FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011
Centered around homecoming, busy sports weekend at JU
With football homecoming as a centerpiece, the biggest weekend in the young school year is on tap with a variety of sports and sports-related events at Jacksonville University.

The red-hot football team, winners of five consecutive games, will meet Davidson Saturday at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field for homecoming. The Dolphins are in a battle with San Diego and Drake for the Pioneer Football League title and this week concludes a three-game home stand.

The sporting fun begins tonight at 7 when the women’s soccer team, currently second in the Atlantic Sun Conference, entertains cross-town rival North Florida at the Ashley Sports Complex. The Dolphins (10-5-2, 6-1) have already clinched a spot in the six-team A-Sun Conference Tournament and behind Florida Gulf Coast University which is 6-0-1 in the conference. The top-two seeds earn a first-round bye for the tournament which begins next week.

The men’s soccer team (7-5-2, 4-0-1), which has five wins and a tie in its last six matches and leads the A-Sun, plays host to the UNF men Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The two games are part of the Soccer Reunion Weekend which will feature a celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ashley Sports Complex. There will be an alumni soccer shootout Saturday at 10 a.m. and a luau following the men’s game Saturday night.

Prior to football, action shifts to the Negaard Rowing Center early Saturday as both the men’s and women’s rowing teams play host to the annual Alumni Race. The festivities begin about 8 a.m. and will include a variety of races on the St. Johns River.

The volleyball team begins the weekend on the road tonight at 7 at North Florida then comes home for matches both Saturday and Sunday.

Bethune-Cookman travels from Daytona Beach to take on the Dolphins Saturday at 5 p.m. and Florida A&M comes to town Sunday at 3 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse takes center stage following the football game Saturday as they host Florida Southern about 4:30 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.

The JU men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will host their third annual golf tournament on Oct. 24 at Deercreek Country Club. More than 20 teams will participate.

The tournament is a four-person scramble to raise money and awareness for the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. The event begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., followed by lunch, with prizes awarded for first and second place with several silent auction items available. There will also be a long drive contest, closest to the pin and a longest putt contest.