Dolphins ready to make NCAA Tournament debut
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville women’s lacrosse team is primed to make its NCAA Tournament debut this Friday (May 10). The Dolphins have been selected for the Gainesville Regional and will face No. 11 Denver in the opening round. The winner will advance to face No. 2 Florida on Sunday.
Jacksonville (13-5) earned an automatic bid by winning the inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in dominate fashion last weekend. Averaging 16.17 goals per game, the high-powered Dolphins attack will bring the nation’s top ranked offense to Gainesville next week. But offensive fireworks are not all the Jacksonville team is about. The run-and-gun style of play has help guide the squad to a No. 24 ranking in the latest LaxPower.com computer ratings system while producing 13.44 caused turnovers and 25.72 ground balls per game, both first in the NCAA this season.
The Dolphins are 1-0 all-time against Denver. Jacksonville posted a 10-7 victory in February of 2011 behind three goals from current junior Nikki Erdely.
Denver (17-2) received an at-large bid after falling 7-6 to Stanford in the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday. The Pioneers are ranked second nationally in caused turnovers per game with 12.18 and seventh in scoring with 14.71 goals per contest. They have three common opponents with the Dolphins this season. Denver defeated Vanderbilt 10-9 on Feb. 16 after Jacksonville won 15-7 over them on Feb. 3. The Pioneers faced Winthrop on March 8 winning 17-5, two weeks later on March 22 the Dolphins won 24-6. Denver also faced San Diego State on March 29 recording a 13-9 win. Jacksonville also defeated the Aztecs winning 15-5 on March 16.
The game time for the first round match-up will be announced in the next few days.
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