March 9, 2011

Jacksonville Gets Rain-Soaked Win over Temple

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Not even a lightning delay could deter the JU women's lacrosse team as the Dolphins raced to a three-goal lead and held off a second-half surge by Temple to post a 13-12 win on Wednesday evening at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Freshman Morgan Derner continued her hot streak, scoring a career-best five goals on just five shots to lift JU to 4-3 on the season. Derner has 12 goals in her last three games, earning at least a hat trick in all of those contests for a team-leading 16 goals overall.

Temple scored nine second half goals but still dropped to 1-3 on the season. Charlotte Swavola recorded a hat trick as one of five Owls to score in double figures.

Fresh off being named the National Lacrosse Conference's co-"Player of the Week," sophomore goalie Karli Tobin made a season-high 12 saves to secure the win. The netminder turned aside six shots in the opening half and six after the break, forcing Temple into finishing just 2-of-12 on free-position shots.

Kayleigh Hynes, Ali Hoffman and Abigail Warnken scored the first three goals in the opening 14 minutes, allowing the Dolphins to hold a wire-to-wire lead. JU went ahead 7-3 at halftime thank to back-to-back goals from Derner in the final 1:20.

At the break, the teams cleared the field as lightning and heavy rains forced a delay of over an hour. When play resumed, Temple scored the first three goals to get to within one before Hynes scored the second of her two goals on an unassisted strike at 13:39 for an 8-6 advantage.

Derner added a goal off a free-position shot and capped her night with an unassisted goal in an 11-second span to put JU up, 10-7. After a Temple goal, Nikki Erdely, Derner and Hoffman scored three straight JU goals for a 13-8 lead with 4:28.

Hoffman registered her second career multi-goal game. The freshman attacker first accomplished the feat against Oregon. Kaitlin Stewart finished with two goals and an assist for a three-point night.

JU's scoring barrage provided the needed cushion. Temple added three goal in the final 1:08 before losing its first road game of the year.

Tobin improved to 4-3 and has 23 saves in her last two contests.

The Dolphins will next be action against Louisville on Saturday in a neutral site game in Cumming, Ga. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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