JU Downs Davidson to Stay Unbeaten in NLC Play

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two days ago, JU proved they could build and maintain a lead against a conference foe. The Dolphins then proved they could bounce back from a sluggish start, defeating Davidson, 13-9 in a National Lacrosse Conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.

Junior attacker Sarah Michel torched the Wildcats for a hat trick and an assist off the bench for a four-point day, highlighting a JU offense that saw eight players score at least one goal. Freshman Morgan Derner sustained her hot streak, chipping in two goals and two assists to improve the Dolphins to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in NLC play.

JU extended its winning streak to three and already put the school just one win away from matching its victory total from the program's inaugural season in 2010.

"I saw a lot of mental toughness and a lot of adjustments," JU head coach Mindy McCord said. "The key to coming back was reminding them to stick with the game plan. It's good for our momentum. Davidson played an awesome game and did some things on attack and really challenged us."

Junior Nicole Albino and sophomore Abigail Warnken both compiled two-goal games as reserves. Eight of the Dolphins goals came from non-starters. Ann Fucigna paced Davidson's offense with three goals. But the Wildcats still fell to 1-8 and 0-2.

After defeating High Point on Friday, the Dolphins started slowly as Davidson scored the opening two goals just 2:11 in. But Michel and Jen Cosgrove scored back-to-back goals in 25 seconds to tie the score.

Fucigna responded with her first goal at 12:41 before JU went on a 4-0 run. Chelsea Watts and Derner found the back of the cage before Hynes delivered a highlight-worthy scoring strike. Hynes used a full-spin move to maneuver around single coverage before firing a low shot past goalie Jessica Melby at 6:25. Albino capped the run with a hard shot off Derner's pass for a 6-3 lead with 4:43 on the clock.

Lindsay Cooper scored off a free-position shot with 10 seconds left to keep Davidson within 6-4 at the half. Yet Albino and Hoffman scored two goals in the opening 2:08 of the second half.

That outburst provided a needed cushion as Fucigna scored off a FPS and assisted on Cooper's goal to cut JU's lead to 8-6 at 23:12. Davidson would not get any closer. Michel, who logged her fifth multi-point game, scored to curtail the Wildcats run and Warnken registered consecutive goals for a 11-6 edge.

Warnken's output marked her third multi-goal game in her past four contests. The Naples, Fla. native extended her goal-scoring streak to five games. Michel netted a season-high in points with her second hat trick of the season and first since the season-opening win versus Cincinnati on Feb. 13.

Derner has a team-leading 29 goals and 35 points through her first 11 collegiate games. The attacker has 18 goals in her past five contests.

Sophomore goalie Karli Tobin made two saves to improve to 7-4.

JU will look to stay undefeated against the NLC when it hosts Liberty on Friday. Game time at Milne Field is set for 4:00 p.m.

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DAVIDSON, N.C. - Playing its second National Lacrosse Conference road game of the season, Davidson hung tough against the Jacksonville Dolphins, but JU scored five of the first seven goals in the second half and held on for a 13-9 win over the Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.

Davidson dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in league play, while Jacksonville ran its record to 7-4, 2-0 in NLC action.

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