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Florida and Jacksonville upset traditional teams on the same day:


No. 9 Hoyas Drop Decision to No. 14 Florida Game was stopped due to a rain delay


WASHINGTON – The No. 9 Georgetown University women’s lacrosse squad fell, 17-10, to the University of Florida Gators (5-1) Wednesday evening.  The game was delayed midway through the second half due to rain as the Hoyas trailed with 17:35 remaining.  Georgetown is now 0-2 on the season after playing a pair of ranked squads.


Goals from seniors Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) pulled Georgetown within three early in the second half.  Florida, however, managed three scores to make it 13-7 with 17:35 remaining.  A storm passing through the region forced the squads off the field as the game was delayed an hour.


The Hoyas came out of the delay fired up as juniors Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Kelly Barnes (St. Davids, Pa./Radnor) both scored to make it 13-9.  Florida answered with three goals and the run proved to be the dagger as the Hoyas ran out of time for a comeback resulting in the 17-10 decision.


Senior Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) put the Hoyas on the board to open the game, but the Gators’ Kitty Cullen answered with three-consecutive scores.  Goals from Kirr and sophomore Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) tied it at three, but once again Florida rattled off four more.


Georgetown’s Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) and Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) each closed out the half with goals, however, the Gators managed three to lead 10-5 at the break.


The Hoyas were outshot, 32-19, but had 14 ground balls to Florida’s 12. The Gators controlled the draw, 19-10, and the Hoyas committed 18 turnovers to Florida’s 17.


Senior Lauren Thomas (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) took the loss in goal with four saves, while the Gators’ Mikey Meagher was awarded the win with six saves to her credit.


The Blue & Gray will be back in action on Saturday as the squad hosts Duke University at Multi-Sport Field.The opening draw is set for 1 p.m.




Women’s lacrosse weathers the storm in rain-soaked win over Temple

JU moves above .500 with victory

Jacksonville, Fla.- Not even a lightning delay could deter the JU women’s lacrosse team as the Dolphins raced to a three-goal lead and held off a second-half surge by Temple to post a 13-12 win on Wednesday evening at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Freshman Morgan Derner continued her hot streak, scoring a career-best five goals on just five shots to lift JU to 4-3 on the season. Derner has 12 goals in her last three games, earning at least a hat trick in all of those contests for a team-leading 16 goals overall.

Temple scored nine second half goals but still dropped to 1-3 on the season. Charlotte Swavola recorded a hat trick as one of five Owls to score in double figures.

Fresh off being named the National Lacrosse Conference’s co-”Player of the Week,” sophomore goalie Karli Tobin made a season-high 12 saves to secure the win. The netminder turned aside six shots in the opening half and six after the break, forcing Temple into finishing just 2-of-12 on free-position shots.

Kayleigh Hynes, Ali Hoffman and Abigail Warnken scored the first three goals in the opening 14 minutes, allowing the Dolphins to hold a wire-to-wire lead. JU went ahead 7-3 at halftime thank to back-to-back goals from Derner in the final 1:20.

At the break, the teams cleared the field as lightning and heavy rains forced a delay of over an hour. When play resumed, Temple scored the first three goals to get to within one before Hynes scored the second of her two goals on an unassisted strike at 13:39 for an 8-6 advantage.

Derner added a goal off a free-position shot and capped her night with an unassisted goal in an 11-second span to put JU up, 10-7. After a Temple goal, Nikki Erdely, Derner and Hoffman scored three straight JU goals for a 13-8 lead with 4:28.

Hoffman registered her second career multi-goal game. The freshman attacker first accomplished the feat against Oregon. Kaitlin Stewart finished with two goals and an assist for a three-point night.

JU’s scoring barrage provided the needed cushion. Temple added three goal in the final 1:08 before losing its first road game of the year.

Tobin improved to 4-3 and has 23 saves in her last two contests.
The Dolphins will next be action against Louisville on Saturday in a neutral site game in Cumming, Ga. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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