FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
Men’s lacrosse faces difficult schedule for inaugural season
The JU men’s lacrosse program will face an ambitious schedule in its inaugural season, starting with the program’s first game against nationally ranked North Carolina on Feb. 6.

The Dolphins, who are the first and only Division I program in the state of Florida, are making a visit to nationally ranked Duke while having at least eight home games on the slate, including a visit from Rutgers.

“This is a tough schedule, but it’s one built to set the standard for this program in the years to come,” said JU head coach Matt Kerwick. “We are fortunate to have North Carolina at home for the program’s first game, which is going to be help expose people to the game for the first time.

“With the beautiful weather we have here year round, we have a lot of teams that want to come down to play. Our goal is to maintain a tough, competitive schedule that allows us to grow each season and attract the top student-athletes in the country to join our program.”

JU will open the season with two games at home, with Bellarmine coming to town on Feb. 13.

After a road trip to VMI on Feb. 27, the Dolphins will have five straight home games – starting with Mount St. Mary’s on March 2 and concluding with Manhattan on March 20.

The five-game homestand is followed by four of the final games on the road, with the Dolphins hosting Rutgers on April 10. Jacksonville will travel to face Robert Morris, Duke, Presbyterian and Hofstra in those four road games.