THURSDAY, MAY 02, 2013
Jacksonville Faces Siena On ESPN3 In MAAC Semifinals on Friday
ESPN3 will broadcast all three games of the MAAC Tournament. Follow the links below to tune into the live action from Buffalo
2013 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championships:
Friday, May 3
(Semifinal #1)- Marist vs Detroit 4:15pm ESPN3
(Semifinal #2)-Jacksonville vs Siena 8:00pm ESPN3
Sunday, May 5
(Championship)-Semifinal #1 winner vs Semifinal #2 winner 1:00pm ESPN3
Jacksonville looks to continue the finest season in school history this weekend at the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. Having already established a school record with eight wins, the Dolphins now aim to build upon a MAAC Regular season Co-Championship.
The Jacksonville line-up has won six of the last seven and eight of the last 10 overall. The Dolphins success comes from a balanced attack that features five players with over 20 points, but none with over 30. Seven players have scored at least 10 goals yet no one has over 18.
Jacksonville leads the MAAC averaging just 14.58 turnovers per game while forcing a league best 11 turnover per game during conference play.
“We try to play to our strengths by taking care of the ball and playing for a high percentage shot,” said Head Coach Guy Van Arsdale. “We try to stay disciplined about what we do and when we share the ball we are pretty effective.”
Jacksonville is 1-3 all-time against Siena. The Dolphins won the regular season meeting this season, 11-10 in overtime in Jacksonville. Senior Cam Mann scored the game tying goal with three minute left, then scored the game winner in overtime.
The Road Now Belongs To Us
In Jacksonville’s first three years as a program the Dolphins combined to win four road games. Using that past experience the team has grown and learned what it take to become a tough road team. This season the Dolphins are 4-1 on the road to match the number of road victories from the first three years combined.
Mann Among the Nation’s Active Career Assist Leaders
Senior midfield Cameron Mann enters this weekend tied for 17th nationally with 68 career assists. Mann, who also has 69 career goals to his credit, was selected as a preseason honorable mention All-American by the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook. Last year he became the first player in school history to record over 100 career points.
Jacksonville Moving To the Newly Minted A-Sun in 2014
The Dolphins will join the newly minted A-Sun men’s lacrosse league in 2014 with Mercer, Furman, High Point, Richmond and VMI.
The Dolphins have shown success on the field has transformed to success in the classroom. This fall 19 players had a semester GPA of 3.0 or better while the team has posted a 2.89 cumulative GPA.
Tyler Turns Them Over
Junior defender Tyler Black was a two-time MAAC defensive player of the week this season and ranks second in the league with 28 caused turnovers and fifth in the nation with an average of 2.33 per game.
Jacksonville University prides itself on being a trail blazer in the lacrosse community. In 2010, the Dolphins became the first Division I men’s and women’s program to sponsor the sport in the state of Florida.
Now with both programs just in their fourth season the University is starting to what the sport can do for the Institution
Jacksonville is one of only five schools in the country to win regular season conference championships in both men’s and women’s lacrosse. The Dolphins women’s team also won the Atlantic Sun Tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The men aim to do the same this weekend.