FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013
JU Geared Up To Open 2013 Campaign vs No.1 Syracuse Sunday Night
Ali Hoffman led JU with 66 points (39 goals; 27 assists) last season
Ali Hoffman led JU with 66 points (39 goals; 27 assists) last season

The Dolphins put their NCAA record breaking offense to the test as they host the top ranked Orange in the earliest regular season game in NCAA history

A new season in a new league.   It is a new era for Jacksonville women's lacrosse and the Dolphins are ready to prove they belong against the best in the nation.  After leading the country with an NCAA record 18.16 goals per game a year ago, JU has revved up it's schedule for 2013 starting off with 2012 national runner-up and Inside Lacrosse Magazine's preseason No. 1, Syracuse.

Earlier this week Jacksonville was featured in the Atlantic Sun Insider blog:

“We are thrilled about being a part of the Atlantic Sun Conference as the A-Sun’s newest sport, and it is very exciting to have an automatic bid,” said JU Head Coach Mindy McCord. “While certainly we are going to show up at the field on game day and do what we need to do to compete for the championship and the automatic bid, we also have to do everything we can to help the newer teams succeed as well.”

Read more about the Dolphins and from Coach McCord here on the A-Sun Insider Blog.

FIN FACTS

  • The Orange are one of three (No. 2 Florida, No. 5 Duke) preseason top five teams Jacksonville is hosting at home in 2013
  • The Dolphins also travel to No. 4 North Carolina
  • Junior Rachel Hannon (Annapolis, Md.) set an NCAA record with 131 draw controls last season
  • Hannon was named the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player and Defensive Player of the Year
  • Junior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) ranked 13th in the nation in 2012 with 3.2 goals per game
  • Jacksonville scored 20+ goals 10 times last season
  • Jacksonville's eight seniors on the roster have combined for 193 career starts

LIVE COVERAGE

A-Sun TV (Free Video) - Click on the JU logo at the top of the page and look for the video link will be available on the right hand side at game time.  Ray Carnicelli of @NorthFloridaLax will be calling all the action.

Audio (1010XL & 92.5FM) - Click on the listen live link on the top right of the page. Ray Carnicelli of @NorthFloridaLax will be calling all the action.

Twitter (@JUDolphins)

SCOUTING SYRACUSE

The Orange reached the national championship game last season for the first time in school history where it fell to Northwestern, 8-6. Coming off a 19-4 record in 2012, Syracuse returns 10 starters for head coach Gary Gait including preseason player of the year candidate Michelle Tumolo for 2013.

SERIES HISTORY

This is the first ever meeting between the two schools. 

UP NEXT

Jacksonville will host Team England in an exhibition contest at the Ashley Sports Complex on January 23 at 5:30pm.