This week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Oct. 9, 2006


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As the JU campus prepares for homecoming on Saturday, here is a recap of last week's games and a preview to what is in store for this week.



The football team didn't find many positives in North Carolina as the Dolphins dropped a 38-3 contest to Davidson and snapped a two-game road winning streak, Saturday afternoon at a rainy and cold Richardson Stadium.

Senior running back Jerry Brant rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries to lower his magic number to six to pass Jon Underhill for third on the JU all-time rushing list, while senior nose guard Ryan Young led the squad with eight tackles.

JU returns to the friendly confines of D.B. Milne Field as they host Dayton for Homecoming on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Women's soccer

After dropping their first three conference matches, the women's soccer team got back on the right track as they won a pair of A-Sun games at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Freshman defender Regan Riley scored a second-half goal to help the Dolphins down Campbell, 1-0, on Oct. 5.

Sophomore Keri Zwikker scored two goals a day later in the Dolphins' 2-0 victory over Gardner-Webb.

Senior Michelle Kmiotek recorded her career-best sixth shutout and had five saves to bring her career total to 276, which is one shy of tying program leader Renay Schock at 277.

This week, the Dolphins travel to Nashville, Tenn., for pair of A-Sun matches starting on Thursday. They open with Belmont at 7:30 p.m. before finishing with Lipscomb on Saturday at 2 p.m.


The Dolphins split a pair of matches to open the A-Sun schedule under first-year head coach Shaun Kupferberg.

They recorded a conference-record 23 blocks against East Tennesse State, but ending up falling to the Buccaneers, 3-2, on Oct. 5.

Melissa Merchant led the Dolphins with 12 blocks, tying the record for most blocks in a conference match set in 2003. The 23 total blocks by JU shatters the previous school record of 20 set in 1997 against Lamar.

Sara Bendorf had 14 kills to lead JU to a 3-0 win over Kennesaw State in A-Sun play on Oct 7.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday as they face crosstown rival UNF in the renewal of the SunTrust River City Rumble. First serve is set for 3 p.m.

Women's Cross Country

Junior Fallon Heffernan and freshman Alyssa Deal both finished in the top 10 to help the women's cross country team place fourth at the FSU Invitational on Oct. 7.

Heffernan was the women's top finisher for the second consecutive meet after placing sixth with a time of 18:50.34. Deal was four spots behind Heffernan in 10th place by recording a time of 19:02.72.

The Dolphins compete in their final regular season meet on Friday as they travel to participate in the Stetson Hatter Invitational at 5 p.m.

Men's soccer

The men's soccer team dropped two A-Sun matches on the road in North Carolina last week.

Campbell used two second-half goals to down the Dolphins, 3-1, on Oct. 5.

Sophomore Ramak Niakan safi scored his first goal of the season against the Camels.

On Oct. 7, Garder-Webb used a second-half goal and stingy defense for a 1-0 victory against the Dolphins.

Junior Anton Axelsson led the Dolphins by recording four shots.

The Dolphins return to the Ashley Sports Complex for two key A-Sun matches starting on Thursday. JU opens with Lipscomb at 7 p.m. before wrapping up with Belmont on Saturday.