Former Atlantic Sun foe Georgia State (5-0-0) and UNC-Asheville (0-4-1) will kick off the event at 5 p.m. before the Dolphins (1-2-1) take on the Stags (4-1-0) at 7 p.m. On Sunday, JU hosts UNC Asheville at 2 p.m. to finish the invitational right after the Panthers and Stags play at noon.
“We are excited to get back to playing this weekend,” said JU head coach Brian Copham. “We had a good week of training and hope to get back a few players from injuries. Overall, we are happy to be playing two games in a weekend and not having such a lull between matches. Playing twice in a weekend will help us get ready for the conference schedule.
“We have two good teams coming in to play us so we have to put together solid efforts against both of them to earn wins. Fairfield is a tough challenge for our team after knocking off a very good Yale squad on Tuesday. We turn around less than 48 hours to play UNC-Asheville, who is better than what its record shows. This weekend will be a very good test for us.”
The Dolphins look to get back on track after playing well against Duquesne on Aug. 29, but later falling in a 5-0 loss to No. 22 West Florida more than a week later.
Senior forward Keri Zwikker and freshman forward Jessica Hurtado are still in the team lead with two goals a piece, while sophomore forward Jelena Vrcelj has a team-high three assists. Freshman goalie Alexa Rooney has been holding down the posts with 23 saves in four starts.
The Panthers enter the JU Invitational riding their best start in school history after winning their first five matches. The Stags have won four in a row after dropping their season opener to St. John’s on Aug. 22, while the Bulldogs look for their first win of 2008 when they head to the First Coast.