Curtis Lands First Team All-Atlantic Sun Distinction
Austin Curtis and Tyler Black (Photos Courtesy of Harry Archer)
Austin Curtis and Tyler Black (Photos Courtesy of Harry Archer)

MACON, Ga. – For the second year in a row and spanning two different conferences, Austin Curtis of the men’s lacrosse team has played his way onto a league’s first team. A year after being on the All-MAAC First Team as a sophomore, the junior defender has this year been named First Team All-Atlantic Sun in a vote of the conference’s head coaches. Senior long stick midfielder Tyler Black also was honored, making his way onto the Second Team All-Atlantic Sun.

Jacksonville’s leader in caused turnovers this season with 13, Curtis has been a defensive stalwart in each of his three seasons in the Green and Gold, starting every game in 2013 and 2014. In addition to his disrupting habits when opponents are on the attack, he’s also picked up 16 ground balls this season.

Black paces the Dolphins with 39 ground balls this season and has caused seven turnovers. Though relied on more for his physicality and defense, he’s also scored a goal this season at High Point.

A total of four players from JU were named Academic All-Conference, tied with VMI for the most from any institution.  Sophomore Ray Banister (Marine Science), senior Pete DeLuca (Biology), junior Quint Miller (Marketing) and junior Rob Wertz (Mathematics) all carry a GPA above 3.30 in addition to playing key roles with the Dolphins.

Jacksonville needs two wins this weekend to make its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history. The Dolphins will get started with an Atlantic Sun semifinal matchup with High Point on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. from Macon, Ga.