Jacksonville University’s women’s lacrosse doesn’t shy away from stiff competition. In fact, they truly buy in to the sentiment to be the best, you have to compete against and beat the best and this is why the Dolphins are taking a trip to Durham, N.C. on Sunday, March 16. Defeating No. 10 Duke at noon will not be an easy feat for the team but it can be done.
Last season, JU welcomed the Blue Devils to D.B. Milne, outshot the visitors 24-21, had a 17-12 edge in groundballs and narrowly dropped the contest by a score of 10-7. That game was the sole meeting between the two.
“Duke is a top-10 team and they play very well at home,” said Assistant Coach Paul McCord. “We are excited for the road trip and we want to continue building on the Duke-JU rivalry. We have been building a lot of momentum by playing much better lacrosse over the past five games. We are literally 1-shot off of winning all five games. I don't think we have played our best lacrosse yet. We have a lot of players coming on strong.”
JU’S LAST OUTING: ATTACK
The Dolphins improved their all-time series record over Longwood to 3-1 after defeating the team 22-8 last Saturday. JU scored ten unanswered goals in the first three minutes of play and never allowed the Lancers to close the gap.
Ten different Dolphins found the back of the net against Longwood … The 22 goals scored are currently a season-high … Season-high 24 draw controls also matches the all-time record set in 2011 vs. Vermont and 2012 vs. Presbyterian … Held Lancers to a season-low 13 shots.
Recording her third multi-score game of the season with four goals notched on Saturday earned Taylor McCord Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Week honors. She also added three assists and five groundballs to help lead the Dolphins with victories over Michigan and Longwood.
Duke (5-3) is currently on a two-game win spell, capped by a 21-2 victory over Davidson last Thursday. Kerrin Maurer guides the Blue Devils offense as she leads the team in both goals (26) and assists (13) while All-American defender Taylor Virden leads the way in draw controls (24) and caused turnovers (13).
“We have to continue our focus on improving by the day,” continued McCord. “This week of practice is important not because we play Duke, but because there are many days for our players to learn, grow and continue improving our units. We honestly cannot focus on practicing for Duke so much as practicing to be the team we need to become. Jacksonville Dolphins lacrosse is its own unique style and in our first two games we were not using our style to our benefit. Lately we have been. There have been a lot of great women's lacrosse games this year and I am sure this will be another one.”