Jacksonville Runs by Buffaloes to Pick up First Win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The third contest was the charm as Jacksonville University earned its first victory of the season in a 20-13 thumping over Colorado on Saturday afternoon. Attackers Morgan Derner and Taylor McCord each recorded five goals in the contest while Ali Hoffman contributed four.

"It was great to come up with our first win of the season," said Head Coach Mindy McCord. "Our attack had strong teamwork with lots of contributors. We will use this win to continue to build momentum into the week."

Also posting a multi-score game was sophomore midfielder Kelsey Wiglesworth who netted two goals to go alongside two assists. She also led JU's defensive efforts with six draw controls. Senior attacker Britt Orashen also had a noteworthy performance as she played well on both sides of the ball with a goal, an assist and a game-high four caused turnovers.

Three Buffs finished with two goals but Marie Moore and Katie Macleay lead the team on a pair of hat tricks. In the net, keeper Paige Soenksen recorded 15 saves.

Tying four ties in the first 20 minutes of the game, it wasn't until the 10 minute mark of the first half that the Dolphins seized control of the scoreboard. With ten seconds left in the period, Derner ripped in a free-position shot to give the Fins a slight 10-6 lead at the break.

A strong offensive showing leading to three unanswered goals to start the second half, two by Hoffman, built JU a 13-6 advantage less than three minutes in. There was no lack of scoring from either side as the teams went in offensive spurts to close the game. Instead of trading a single goal, they traded 2-0 and 3-0 runs.

In the end, JU suffocated the Buffs scoring opportunities while knocking in a pair of their own to crown the victory.

For the second game in a row, goalkeeper Asia Moore, in her first collegiate win, recorded 10 saves.

Next up, James Madison rolls into town on Saturday, Feb. 22, for an 11:00 a.m. match-up.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The University of Colorado lacrosse team faced an early test in just its second game of the inaugural season, falling to Jacksonville 20-13.

The Buffaloes started strong, taking a lead at 3-2 and forcing a tied game on four separate occasions, though 4-4 would be the last time the teams would sit in a draw. In the final 10 minutes of the first half, the Dolphins built on a 6-3 scoring run to take a 10-6 lead into the break. The Buffs would pull within four once more, with three straight goals cutting the JU lead to 15-11, though they could never slow the Jacksonville attack.

Splitting the games in their Florida road trip, the Buffs are now 1-1 in their young season. Jacksonville, who has received votes in both the IWLCA preseason and week 1 polls, improves to 1-2 after dropping its first matches to No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 Florida.

"I think it was a great opportunity for our program to play a good team in Jacksonville, and at the end of the day, we're excited about how we competed and played throughout the whole game," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "I thought our kids fought back. They played hard. We made a few little mistakes that we need to clean up in order to win tight games like that, but we'll fix those. The hard work that they put in and how they battled for 60 minutes, that stuff we can't change overnight, so we're excited that they came out and had that from the beginning."

Jacksonville outshot Colorado 41 to 24 and grabbed twice as many ground balls (30 to CU's 15). The Buffs were five of 10 in free position shots, while the Dolphins were five of nine. CU goalie Paige Soenksen grabbed 15 saves in the game.

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