Dolphins Celebrate Spring Break with Win vs. Marist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Spring break is a time for rest and relaxation for most, but for Jacksonville 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."

Jacksonville returns to action at home on Friday against Winthrop at 4:00 pm.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Marist lost in the first game of its two-game Florida road trip by a 17-7 margin at Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon. A fast start by the Dolphins served as the deciding factor in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Sophomore Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes' offense with three goals scored. Senior goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) made 12 saves to backstop the Red Fox defense.

The high-scoring Dolphin team, who led the NCAA in 2012 with 18.16 goals a game, jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes over the visiting Red Foxes.

Sophomore Lexi Brannigan (Loudonville, N.Y.) got Marist on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally at 19:37.

After seven scoreless minutes of action, Jacksonville would notch the first of five consecutive unanswered goals at 12:14 to go up by an eventual 8-1 mark.

Right before the half, junior Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) found Brannigan for her second goal of the half to make it an 8-2 game at the break.

The teams would play an even eight minutes over the opening portion of the second half; each team registered two goals. For the Red Foxes Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and Viscount netted goals at 27:24 and 22:13, respectively.

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