This week in Jacksonville Unversity Athletics

Nov. 7, 2006


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In this week's edition, we relive the women's soccer team winning the A-Sun Championship and other exciting results from last week, while looking foward to a busy week ahead on campus.



Senior running back Jerry Brant rushed for a game-high 210 yards and two touchdowns and the JU football team allowed only 10 points in the second half as No. 1 San Diego tallied its smallest margin of victory in 2006, 38-21, on Nov. 2 in front of 3,246 fans at D.B. Milne Field.

JU (4-5, 4-2) rushed for 240 yards as Brant tallied his second 200-yard performance of the season against the fourth best rushing defense in the nation (89.9 ypg). Brant needs 110 yards to surpass Emmett Hunter (2,349) for the top spot on the all-time list with one game remaining.

The Dolphins will conclude the 2006 season by hosting Drake on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field. The contest will determine second place in the PFL and will be the representative of the conference in the Gridiron Classic if San Diego earns a bid to the Division I-AA playoffs.

Women's Soccer Sophomore Keri Zwikker scored her 10th goal of the season, while senior goalie Michelle Kmiotek tallied her ninth shutout to help lead the women's soccer team to 1-0 victory over No. 2 Stetson to win the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on Nov. 4 in Kennesaw, Ga.

The Dolphins won three matches in just 49 hours to secure their first conference title since 2000 and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Kmiotek, who didn't earn an all-conference selection, earned tournament MVP honors after making 39 stops in three matches, including eight saves in the championship final against Stetson to record her program-leading 18th career shutout.

Zwikker scored two goals in the tournament to be named to the A-Sun all-tournament team, while sophomores Kirby Hutton and Angela Hulse also earned all-tournament accolades.

Earlier in the tournament, JU downed ETSU on penalty kicks in a shootout before handing No. 1 seed Kennesaw State its first home loss with 1-0 win on Nov. 4 to reach the tournament final.

The Dolphins will face No. 2 seed Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.

Men's Soccer

The Dolphins fell one match short of reaching the A-Sun Conferenc title game to wrap up the 2006 season.

Sophomore Ramak Niakan safi scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over No. 5 seed Belmont, but JU fell to No. 1 Stetson, 2-1, in the semifinals on Nov. 3.

Junior Anton Axelsson made the all-tournament team after scoring the lone goal against the Hatters.


The Dolphins fell twice in Nashville last week to end their five-match winning streak.

They fell to Lipscomb, 3-2, on Nov. 2 and ended their trip with a 3-1 loss to Belmont.

This week, the Dolphins finish the regular season at home against UNF on Thursday and at Stetson on Friday before heading to the A-Sun Tournament.

Women's Basketball

Junior forward Ashley Williams picked up where she left off last season by tallying a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the JU women's basketball team to an easy 76-47 win over Flagler College on Nov. 2 in JU's exhibition opener at Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins will conclude their exhibition season on Wednesdat at Swisher Gymnasium against Valdosta State on at 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball

After a few weeks of preseason practice, the JU men's basketball team, led by second-year head coach Cliff Warren, will open the 2006-07 season at Savannah State on Sunday at 4 p.m.

On the court, seniors Jesse Kimbrough (who was granted a sixth-year of eligiblity) and Ljubisa Vrcelj return for this final their final season with JU, while sophomore Marcus Allen looks for another great season after earning all-freshman team honors last season.

Men's Golf

Russell Knox carded a four-under par 68 as the Jacksonville men's golf team took second place behind South Carolina at the Charleston Southern Invitational.

Knox's 68 was his second straight and allowed him to finish the tournament at seven-under par, just three shots behind Western Carolina's Matt Cook.

The tournament wraps up the fall schedule for JU, with two titles and a runner-up finish in four events. The Dolphins spring schedule features two trips to the west coast as well as their title defense at the Atlantic Sun Championship in mid-April.

Men's & Women's Rowing teams The JU rowing teams took to the water for the first time in two weeks as the Men's Lightweight 8, the Men's Lightweight 4, the Men's Championship 4 "A" (Men's Varsity 4) and the Men's Club 8 (Junior Varsity 8) each earned a medal at The Head of the Chattahoochee, Nov. 4 on the Chattahoochee River.

JU will next compete in the Head of the South on Saturday in Augusta, Ga.