The matchup against Team England will mark the second straight year the Dolphins have played a national squad. Before the start of the 2011 campaign, JU faced the U.S. U-19 women’s national team in Orlando, Fla, losing a competitive game by a 12-10 margin. The U.S. squad went on to the win the U-19 World Championship.
Team England finished fourth in that tournament and has posted second-place finishes at the 1989 and 1993 Women's Lacrosse World Cup. The squad is touring the United States and will also play Florida among other collegiate opponents.
“We always want to start our season with a test and this year we have another great challenge,” JU coach Mindy McCord said. “It will be a thrill to see how we compare against a talented group. Team England employs a strong attacking style and features some of the best players in the game.”
The Dolphins will make history with the game as the contest marks the first international lacrosse exhibition to be played in Jacksonville.
JU will try to parlay the experience into a strong start in the regular season. The Dolphins will face the Gators in the season opener on the road on Feb. 15 before traveling to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Vanderbilt four days later.
The Dolphins finished last season 14-5 overall and captured the National Lacrosse Conference regular season championship, building on an 8-11 showing in the program’s inaugural 2010 effort. JU will be returning every single top-10 scorer from a unit that scored 308 times in 19 games for a 16.21 goals-per-game. That output led all Division I teams.
- By Brian Bohl