Top Seed Jacksonville Rolls by Kennesaw State in Semifinals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Top seeded Jacksonville rolled to a 23-3 win over Kennesaw State on Friday afternoon to earn a spot in the Atlantic Sun Championship game on Sunday. The Dolphins will now face the winner of Detroit and Stetson.

Backed by one of the most lethal offensive attacks in the nation Jacksonville (12-5) jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening 6:30 and never looked back. First Team All-A-Sun selection Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) and Second Team All-Sun selection Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) and had two goals for the Dolphins during the opening spurt while A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.) helped set the stage with three of her game high four assists.

The Dolphins defense would do the rest as the unit which entered the game leading the country in caused turnovers and ground balls per game held the Owls without a shot attempt in the first half.

Holly Ventimiglia (Medford, N.Y.) would add a hat trick later in the half to help the Dolphins build a 17-0 lead at the break.

Kennesaw State (1-10) would get the on board five minutes into the second half on a goal.

Jacksonville senior Rachel Krell (Apopka, Fla.) ended the afternoon with a game high four goals, scoring three straight at one point in the second half.

Sunday's championship game will take at 1:00 pm.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The historic first season in Kennesaw State lacrosse annals came to a close as the Owls fell 23-3 to No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Jacksonville in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun tournament Friday at Southern Oak Stadium.

The more experienced and deeper Dolphins (12-5) took control from the outset and were never threatened in defeating the Owls (1-10) for the second time this season.

Kennesaw State was held scoreless in the first half and trailed 17-0 at halftime before finally breaking through when freshman Kylar Ferguson (Marietta, Ga./Sprayberry HS) scored her second goal of the season on a free position shot with 24:32 remaining. Freshman Taylor Southerland (Acworth, Ga./Harrison HS) scored her sixth goal of the season two minutes later.

A-Sun Conference Co-Freshman of the Year Senneca Ward (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh HS), tallied the Owls' final goal, scoring with 7:08 remaining to extend her streak of consecutive games with a goal to seven. It also was her team-leading 20th goal of the season and increased her season point total to 26.

Freshman goalie Beth Cochran (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS) played every minute in goal for Kennesaw State.

Head coach Kristina Llanes and her team will focus their attention to the 2014 season when they welcome 13 newcomers to the program.


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