April 13, 2012

Hoffman Sets School Mark as Jacksonville Routs Liberty

from press release

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Nikki Erdely, Kaitlin Stewart, Morgan Derner and Kayleigh Hynes combined for 13 points and sophomore Ali Hoffman set a school record with six assists as the JU women’s lacrosse team clobbered Liberty 22-4 Friday in a National Lacrosse Conference game.

Stewart, who had her first hat trick of the season, got the Dolphins (9-3, 3-1) rolling with 26:10 to play in the first half when she scored her first goal of the night on a free-position shot.

Twenty-seven seconds later, the Dolphins went up 2-0 when sophomore attacker Brittney Orashen scored her 13th goal of the year at 25:43.

The Flames (2-9, 1-2) didn’t take long to respond when Sam Struss connected with 24:57 to go in the half.

One minute later, Derner, who scored three goals in the game and now has 29 for the season, started the Dolphins on a nine-goal scoring binge that included four consecutive goals from Erdely, who had her first four-goal game of the year.

Hoffman, perhaps the Dolphins’ most consistent player of the year, had five of her assists in the first half. She leads the team with 39 points on 22 goals and 17 assists.

After taking a 14-3 halftime lead, the Dolphins continued on in the second half and held the Flames scoreless for the last 25:12 of the game.

"It's good to get a quality win on the road and have all 25 players contribute to the win,'' JU coach Mindy McCord said. "Among those 25 players several came up big in different roles.''

Hynes, from Brentwood, Tenn., matched Stewart and Derner with a hat-trick of her own as JU outshot the Flames, 41-14.

Midfielder Ellyn Spangenberg had two goals on the night as did Orashen (who had two assists) and Amanda Hurley. Nicole Albino, Angela Sperbeck and defensive star Rachel Hannon each had a goal. For Hannon it was her second goal in three games and second since 2010.

In addition to her four goals, Erdely also had four ground balls. Hannon broke her own school record with 12 draw controls, three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers and Stewart had three ground balls. The Dolphins caused 17 of Liberty's 24 turnovers.

"Our shooting and our riding set the tempo for the game and our defense played a tenacious game backed up by our goalies,'' McCord said. "The team handled the game with a lot of positive energy and on the road your energy often times determines your performance."

Goal keeper Karli Tobin had seven saves in 46:07 minutes of work and freshman Asia Moore had one to wind down the game.

The Dolphins travel to Farmville, Va., Sunday to play Longwood.

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