No. 3 Florida Cruises Past Dolphins for Second Victory

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Matched up against their second top five ranked opponent in three games, Jacksonville came out on the wrong end of a 15-4 decision Wednesday night at Southern Oak Stadium.

"It came down to possessions and execution," said JU Head Coach Mindy McCord. "Florida did a great job taking advantage of their second opportunities and scoring opportunities, but we had a significant amount of forced errors on our part that gave them some of those chances. We have to be able to capitalize on our possession time to get more shooting opportunities."

Senior Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) recorded her second straight hat trick with goals to lead the Dolphins (1-2) which return to action at home on Saturday when they play host to San Diego State at 12:00 pm on D.B. Milne Field.

Florida (2-0) entered the game having not allowed a goal in its last 37 minutes of play following a second half shutout of No. 5 North Carolina last Saturday. Junior attacker Nikki Erdely (Cumming, Ga.) quickly put an end to that streak. Erdely, who first picked up a lacrosse stick in high school, scored three minutes into the contest off an assist from senior Ellyn Spangenberg (Chuoulota, Fla.).

The Gators followed with four straight scores before Hurley finally ended the run. The first of her three goals on the night came off an assist from sophomore Taylor McCord (Jacksonville, Fla.) who transferred to JU from Florida this past summer.

Named the A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Hurley added another score in the final two minutes of the first half then scored on a free position attempt in the second to bring the Dolphins back to within five at 9-4. That would be as close as JU would get however as the Gators closed out the scoring with six unanswered to secure the win.

"As a team we scored on three of our five shots in the first half, then only converted on one of eight in the second," said Coach McCord. "We did a better job of clearing the ball in the second half, but didn't capitalize on our opportunities when they were there for us."

Senior goalie Karli Tobin (Moorestown, N.J.) posted seven saves in goal for Jacksonville.

"We had a few mistakes that are correctable tonight so tomorrow we'll start getting ready for San Diego State by continuing to focus on our system and what we do well," said McCord. "When we do that we have a chance to be successful against any team."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored five goals as she helped lead No. 3 Florida Lacrosse to a 15-4 win over Jacksonville on Wednesday night at Southern Oaks Stadium.

Eight different Gators scored on the evening and held the Dolphins (1-2) to just one goal in the second half en route to their second victory of the season. Senior attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.), senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) each added two goals in the win. Six different Gators also added assists in the contest.

"I thought they did a fantastic job, I thought Gabi (Wiegand) did a great job driving to the goal and Brittany (Dashiell) drawing too and being able to distribute the ball. We got a lot of opportunities, a lot of shots and that's what we were looking for tonight," Head coach Amanda O'Leary said.

Florida (2-0) controlled the tempo on both sides of the field, leading the game in shots (31-13), ground balls (19-8), draw controls (13-8) and forced 10 turnovers in the contest.

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