This week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Sept. 25, 2006


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The Dolphins picked up three consecutive wins last week on the road.

They began the week with a pair of 3-0 victories over Savannah State on Sept. 19 and Charleston Southern on Sept.22. Sara Bendorf led the Dolphins offensive attack with 14 kills against Tigers and added 12 kills along with Melissa Merchant in the victory against Buccaneers.

Bendorf continued her hot pace by adding a season-high 24 kills and 16 digs to help the Dolphins defeat Coastal Carolina on Sept. 24.

On Friday, the Dolphins finally return home to face Florida Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. They will take on in-state rival Bethune-Cookman at Swisher Gym on Saturday to wrap up the week.

Men's soccer

The men's soccer team fell to former Atlantic Sun rival Florida Atlantic, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex. The Owls used a late second half goal to sink the Dolphins. Senior Tommy Krizanovic had two shots, while senior Chad Comroe recorded four saves.

JU opens the A-Sun schedule on Saturday at cross-town rival North Florida with kickoff set for 5 p.m. The Dolphins will be in search of its third consecutive Dennis Violett Memorial Cup against UNF and will also look to tie the standings in the second annual SunTrust River City Rumble battle.

Women's soccer

The women's soccer team fell in the conference opener to cross-town rival North Florida, 3-1, on Sept. 22 at the Ashley Sports Complex. The Ospreys scored two first-half goals to secure the win and gain an early lead in the second annual SunTrust River City Rumble standings. Sophomore Michelle Lavine scored the lone goal for the Dolphins on Friday night.

This week, the Dolphins travel to face Kennesaw State on Thursday at 7 p.m. They will finish the week in Johnson City, Tenn. against East Tennessee State at 2 p.m.


After warming up with two full-scholarship opponents to open the season, the JU football team found its stride with a dominating 31-7 win over Butler, on Sept. 23 in the Pioneer Football League opener at a stormy Butler Bowl.

Junior quarterback Chris Horton led the Dolphin offense by completing 9-of-17 for 156 yards and tied a program-record with four touchdown passes, while junior Nate Conner finished with 246 yards of total offense, including a season-high 64-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. On returns, Conner had a game-high 64-yard punt return and a 35-yard kickoff return.

The Dolphins return to state of Indiana on Saturday to take on Valparasio at 1 p.m.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team fired a final round 300 to hold off Troy University by one while Duncan Stewart won the individual title at the Raines Development Group Intercollegiate on Sept. 22.

Stewart carded a one-over par 73 in the final round to tie Jordy Haden from Troy and Stan Guerrero from Old Dominion at 213, three-under par. On the third playoff hole, Stewart drained a 32-foot putt for birdie to seal his second individual title of the season.

The tournament title in the 18-team event gives the Dolphins four straight regular season titles, with Stewart winning the individual title in each - including two playoff victories.

The Dolphins also earned a No. 6 national ranking by the Golfweek Performance Index.