MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
WLAX Takes a Trip to the Swamp
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In their second straight game against a top ranked opponent, the Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse team will look to get in the winner’s column when it travels to Gainesville on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to face No. 4 Florida. The contest is scheduled for 5 p.m.
“Florida is ranked 4th or 5th in every poll” said Head Coach Mindy McCord. “They are led by some upperclassmen who have been stars for them over the years and some strong young talent. We hope to be a program that competes with them every year. Our top unit played well in the fall, but we have a lot to prove like handling the big game jitters. Our ability to just play confident lacrosse is a key. Florida is the perfect opponent for us to grow early in the year. I am counting on some of our players to rise up!”
JU’S LAST OUTTING
In their last outing, the Dolphins dropped their season opener to No. 3 Syracuse, 21-7, which received votes in IWLCA’s first weekly poll of 2014. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Wiglesworth nabbed Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Week honors for netting two goals in the defeat.
Senior attack Brittney Orashen also received conference accolades for her performance as she scored on a free-position shot while also recording three draw controls and causing two turnovers.
Assistant Coach Mikey Meagher served as a goalkeeper for the Gators from 2010-13. In her senior campaign she posted a record of 18-3 en route to sweeping Goalie of the Year honors as well as earning distinctions from the IWLCA, SynapseSports.com, WomensLax.com and ALC.
“I am very excited and grateful to be working with Jacksonville University” said Meagher. “I am learning a lot under Coach McCord and Coach Gallion every single day. The team has also made this experience amazing so far and I want the best for them all season long. They have an incredible work ethic. It will definitely be unfamiliar territory being on the opposite side of the field Wednesday night going against Florida. I absolutely loved my experience as a Gator but certainly looking forward to what is ahead of me as a Dolphin.”
In the all-time series, Meagher led Florida to a 3-0 advantage.
The Gators kicked off their season with a 20-8 loss to No. 1 North Carolina. Junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy scored four goals, including her 100th career goal as a Gator, and added an assist to lead the Gators with five points.
Last season, Florida crowned their programs four-year history with their third-consecutive ALC regular-season championship as well as their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Dolphins welcome Colorado to campus on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m.