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Previewing Jacksonville’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

After a good 2018, the Dolphins hope to break through and win the SoCon in 2019.

Dave Rosenblum

The Jacksonville Dolphins are the seventh team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the first team from the Southern Conference. The Dolphins finished 8-7 in 2018 and 5-2 in SoCon play. Jacksonville made it to the SoCon title game but fell to Richmond in overtime.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Jacksonville’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/19 North Carolina/Florida Tech (D2) Jacksonville Scrimmages
1/25 Tampa (D2)/Embry-Riddle (D2) Jacksonville Scrimmages
2/2 Jacksonville Detroit Mercy
2/9 Duke Jacksonville
2/15 Marquette Jacksonville
2/23 Michigan Jacksonville Moe's Lacrosse Classic, First meeting since 2015
3/2 Drexel Jacksonville First ever meeting
3/8 Jacksonville Towson In Charlotte, NC, First meeting since 2012
3/10 Jacksonville Penn State In Charlotte, NC, First ever meeting
3/16 Jacksonville Bellarmine SoCon
3/23 High Point Jacksonville SoCon
3/30 Jacksonville Air Force SoCon
4/6 Richmond Jacksonville SoCon
4/13 Jacksonville VMI SoCon
4/20 Furman Jacksonville SoCon
4/27 Jacksonville Mercer SoCon

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .445
  • Nonconference: .541
  • SoCon: .349

Circle These Dates

  • 2/15 (vs. Marquette): Jacksonville clawed back from a three-goal halftime deficit to tie things up with in the fourth quarter. But Marquette’s John Wagner won things with seven seconds left in regulation in Wisconsin. Both teams look to compete for their respective conference titles and are two of the more young and trendier programs in college lacrosse.
  • 2/24 (vs. Michigan): The Moe’s Lacrosse Classic includes the Wolverines, who had a very good season under Kevin Conry. After a second half to a season that featured upset road wins over Notre Dame and Penn State, Michigan hopes 2019 is the season they make a larger impact in the Big Ten.
  • 3/8 (vs. Towson in Charlotte, NC): An interesting addition to their schedule is a weekend in Charlotte where the Dolphins will take on Towson and Penn State. The Tigers are first and had a disappointing 2018 after reaching Championship Weekend two years ago. The defense improved throughout the year, especially from Shane Brennan, but the offense was a young unit. They should be better against a Dolphin defense led by Dixon Smith and goalie Hunter Sells.
  • 3/10 (vs. Penn State in Charlotte, NC): The second opponent is Penn State, who will get a much-needed boost on offense in the return of Grant Ament. The Nittany Lions were a bubble team last season and had a few games where they could’ve pulled out with a win. But with Ament back in the mix, maybe this is the year Penn State can win an NCAA Tournament game.
  • 4/6 (vs. Richmond): I expect the SoCon to be decided between two teams: Jacksonville and Richmond. Air Force and High Point should give those two teams a run for their money, but the Spiders have been one of the more consistent teams in the conference since they entered the Atlantic Sun in their inaugural season back in 2014. Richmond took both games last season, including the SoCon title game.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.