MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
By Air or By Sea: Jacksonville Hosts Wagner on Wednesday


Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse will play host to the Seahawks of Wagner University on Wednesday, March 19 with faceoff set for 1 p.m.

The contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two. Thus far JU is 2-1 on the season in first time meetings with wins over Michigan and Colorado and a double-overtime defeat to James Madison.


The Dolphins (4-4) are coming off a 17-6 loss to No. 10 Duke last week. Midfielder Kelsey Wiglesworth accounted for two of the six JU goals scored and also grabbed a draw control and groundball.

Duke scored 12 seconds into the contest and used an 8-0 run to distance themselves from the Dolphins by the 22:00 mark. Wiglesworth netted JU’s first goal on a free position shot but the Blue Devils continued to pressure the Fins to ride a 12-2 advantage at the half.

The Dolphins opened the second period with another score by Wiglesworth, 12-3, but wouldn’t be able to close the gap any further.


Collectively, the Dolphins are starting to come into their own and are piecing together elements of success. With the 19th best scoring offense in the nation, JU also places 4th in groundballs (185), ninth in draw controls (122) and 10th in points (157). 


A tight 11-10 victory over conference rival Stetson evened the Seahawks to 3-3 on the year. Sophomore Stephanie Peterson recorded three goals in the contest including the game-winner with 2:22 remaining in regulation.

Completing their two-game Florida Spring Break trip on Wednesday, Wagner will have its hands full against the high-octane Dolphin offense. The team typically gives up 10.5 goals per game and Jacksonville clocks in with 13.75. However, JU will have to be extra careful with each possession as the Seahawks have caused a whopping 84 turnovers this season.

Leading a balanced attack, sophomore Shea Gegan directs the team with 11 goals and six assists while three of her teammates are recording six or more scores. Gegan also plays well on the other side of the ball with a team-high 13 caused turnover and 17 draws to go alongside 12 ground balls.


Following Wednesday’s game, the Dolphins will face Kennesaw State in their first conference game of the season. First draw with the Owls is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 at 4 p.m.