Dolphins Sail Past Titans to Win Atlantic Sun Championship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Top-seeded Jacksonville collected the Atlantic Sun Women's Lacrosse Championship Crown for the second year in a row after defeating Detroit 18-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Dolphins scored the first goal of the game as A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Orashen netted the goal in the first 30 seconds of play. JU scored two more with Taylor McCord and A-Sun Player of the Year Morgan Derner helping the Dolphins to the early 3-0 lead.

Jacksonville went into the half with a 12-2 lead as Taylor McCord registered a hat trick in the first half, while A-Sun Championship MVP Asia Moore picked up five saves. McCord added two assists in the first half for a total of five points in the half.

Moore finished the game with six saves in the win and allowed only two goals in the entire championship after she recorded a shutout in JU's semifinal win vs. Stetson.

McCord finished the match with four goals and three assists to land on the A-Sun All-Tournament selection, while Brittney Orashen joined her with a goal and two assist in the championship game. Twelve Dolphins scored in the game with five players coming off the bench to record a goal. Freshman Kristen Ridenour and senior Kelly Baisey also secured All-Tournament honors for the Dolphins.

Jacksonville tallied 27 ground balls in the match compared to Detroit's 15 ground balls. McCord picked up a team-high four ground ball, while Ridenour and Kristen Purdy finished the game with three each.

Detroit's Lexie McCormick finished with six saves between the pipes, while teammate Annie Mendoza scored two goals to grab All-Tournament honors.

JU advanced to 14-5 on the year, while Detroit fell to 5-13 overall. The Dolphins will figure out where they land in the NCAA Tournament tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on NCAA.com's live selection show.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Jacksonville University are two-time Atlantic Sun Champions and have earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Topping the University of Detroit-Mercy by a score of 18-4, JU added more hardware to its already stacked collection.

"It's incredible," exclaimed Head Coach Mindy McCord. "We are so excited the Atlantic Sun worked so hard to get the automatic bid for our conference and just helped the growth of the sport. We are thrilled that we get the opportunity to compete as one of the top teams in the country. I can't even explain it. It's just so great for all of our players and especially our seniors."

In the semifinals, the Dolphins knocked in the first goal of the game in the first forty seconds of the contest. In Sunday's championship, the team continued its lightening ways as Brittney Orashen gave the Fins a 1-0 jump 33 seconds in (29:27).

UDM halted the eventual 3-0 JU scoring run on an Erin Campbell goal but it wasn't enough to derail Jacksonville's scoring train (24:07). Over a span of six minutes, the Dolphins erased the Detroit goal and added another when Taylor McCord sent in her second score of the game, 5-1, on a free-position shot with 18:46 remaining.

It's not likely to see a defender in the scoring stat line but senior Kaylee Quint wasn't concluding her collegiate career without tallying a score.

"Kaylee played midfield for a little bit in high school. She's actually a really good attacker but we need her on defense. She made a great cut, Taylor hit her and she drew the foul. We were really pumped when she landed the shot."

Seconds after the team was awarded a man-up opportunity, Quint scored her first career goal to make the score 10-1. Jacksonville entered the break with a 12-2 advantage.

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