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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Charged by nine go-getting seniors, the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team will aim for their fourth-straight regular-season title on Sunday, April 27. JU (11-5, 4-0 A-Sun) meets Elon for the first time ever at 1 p.m. and the Fins ask for all fans to join them at D.B. Milne as they close out the regular season and send off the 2014 graduating class.
"It's incredible that we have a senior class who came here without knowing what the program would become and then walk away with a chance to win four championships,” said Assistant Coach Paul McCord. “That just doesn't happen often. The seniors are playing their finest lacrosse in their careers [this season]. That's magic. Their GPA, contributions on campus and success on the field is magic. The program Coach [Mindy] McCord has built is amazing. The proof is in the fruit. Now a kid would be crazy not to come here and experience this. There is proof that amazing things happen here all the time thanks to the trail blazed by these seniors who came to just give it a shot. We've all been blessed by the experience.”
HOFFMAN SLASHES 100th CAREER GOAL
Ali Hoffman has lead a storied a career in the Green and Gold uniform and will soon graduate with another milestone to remember. In the Dolphins victory over Howard on Friday, she lifted the Dolphins to an 8-1 lead with her 100th career goal.
Capped by 14 different JU scorers, nine of which were substitutes, the Dolphins ended the game with a 24-3 landslide. The Dolphins starting attack played 20 minutes and scored 12 goals with just one turnover and Morgan Derner, Hannah Wilcox, Holly Ventimiglia and Rachel Aus each recorded hat tricks.
Head Coach Mindy McCord and Assistant Coach Sarah Gallion were asked to take a moment to reflect on their nine seniors and here is what they had to say.
CHELSEA “SASSY” WATTS
Sass has been such an impact possession player for our team this year. Her competitiveness and spirit drive others and she has grown so much since beginning at JU. Not only has she proven to be such a great defender, but she challenges everyone to be their best, including the coaches. – Coach G
KQ also known as “the dominator" is a huge presence in our defensive end. She shuts down top opponents and has a team first mentality at all times. As a captain, she has been such a reliable communicator between the players and coaching staff. We have really seen Q mature and grow into a great leader on and off the field. – Coach G
Baisey is a true competitor. She always desires to be the best she can be and strives for perfection at all times. It has been so much fun to coach someone who always gives 100% and her play this year has shown her great improvement. – Coach G
Rachel aka "Rach" has been our anchor on defense all year. She provides us with a daily dose of comic relief and creates such a fun atmosphere at practice. She has risen to the occasion in the face of adversity and has shown her true character this year. – Coach G
Derner is one of the most talented athletes I've ever laid my eyes on; it's so awesome seeing her with so much success her senior year. She has fun and plays very hard. She's been really embracing her new role with flying colors. – Coach Mindy
Hoffman is a true scholar-athlete; setting the bar high for herself on and off the field, she is hitting her peak at the end of the season. – Coach Mindy
Brit is such a competitor; she is the heartbeat of our midfield and has dominated to lead our team in possessions this year. – Coach Mindy
Brennan has been such a stellar addition to our team this year. Her ability to step in and be a significant contributor after playing 4 years of soccer at Div. I at U of Miami really gave our team a great physical edge. – Coach Mindy
Stewey truly dominates in the transition game. Much like her work ethic, her midfield speed is unprecedented. She is the ultimate team player and makes everyone around her better. – Coach Mindy
Elon is closing out its regular season with a pair of Florida opponents. The Phoenix (8-7, 4-0 A-Sun) most recently knocked off Stetson with an 18-6 victory last Friday. Freshman Molly Garrigan scored seven goals in the decision to push her season total to 33. She is closely trailed by teammates Anna Vitton (31 goals) and Olivia Fernandez (26). Elle Hvozdovic will most likely be facing off against the Dolphins on the draw as she leads the team with 47.
In goal, Rachel Ramirez has started all 15 games and on average gives up 11.0 goals per game.
UP NEXT: CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
JU and the Phoenix both sit atop the Atlantic Sun standings but only one team will walk away with the No. 1 seed. The squads enter Sunday’s contest with perfect league records and have already laid claim to the top two spots.
Four teams will advance to the conference tourney with the semifinals set to begin on Friday, May 2 and the championship a few days later on Sunday, May 4. Regardless of rankings, the Dolphins will host all three games at Southern Oak Stadium.
“This next game is a chance for the seniors to go four-for-four, the juniors to go three-for-three and so on” finished Coach Paul. “It's a great way to finish the year for us all. Every day we have an opportunity to grow and love together. I am sure they will enjoy every second!”
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