TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
Women’s lacrosse records largest single-season improvement in LaxPower rankings
The JU women’s lacrosse team posted the largest single-season improvement in Division I, according to LaxPower’s computer rankings. The Dolphins gained 32 points in the ratings, finishing the current season ranked 46th after placing 78th in the team’s inaugural 2010 campaign.

The 32-spot improvement was by far the largest out of 90 teams in Division I. Canisius had the second-best showing, moving up 18 spots.

In just the second year of the program, JU finished 2011 with a 14-5 record and its first-ever regular season National Lacrosse Conference championship. Under coach Mindy McCord, the Dolphins improved from an 8-11 record in its first season to finishing nine games over .500 and earning a spot in the NLC championship game in May.

“We are very excited to be considered the most improved program in Division I women’s lacrosse,” McCord said. “In only the second year of our program, we are very proud of the steps our team has taken to become a top-level national program.”

The Dolphins used a high-powered offensive attack to finish the season with the top-rated scoring offense in the country. JU scored 308 times in 19 games for a 16.21 goals-per-game average that led all Division I teams. McCord’s team joined Stanford, Maryland and national-champion Northwestern as one of just four programs to crack the 300-goal mark.