THURSDAY, MARCH 01, 2012
Both JU teams featured in lacrosse-athon
A weekend full of lacrosse, a lacrosse-athon, if you will, begins Friday on the JU campus when D.B. Milne Field will play host to four Division I men’s games and one Division I women’s game in five days.

The Dolphins (1-2) entertain Michigan Friday at 3:30 p.m. to start the weekend and Sunday will have a triple-header involving both Dolphin teams. Saturday is a practice day for all teams involved and the action winds down Tuesday when Mercer and Holy Cross tangle.

JU coach Guy Van Arsdale says it is a unique opportunity for area fans.

“There are probably a half dozen of these situations that happen throughout the year but not a lot,’’ he said. “This is tough to do. It’s tough to play a game, have a day in between and play another game. At this level, it is really tough to do.’’

The idea behind the lacrosse-athon is the ability for teams to get in quality games in short order.

“Michigan being a new program was looking to get south to get some games on their schedule as they were coming in as a Division I program,’’ Van Arsdale said. “Mercer can get on a bus and get two games in and it’s really cost effective so it’s a win-win all the way around for all four programs.’’

The Wolverines (0-4) are a first-year program but Van Arsdale is wary of what he sees.

“They’re a very dangerous team,’’ he said. “They’re pretty and have great facilities. I’m not sure there has ever been a first-year program that stepped into the lacrosse scene with more notoriety and more support from their institution than what Michigan has done. They’ve got some very, very good players and every game they are getting better and better and they’ll continue to do so.’’

Van Arsdale thinks his team will be at a bit of a disadvantage Sunday against Holy Cross (1-2).

“We’re a little under the gun because we play Michigan Friday and Holy Cross doesn’t play,’’ He said. “They have a week to prepare for us and we have one day to prepare Holy Cross. As a coach that’s the first thing you start to worry about. They beat Hartford in overtime and Hartford was an NCAA team last year and that was off Holy Cross only winning two games last year.’’

The JU women will be part of Sunday’s triple header as they will play St. Joseph’s at 12:30 p.m.

The JU men’s games will be on LAXX.tv and the JU women will be on asun.tv this weekend.

LACROSSE-ATHON SCHEDULE

Friday: 3:30 p.m. – Michigan vs. JU

Saturday practice: Michigan 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.; JU women 9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; JU men 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Joseph’s women 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; Holy Cross 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Michigan 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday: Michigan vs. Mercer, 10 a.m.; St. Joseph’s vs. JU women, 12:30 p.m.; Holy Cross vs. JU men, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Holy Cross vs. Mercer, 1 p.m.