Jacksonville Tops Detroit, Secures Share of A-Sun Crown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Not even a 45-minute lighting delay could slow down Jacksonville on a memorable Senior Day on Sunday afternoon. The Dolphins claimed at least a share of the Atlantic Sun regular season crown by capping a celebration of their first four-year senior class with a 16-2 win over Detroit.

JU (10-4; 3-0) has now won three straight league titles, including the inaugural A-Sun championship this season.

Senior Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) scored three of her four goals in the first 10 minutes of action as part of a 6-0 run to start the game. Junior Brit Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) also had two of her goals during the stretch which helped the Dolphins jump out to a 10-1 lead at halftime.

The scoring continued for JU in the second half before the game was halted due to heavy rains and lighting with 22 minutes remaining. When play finally resumed the Dolphins showed no signs of rust as they put the finishing touches on their 10th victory of the season.

Junior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) added three goals and an assist while sophomore Taylor McCord (Jacksonville, Fla.) chipped in a pair of goals and three assists.

The Dolphins travel to Navy next Friday before finishing the regular season at Howard on Sunday. JU will then play host to the A-Sun Tournament April 26-28 at Southern Oak Stadium.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (4/14/2013) -- University of Detroit Mercy fell 16-2 to the Jacksonville Dolphins from D.B. Milne Field in Atlantic Sun Conference action Sunday afternoon. It was the first conference loss in three games for Detroit in game that included a small lightning delay in the second half.

Jacksonville (10-4, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) tallied the first six goals of the game before Erin Campbell (Orangeville, Ont./Orangeville) scored her 27th goal of the season for Detroit (3-12, 2-1 A-Sun) taking a pass from Kylie Birney (Plymouth, Mich./Ladywood) with 18:35 left in the first half.

Another four goals from Jacksonville and it was a 10-1 lead for the Dolphins. The score would remain the same until the break with the Dolphins holding a 24-4 shooting advantage and a 27-14 edge in ground balls while the Titans were only down by a 7-5 margin in draw controls.

In that first half of play, Megan Callahan (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista Community) tied a first-half high with five ground balls and Amanda Guthrie (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs) grabbed three.

In the second half, Jacksonville added six straight goals to make it 16-1 before Detroit added a late tally from Birney who recorded her 13th goal of the season from the free position with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

That would be how the game would end as the Dolphins outshot the Titans 39-10.

Callahan would finish with a game-high six ground balls along with four caused turnovers. Guthrie picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers while Britany Busch (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic) added a pair of caused turnovers. Morgan Miller (North Royalton, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) also had four ground balls for Detroit.

Despite the loss, Titan goalkeeper Lexie McCormick (Peterborough, Ont./St. Peters) made a career-high 19 saves playing the full 60 minutes.

Detroit will play its next contest on the road at St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y. on Wednesday with game time set for 4:00 p.m.


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