JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse program announced its 2022 spring schedule on Friday afternoon. The season will consist of nine home games and seven road games. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Dolphins are set to host the ASUN Conference Championship Tournament.
JU finished the 2021 regular season with a stellar 11-1 overall record and a 3-0 conference record before entering the ASUN Championship Tournament in Kennesaw, Georgia. There the team captured its seventh ASUN Conference Championship, fourth in a row, and earned its seventh bid to the NCAA Tournament.
JU defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of the Tournament, 20-12, to move onto the second round for the first time in program history. The team’s impressive run came to an end after the Florida Gators defeated the Dolphins in the Sweet Sixteen.
This year, the Dolphins face tougher opponents from power-5 conferences including; Virginia Tech, Southern California, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Harvard. The contests against Virginia Tech and Harvard will be the first recorded meeting in program history.
“We are thrilled for a top notch schedule that will prepare us to push further in our growth as a team to contend as a top NCAA program,” Head Coach Mindy McCord said. “We are excited to play in the US Lacrosse facility in Maryland and a neutral site location in North Carolina.”
The first six weeks of the regular season are matches against non-conference opponents, beginning with Virginia Tech in the home-opener on February 12. To open ASUN play, the Dolphins travel to Coastal Carolina for a contest on April 1.
Building on the success of last year, the Dolphins are focused on capturing another ASUN title and making a deeper run into the NCAA Tournament. 97 percent of last year’s roster has returned with the addition of nine freshmen and four transfers.
Expected to lead the team to new heights is the veteran trio of Molly Brock, Jenny Kinsey and Sarah Elms. Brock ended the previous season with ASUN Defensive Player of The Year and ASUN All-Conference first team honors, Kinsey was tabbed as ASUN Preseason Player of the Year and also landed a spot on the ASUN All-Conference first team, while Elms was ASUN Women’s Lacrosse Player of The Year and was recognized by USA Lacrosse Magazine for her success on the field.
The three are joined by a handful of fifth and sixth year athletes, including two more All-Conference First Team members; Casey Sullivan and Alyssa Arnold, and three Second Team selections; Dayna Martinetto, Beth Cornelius and Lauren Phillips.