Jacksonville Claws Past the Wolverines

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Unwavering defense allowed Jacksonville to come out on top with a 15-7 victory over Michigan on Saturday night.

"Holly Ventimiglia really led us out strong with three goals in the first nine minutes," said Assistant Coach Sarah Gallion. "We needed to do a little better on the shooting end, the percentage was a little low but we met our goals on possessions with our caused turnovers and draws. Overall, we did a great job pressuring their team on their clears to give ourselves a lot of extra chances. We're getting the opportunities but now we just have to focus on finishing."

The Dolphins came out of the gate scoring and never let up the entire 60 minutes. Seconds into the contest, Kelsey Wiglesworth (Towson, Md.) flicked a pass to Ventimiglia (Medford, N.Y.)in front of the net and she slashed it in for the first goal of the game. The Dolphins tacked on two more in the next few minutes to cap a 3-0 stretch before Michigan got on board with a free-position shot (23:11).

Outscoring the Wolverines 6-3 to head into halftime with a 9-4 advantage, the Fins suffocated Michigan to limit their scoring opportunities. While JU posted 20 shots, they played well both on and off the ball to allow the Wolverines to recorded a paltry eight shots in the half.

Coming out of the break, Ventimiglia laced her fourth score at 28:17 and the team denied any semblance of a comeback with five more unanswered goals to hold a 15-4 lead near the midpoint of the frame. The Wolverines mustered their best scoring sequence to close the game with three scores but the final goal just before the closing horn capped the contest at 15-7.

Ventimiglia finished with five points on her four goals and an assist. Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.) also recorded five points on three goals and two assists while Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) added three goals and an assist for four points. Kaylee Quint (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Chelsea Watts (West Long Branch, N. J)caused three turnovers each and Jess Worcester (LaPlata, Md.) grabbed a game-high six draw controls.

Jacksonville edged the Wolverines 38-23 in ground balls, draws 15-8, and forced 23 turnovers 13 of which were caused.

The Dolphins are now 3-3 on the season and return to action March 8 against Longwood at 11:00 a.m.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michigan could not overcome a 6-0 Jacksonville run at the start of the second half, eventually falling to the host Dolphins, 15-7, on Wednesday (March 5) inside Southern Oak Stadium.

Freshmen Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) each tallied a pair of goals, while freshman goalkeeper Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) made a season-best 13 saves in net. Angerman also added two assists to finish with a team-high four points.

Jacksonville got on the board first, scoring just 20 seconds in to the contest. Less than four minutes later, the Dolphins increased their early lead to 2-0. On the ensuing draw, freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) came up with possession and once U-M entered its attacking third, Angerman was quickly awarded a free position, which she converted at the 23:06 mark.

The Dolphins scored back-to-back goals just 24 seconds apart to push their lead to four, 5-1, with 21:17 remaining in the first half. Off the draw, Angerman scooped up the ball and passed it across field to freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport), who ran straight up the left side and beat JU's goalie high to make it 5-2 at 21:06.

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