April 12, 2014

Derner Sets Record in Jacksonville's Romp over Stetson

from Press Release

DELAND, Fla. – Another Atlantic Sun game gave the Jacksonville University women's lacrosse team another opportunity to flex its offensive muscle on Saturday. This time the opponent was Stetson, and the Dolphins (9-5) netted six goals inside the opening six minutes as they came away with a 24-8 victory on the road that improves the team to 3-0 in A-Sun play.

The day belonged to senior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.), who not only scored six goals and added a pair of assists in the game, but also became the first player in program history to collect more than 200 points. Entering the day at 195 points, Derner scored the second, fourth and sixth JU goals of the afternoon and assisted on the Dolphins' third goal, which came from Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.). The big moment came with 6:21 remaining in the first half, as a pass from Hannah Wilcox (McMurray, Pa.) freed Derner for a goal that gave Jacksonville a 13-6 lead and hit the milestone. She would go on to add two more goals and an assist before the game was over, and holds the all-time record in program history with 203 career points.

After storming out to a 17-7 lead at halftime, including a pair of back-breaking goals inside the final 10 seconds of the first half, Jacksonville's defense took care of the rest. The Hatters only squeezed off seven shots in the second half and could only score once.

Though Derner was the star, there were contributions across the board from Jacksonville on the afternoon. Taylor McCord(Jacksonville, Fla.) and Brittney Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) each recorded hat tricks, and Sally Holbert (Columbus, Ohio) added a pair of goals. All three players ended with four points in the game.

"It was so great to play such a fun offensive game," said Head Coach Mindy McCord. "It was a true team effort today and it was good to see our defense in the second half hold them to just the one goal."

Jacksonville wraps up its five-game road trip on April 16 with a visit to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt at 2 p.m.

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