Jacksonville Continues Top Flight Schedule By Hosting No. 3 Florida on Wednesday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Owners of perhaps the most challenging non-conference schedule in the nation this season, the Jacksonville women's lacrosse team returns to action at 7:00 pm on Wednesday night against No. 3 Florida. The Dolphins also welcome San Diego State to campus on Saturday at 12:00 pm. 

"Every game under the lights at Southern Oak stadium is exciting," said JU Head Coach Mindy McCord. "It's even better facing Florida, a top ranked team, in front of our home fans. There is not much we have to say to the team to get them excited for this game. It's always a game we look forward to."

"Our team always gets really excited for the UF game," added senior captain Ellyn Spangenberg (Chuoulota, Fla.).  "They are a really strong team and very talented, but I know if our team executes our game plan and comes out fast in the beginning it will be a competitive game."

The Dolphins are coming off a 15-7 win over Vanderbilt which received votes in the latest IWLCA national poll.  Senior Amanda Hurley (Columbus, Ga.) and junior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) each had four goals in the win as 10 of the 15 goals scored by JU came by players either from the state of Florida or Georgia.

Hurley was tabbed the A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week for her performance. Hurley's four scores against Vanderbilt came on four shot attempts and helped highlight an 11-0 run by JU that took control of the game.  Junior Brit Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) meanwhile was named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against No. 1 Syracuse and Vanderbilt. She earned the newly formed league's first weekly honor after posting six ground balls, four caused turnovers and six draw controls to go along with her two goals and assist.  

"The Vanderbilt game was a great win for us and we will use that momentum as we take on Florida," said senior captain Jessica Hotchkiss (Manlius, N.Y.). "We aren't focused on what a team's ranking is or how talented they are, we focus on us and on our love for the game and each other. I am so excited for us to go out and play a "perfect" game against UF."

Florida enters the game coming off a 5-3 win at No. 5 North Carolina last Saturday in which the Gators held UNC scoreless in the second half. The team also won an 18-13 exhibition game against Team England back on Jan. 24.

"They have a lot of weapons all over the field and so many great individual performers that every team that plays them has match up problems," said McCord of Florida. "We have had a great week of practice and feel confident in how our team is coming together. It is a great week of lacrosse for our seniors: Florida on Wednesday, up and coming San Diego State on Saturday and the Moe's Classic on Sunday. We are all fortunate to have these opportunities."

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