Dolphins Blow Past William & Mary, Welcome No. 6 Duke


Led by senior Amanda Hurley and sophomore transfer Taylor McCord, the Dolphins got their fourth straight win by defeating William & Mary 20-14 this past Friday at D.B. Milne Field.
Hurley scored five goals for JU while McCord added four goals, three assists and three ground balls.
“It was really a hard transition but the team is really family-oriented and that has made it easier,” said McCord, who transferred from Florida. “They are so accepting. It wasn’t hard to find my place within the team.”
Hurley now has 15 goals on the season, despite only having 21 total a year ago, as she rounds out her career at JU.
“I think it’s being more a mature player and paying more attention to my defender,’’ said Hurley. “Getting that extra step, working with speed, coach Paul (McCord) has helped us get an extra step on our defenders and I’ve got to give it up to our low attackers feeding to us. They give us those nice passes that we need; our feeding and cutting has stepped up this year.’’
The duo of Hurley and McCord teamed up twice on scoring plays for JU.
“She’s [Hurley] just unstoppable and two lefties on the field is hard to beat especially when you have the chemistry we have,’’ McCord said. “I read her easily; we make the eye contact and I know what to expect when I catch the ball and I know I am going to look for her back-dooring.’’
Brittany Orashen, Ali Hoffman and Morgan Derner helped JU get out to an early 3-0 lead. The Dolphins took the lead all the way to halftime, where they sat ahead of William & Mary, 11-7.
Eight straight goals from the Dolphins to start the second half all but sealed the game for JU.
Hurley scored four of her five during the 8-0 run by JU, giving the Dolphins a 19-8 advantage.
William & Mary returned the favor as the Tribe accounted for seven of the games last eight goals, giving JU a bit of a scare.
“We were doing the job getting the ball and taking care of it on our attacking end [to start the second half],’’ said Dolphin head coach Mindy McCord. “In the very end when we were trying to get some people, some experience and we’ve got to do a better job with team defense with our younger players. They’re on this team; we recruited them and they need to show that.’’
Derner finished up the game with three goals and three caused turnovers. Hoffman had three assists and Chelsea Watts had three caused turnovers and four draw controls. Orashen led the team in draw controls with six with Kelsey Wiglesworth right behind her with five.
Up next for the Dolphins, the No. 6 ranked Duke Blue Devils head to D.B. Milne Field. The opening face off is set for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.