Previewing Jacksonville's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Jacksonville Dolphins are the fifth team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the third team from the SoCon. Jacksonville finished 7-7 overall in 2021 and 4-2 in SoCon play. The Dolphins fell to eventual SoCon champion High Point in the SoCon Semifinal.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (2/5)
Marquette Golden Eagles (2/19)
Denver Pioneers (2/26)
UMass Lowell River Hawks (3/19)
St. John's Red Storm (3/26)
Hampton Pirates (4/18, new SoCon conference member)
North Carolina Tar Heels (18-7 L)
Navy Midshipmen (13-6 L)
Robert Morris Colonials (16-15 L)
CIRCLE THESE DATES
2/19 vs. Marquette: Last year, Jacksonville was 7-7. They won all their games they should've won and lost the games they should've lost. The epitome of a .500 team. This year, the meeting at home against Marquette is a game that could go either way. The Dolphins bring back leading scorer Jack Dolan as well as Jeremy Winston up top at midfield, plus add Tufts grad transfer Max Waldbaum down at attack. The Golden Eagles can be a stingy team, especially on defense which is led by Mason Woodward.
3/6 vs. Utah: The Jacksonville Lacrosse Classic has become a great event for the Jacksonville lacrosse community, that includes the high school scene down south. JU and Utah will meet in this event for the second time in three years, with the Utes taking the 2020 matchup. Should be a great event as it always is (and has been televised on tape delay on CBS Sports Network), and let's hope the weather is nice too.
4/2 vs. High Point: High Point defeated Jacksonville in their regular season and postseason matchups, both coming in the span of five days. In the SoCon Tournament game, the Panthers scored 10 straight after the Dolphins scored the opening goal. It felt over, but Jacksonville scored eight of the next nine goals to make it a game again with five minutes to go. The scoring ended and JU's season was over.
4/23 vs. Mercer: With Air Force now in the ASUN, expect this game to perhaps decide the three and four seeds in the SoCon Tournament (assuming High Point and Richmond are the top two seeds). Jacksonville won both meetings, the first coming in Savannah, GA in a non-con game, and the teams will meet twice once again (non-con meeting also in Savannah). The Dolphins have won five straight games against the Bears.