed four fouls.

The Dolphins also finished with a 39-17 advantage in total shots and a 19-14 edge in ground balls.

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD:

Freshman Danielle Della Rocca lit up the scoreboards last weekend, directing the Dolphins offense with five goals on six shots taken. All six of her shots were on target and she completed the split-win trip with a shooting percentage of 83.3 percent.

Keeper Asia Moore has also been hot lately with 31 saves and just 25 goals in her past four outings. “A fifty-five percent save percentage is all-American-like numbers if done for a season! We are super-excited for her emergence as a top goalie in the Atlantic Sun conference!”

THE OPPONENT:

The Hatters (1-12, 1-0) earned their first win of the season last Saturday in a 23-21 overtime thriller at Kennesaw State. Attackers Danielle Horgan and Christina Loya combined for 13 scores and the game marked Stetson’s best offensive output in program history.  

Loya directs the team with 15 goals and five assists and Horgan trails closely with 13 and 3.

JACKSONVILLE’S KEY TO WINNING:

"We are making some changes to build our midfield speed and every midfield position is open this week at practice,” continued McCord. “We need more leadership from this unit and we have to get moving in the midfield. Our attackers have been riding better, but finishing and moving the ball unselfishly is a big emphasis for them. Defensively their focus is on doing the little things well and stepping up accountability of performance. We know what our team is capable of when their talent is on display, but it's the effort and commitment to detail that allows the talent to be displayed. I think that working on all of these elements this week will help push us to that level. I have faith that the leaders of the team can help us to pull together down the stretch and get us to that level. I believe in my team. We have not played our best lacrosse yet.”

NEXT UP:

Jacksonville’s final road contest of the regular season will take place at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, April 16. First draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.