JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a two-week hiatus from competition, the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team was back in action Saturday afternoon on a cool day at D.B. Milne Field for their ASUN Conference opener against Stetson University. The Dolphins (6-0, 1-0) saw contributions from players up and down the roster in their 21-7 win over the Hatters (0-4, 0-1), as nine different players scored in the game and six recorded multi-goal efforts.
“Our draw unit was strong again today. For the first time all season, it was everyone getting the ball,” said head coach Mindy McCord. “I think we won two-thirds of the draws and that is huge for us. We played a lot of attack today. That’s how you win at this game, time on attack!”
“I like how our attack settled in after the first 10 minutes. They can play that way all the time if they click together. They also rode very well today, and the ride was very fun to coach this afternoon. Not too much coaching took place, they moved very well! Our defense also posted a strong afternoon, which is is something we work very hard at to be a specialty for us.”
Despite several early scoring opportunities by JU, the Hatters scored the first goal of the afternoon at 21:48 to briefly lead before Sarah Elms evened the score less than 50 seconds later. Grace Hobson extended her scoring streak to four games moments later, scoring unassisted to make it 2-1 after the Dolphins maintained possession on shot that went wide.
Mackenzie Boyle got in on the action near the midway point of the first half, picking up a ground all immediately after a Stetson save and firing a strike into the net to make it 3-1.
The Hatters made it a 3-2 game with a goal at the 14-minute mark but Alyssa Arnold responded with the Dolphins’ answer, converting a free-position shot to make it 4-2. A few minutes later, another Hatter foul resulted in a free position try for Molly Brock that found the net to extend the JU lead to 5-2.
Megan Prescott and Brock scored back-to-back goals in a matter of 20 seconds to make it a 7-2 game before Stetson scored two of their own to get back within three at 7-4 before Elms scored her second goal of the afternoon to once more make it a four-goal contest.
Jenny Kinsey scored a pass from Grace Hobson to make it 9-4 in favor of the Dolphins before Elms recorded a hat trick in the final two minutes of the half to make it a six-goal game at 10-4. Stetson was able to score before the intermission as the team’s went to the locker room with the score at 10-5.
It was all Jacksonville in the second half of play, as the Dolphins scored 10 unanswered goals to begin the period and build a commanding 20-5 lead. Arnold got the second half scoring started when she scored on a pass from Kinsey for her second goal of the day at 26:42. Elms and Boyle teamed for a goal shortly before Madeline Cloyd joined the action on a pass from Hobson to make it a 13-5 game.
Arnold notched a hat trick with 20:51 remaining before Kinsey scored her second of the day less than 30 seconds later, with both assists going to Hobson as the lead swelled to 15-5. With 19:45 to go, the Dolphins kept their foot on the gas, as Arnold scored her fourth of the day followed Brock to further extend the lead to 17-5. Cloyd found pay dirt again with 16:31 to go, scoring on a pass from Zoe Macrae to make it an 18-5 game.
The Jacksonville run continued as Elms scored her fifth goal of the game at 13:27 courtesy of Arnold to lead by 14 at 19-5. Boyle found the net for the second time in the game with just over seven minutes to play, as the Dolphins now lead 20-5.
The Hatters scored a pair of goals in the final five and a half minutes of play but by then the game was already well in hand. Kenedy Cooper concluded scoring matters in the game for JU, scoring the first goal of her collegiate career in the waning moments of play to finish off the 21-7 win.
Elms scored five times with nine shots on goal while picking up three ground balls to go with a caused turnover and a draw control, while Arnold turned in a four-goal, two-assist effort with two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Brock turned in a three-goal outing to go with two ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Kinsey, Cloyd and Boyle had two goals each and combined for two assists, six ground balls and two draw controls. Hobson had four assists to go with her goal while Prescott and Kennedy had a goal each.
The Dolphins will once again have a short break in their schedule before heading back on the road to face Furman in Greenville, South Carolina on April 16 at 6 PM.
With her two tallies, Rotella became the sixth player in Stetson history to record 100 career points.
The Hatters (0-4, 0-2) locked up in a good defensive battle with the Dolphins (6-0, 1-0) throughout the first half. Neither team produced a goal for the first eight minutes until Camden Frissora broke through for Stetson at the 21:48 mark. Jacksonville scored the next three goals, but Rotella’s first marker of the game with 14:00 to go in the half sliced JU’s lead to 3-2.
The Dolphins led 7-2 when Roe and Jacklyn Lavoie tallied back-to-back goals to pull the Hatters within three. Roe scored her second goal late in the first half as JU led 10-5 at the break.
Rotella and Taylor Zuberer scored Stetson’s lone tallies in the second half. Zuberer added two assists for a team-high three points.
Sarah Elms led the Dolphins with five goals.
The Hatters will return to action on April 16 at Wofford.