This week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Aug. 22, 2006


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The wait is finally over. It's time for another exciting year in the Jacksonville University Athletics program. The fall teams have been on campus for the last two weeks battling through their preseason camps and are ready to embark on the 2006 season. Here is what is on tap for this week....


The Dolphins open the 2006 season on the road, when they travel to compete in the University of Louisville Invitational starting Friday as they open the tournament against Missouri-Kansas City at 5 p.m. They take on the host Cardinals on Saturday at noon before finishing the tournament against Jacksonville State at 5 p.m.

In 2006, the Dolphins will be led be first-year head coach Shaun Kupferburg. Kupferburg comes to JU after a five-year stint as head coach at Northwest (Wash.) University where he led the program to three consecutive winning seasons. On the floor, the Dolphins returns four players that saw some time in the starting lineup last season, but lose three key players from the team that won the conference tournament in 2004.

Men's soccer

After winning two of three exhibition games, the Dolphins are set to open the 2006 season at the UNC-Greensboro Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. They begin the tournament with the host and nationally ranked Spartans on Friday at 7 p.m. and end with Elon on Sunday at 3 p.m.

JU returns eight starters from last year's team that finished 7-10-2 in 2005, while earning a berth in the A-Sun tournament. Among the starters returning are senior Tommy Krizanovic, junior Anton Axelsson and sophomore Patrik Werner, who each earned all-conference accolades last season.

Krizanovic, who scored a career-high 17 goals in 2005, recorded seven of the Dolphins eight goals during their three exhibition games.

Women's soccer

The Dolphins have a tough test ahead of them to open the 2006 season. They travel to face Georgia on Friday at 7 p.m.

In 2005, the Dolphins finished 8-10-3 and earned their second consecutive A-Sun semifinal berth.

JU returns 11 starters from the 2005 squad including sophomore forwards Keri Zwikker and Michelle Lavine. Zwikker earned A-Sun "Freshman of the Year" honors after leading the team and conference with 17 goals. Lavine gained second team all-conference and all-freshman accolades by ranking fifth nationally in assists per game.


On Friday. Aug. 18, the Dolphins completed in their first intersquad scrimmage They will host their second scrimmage on Thursday in the final week of preparation before the home opener against Gardner-Webb on Saturday Sept. 2, at 12:30 p.m.

The Dolphins were picked to finish fifth in the Pioneer Football League Coaches Poll. JU return six starters on both sides on the ball that helped the Dolphins finish second in the PFL South division last year. The Dolphins will face a daunting schudule this season with six games on the road and be looking to capture their first PFL Championship.