Jacksonville Jumps on Vanderbilt Early, Wins 15-7
Amanda Hurley scored four goals on four shots Sunday as
Jacksonville downed Vanderbilt, 15-7.
from staff reports
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville women's lacrosse team beat Vanderbilt, 15-7, on Sunday by running out to an 8-1 halftime lead to cruising to its first win of the season at JU's D.B. Milne Field.
It was the season opener for Vanderbilt and the second game of the year for the Dolphins, who opened the NCAA women's season on Jan. 13 with a 21-8 loss to Lacrosse Magazine's preseason No. 2 team Syracuse.
Junior attacker Morgan Derner and senior attacker Amanda Hurley scored four goals each for the Dolphins, while goalkeeper Karli Tobin stopped nine Vanderbilt shots. Also posting multi-goal games were sophomore Holly Ventimiglia with three goals and sophomore Taylor McCord with two goals and two assists.
The Commodores, out of the ALC, got on the board first when senior Carly Linthicum scored less than three minutes into the game, but the Dolphins would shut down Vanderbilt for the remainder of the half.
After tying the game in ninth minute, Jacksonville scored the next seven goals — including one with less than two seconds remaining — to take an 8-1 advantage into the break.
The second half began in a similar manner with Jacksonville scoring the first three goals of the period to take a 10-goal lead with 24 minutes to play. By the time Vanderbilt began to find a rhythm, it was too late.
Vanderbilt junior Abby Wheeler scored in the 39th minute as the teams began to trade goals over the game's final 20 minutes. Linthicum would score four more goals in the second half to lead all scorers with five goals, two of which were assisted by classmate Courtney Kirk.
Commodores senior goalkeeper Chelsea Pasfield made a career-high 11 saves behind the Commodore defense, and was credited with a team-high three ground balls — a mark matched by freshman Amanda Lockwood. Junior captain Alyssa Dunlap led the Commodores with two caused turnovers.
Replacing a total of nine seniors from last year's squad, Vanderbilt coach Cathy Swezey went with four freshmen starters — Ashlin Dolan, Mallory Schonk and Kelly Chandler in the midfield and Alexa Kunowsky on attack. Kunowsky scored a free position goal with 12 minutes remaining in the game.
Jacksonville outshot Vanderbilt 30-20 and won 16 draw controls.
Jacksonville this season also beat Team England, 12-11 in overtime on Jan. 23. The Dolphins are playing in the new Atlantic Sun conference with league members Detroit Mercy, Stetson, Howard and Kennesaw State.