April 6, 2013

Jacksonville Beats Stetson in Sunshine State Battle

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville senior Rachael Krell has the fastest legs on the women’s lacrosse team. Apparently her hands aren’t that slow, either.

Krell, a senior midfielder from Apopka, Fla., came off the bench and scored three goals as the Dolphins stayed unbeaten in the Atlantic Sun conference (9-3, 2-0) with a 20-3 win over first-year Stetson (0-12, 0-1) at D. B. Milne Field.

For Krell, the game was her second consecutive hat-trick, the first back-to-back three-goal games in her JU career. She had three against Kennesaw State last week.

“I’ve been really focused and just putting them in the back of the net,’’ Krell, who plans on studying to be a physician’s assistant after graduating from JU this spring, said.

“I talked to her about her leadership,’’ coach Mindy McCord said. “Her strengths are her speed and ability to dodge and she has been working really hard on her shot. These last couple of games are a true demonstration of her stepping up her leadership and utilizing her strengths.’’

Two of Krell’s goals came on free position shots where she goes heads up against the goal keeper and this time beat Hatters’ net minder Caili Guilday.

“I like free positions,’’ Krell said. “You’re able to go one-on-one with the goalie and hitting that corner (of the net).’’ Krell said her strategy in the situation is to shoot low and toward a corner. The shot takes focus and strong hand work.

“I hit bottom left and bottom right,’’ she said. “It takes focus and we do it a lot in practice to get good at it and I do a lot on my own.’’

Krell’s hat trick was matched by senior Amanda Hurley who did all of her damage in the first 10 minutes of the game when she and senior midfielder Ellyn Spangenberg (two goals) for the first five JU scores as the Dolphins jumped out to an 8-0 lead.

“We have a lot of first-year teams in our conference and we’re excited about the growth,’’ McCord said. “For us it’s about being able to do what we need to do to increase our capacity and execute at a high level. You can win a game and it not be your best performance and you can lose a game with your best performance and for us it’s trying to create consistency.’’

In total, 11 Dolphins scored as Britney Orashen, Kelsey Wiglesworth, Abi Warnken and Nikki Erdely all had two goals. Morgan Derner, Ali Hoffman, Kaitlin Stewart and Holly Ventimiglia all added single goals. For Orashen and Ventimiglia it was the ninth consecutive game each has scored at least once.

Derner and Chelsea Watts led the defensive effort with four caused turnovers each and senior Rachel Hannon had four draw controls.

The Dolphins travel to third-ranked North Carolina Friday at 7 p.m.

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