Jacksonville Bench Powers Dolphins to Win at Howard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by 17 points scored from the bench, Jacksonville closed out its season with a record setting performance in a 25-5 win at Howard. Senior Rachael Krell earned her third hat trick as a reserve and sophomore Holly Ventimiglia contributed six points in relief of Morgan Derner with four goals and two assists.

JU (11-4; 4-0 A-Sun) wrapped up an undefeated regualr season in A-Sun play as 11 players scored multiple points and 15 players scored for the Dolphins, including starting goal keeper Karli Tobin who knocked in her first ever goal a free position attempt.

Every player the Dolphins dressed saw significant minutes as the starting lineup helped build a significant 18-3 halftime lead, also a team record. Leading the way for the starting attack were sophomore Taylor McCord (3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points) and junior Ali Hoffman (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points).

"This was a game to feel good about JU lacrosse and each other contributing and enjoying our style of play," said JU coach Mindy McCord. "We did not allow anything to ruin the momentum of our play. When calls did not go our way we just forced turnovers. I think we forced 26 which is a tribute to how hard we all worked defensively. We cleared the ball well on this trip. 12/13 against Navy and 18/18 today. We are gearing up for the next level as a team. I am proud of our team during this trip. Each and every one of our players is a special player."

The game went back and forth throughout the first eight minutes with Howard tying the score at 22:36 on a Cynthia Smalls goal. JU them rattled off 18 consecutive goals in just thirty minutes to pull out to a 21-3 lead with 22:25 still remaining to play.

The Bison scored two of the games final six goals.

JU caused 13 turnovers and committed only 8 despite playing 26 different players for significant minutes.

"You just have to love the spirit of the team. We challenge them in practice and when they put their intensity and focus into their games great things are possible. Our freshman today were strong and confident and we are building for the future.

Freshmen Sally Holbert (2 assists), Kelsey Wiglesworth (1 goal, 3 draws, 2 caused turnovers), and Kelly Lacy (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points) led the effort from the youth movement. Defender Sam Bauer (2 ground balls) and Allie Colson (1 caused turnover). Five sophomores also contributed to the team effort.

"We are excited to return home and start preparations for the Atlantic Sun tournament at JU. We have a great group and we now know what we need to do to experience success in the tournament."

JU entered the game as NCAA leaders in caused turnovers and ground balls. Due in large part to the Dolphin system of pressure defense, JU caused the Bison to fail on 8/15 clear attempts.

JU hosts Kennesaw State at 1:00 pm on Friday in Southern Oak Stadium in the first semifinal game. Should the Dolphins be victorious they would play the winner of #3 Stetson vs #2 Detroit on Sunday at 1:00 pm.


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