Women’s Lacrosse Falls to #13 Vanderbilt

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The Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team returned home from a road trip and fell to nationally ranked Vanderbilt University on Saturday, March 5.

Despite freshman attacker Morgan Derner’s second consecutive hat trick this season, it wasn’t enough to knock off the Vanderbilt squad Saturday at D.B. Milne Field. Junior Attacker Kayleigh Hynes registered two goals in the performance to try to help the Dolphins’ chances.

The JU Women’s Lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord expressed that the team showed great effort Saturday.

“I was very pleased with a solid effort against a highly ranked team, we did some positive things on attack and defense,” Head Coach Mindy McCord said. “We must focus on our fundamentals and become more detail oriented to beat top 15 teams.”

The Commodores is the highest-ranked team JU has ever gone up against in its two-year history. Vanderbilt’s Katherine Denkler scored a game-high five goals, which helped Vanderbilt get to a 4-2 record.

The Dolphins did have a first-half lead at one point but fell to their best competition, from a ranking standpoint, in the end. The team is now on a two-game losing streak entering their next contest.

Sophomore Karli Tobin had a career high 11 saves that game and hopes to have a similar performance entering the next game.
“Karli played her best game of the season by far,” McCord said.

The next contest will be home Wednesday, March 9 against Temple at the Ashley Sports Complex.