March 19, 2013

Defensive Pressure Leads to Jacksonville Win

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Spring break is a time for rest and relaxation for most, but for the Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team it is business as usual. The Dolphins helped celebrate their spring break on Tuesday with a 17-7 win over Marist at D.B. Milne Field.

Behind heavy defensive pressure from JU (6-3) on the ride, the Dolphins rolled out to an 8-1 lead and never looked back.  

“Our ride was very good especially early on in the first half,” said JU Head Coach Mindy McCord, whose team forced Marist into six unsuccessful clears in the first period. “We caused a lot of turnovers and gave ourselves some second opportunities.”

With Marist unable to clear the ball into their offensive zone, the Dolphins used a balanced offense to capitalize. JU had seven different players score their first seven goals.

Controlling possession was also key to the big first half as the Dolphins held a 9-2 edge in draw controls for the period. Credit senior Rachel Hannon (Annapolis, Md.). Coming off a season in which she set an NCAA record with 131 draw controls a year ago, Hannon secured a season high eight draw controls against the Red Foxes.

Using an efficient offensive attack Marist (1-7) managed to keep the game interesting in the early stages of the second half. After Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) scored the second of her four goals in the opening minutes of the period, the Red Foxes scored three of the game's next four goals.

The spurt by Marist cut the deficit to 10-5 with 17 minute to play.

Insert sophomore Holly Ventimiglia (Medford, N.Y.). Ventimiglia quickly set up a goal by junior Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.), then scored a goal herself to put the Dolphins back on track. She would later add another goal and another assist in the half. Hoffman meanwhile finished with three goals as did freshman Kelsey Wiglesworth (Towson, Md.).

“The extra possession on our ride and the draw controls gave us the ability to get 43 shots today,” said McCord. “That is who we are and what we want to do. We just have to be able to convert our shooting percentage and get a few more stops on the defensive end.”

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