via press release, photo via JU web site
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the fourth time in five seasons, the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team will play in the NCAA Tournament. The reigning ASUN Conference champions earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance this past Sunday, and drew Southern California in the opening round later that evening.
The matchup, which will see JU and USC compete for the first time ever, will be held at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium Friday at 4 p.m. on the campus of Florida.
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JU’s Last Outing
Jacksonville captured its fourth ASUN Conference Championship title with a dramatic second half comeback over the top-seeded Coastal Carolina this past Sunday.
En route to their 11-10 victory, where they trailed 6-3 at the half, six different Dolphins scored. Rachel Aus and Jody Julmice provided a spark of the bench to snake a pair of shots between the pipes, while Ashtyn Hiron registered a hat trick.
In the closing minutes, CCU went 0-for-3 on free-position attempts — one was saved by Dolphin goalie Sydney Matthews – and a turnover with 30 seconds remaining sealed the game.
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Scouting the Opposition
The Trojans (16-3) are two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champions in the midst of a 10-game winning streak.
The team is led by IWLCA All-American Michaela Michael who has recorded 71 goals and 17 assists on the year. Goalie Gussie Johns manages a 7.52 goals-against average with 113 saves in 19 starts.
The winner of Jacksonville/USC will advance to the second round of play to take on No. 3 Florida. Game time at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium is set for Sunday, May 14, at 12 p.m.