Monday, May 25, 2009

2010 JU Lacrosse Schedule Packs a Punch, But What Kind of Punch?

ThE 2009 NCAA Lacrosse season is over and Syracuse was crowned the national champion. Watching the game on Memorial Day only got me more hyped for the inaugural season for JU lacrosse at the Division 1 level. The schedule was just released last week and it definitely will offer a challenge to Matt Kerwick and his young bunch next season:


2/13/2010 BELLARMINE

2/27/2010 at VMI
Lexington, Va.
3/2/2010 MOUNT ST. MARY'S


3/10/2010 YALE

3/13/2010 SACRED HEART

3/20/2010 MANHATTAN

3/27/2010 at Robert Morris
Moon Township, Pa.
4/3/2010 at Duke
Durham, N.C.
4/10/2010 RUTGERS

4/17/2010 at Presbyterian
Clinton, S.C.
4/24/2010 at Hofstra
Hempstead, N.Y.

The schedule offers a nice mix of powerful teams in NCAA lacrosse along with some teams in the lower-tier of Division 1 that will allow for some competitive games for JU.

According to rankings, JU will play two teams in the top seven in the country. The first of those teams will come in the first game for the Dolphins when they take on North Carolina. I do not believe that their schedule will be as difficult as some people will say however.

The combined record of all 13 teams Jacksonville plays next year is 91-108, which averages out to about a 7-8 record. Five of the 13 teams have a winning record, with two of the teams (Manhattan & Robert Morris) in the bottom half of the country in the rankings. Any team that has already been playing d-1 college lacrosse would find this schedule fairly easy.

I'm not here to say that this will be an easy schedule or even a decent schedule, because for a team with mostly freshman, a few transfers and some kids that could make it from the club team, their heads will be spinning from the competition. Most of the teams on the schedule are not used to playing teams that they know they will be better than. It sucks to say it, but the Dolphins will struggle this year as they get adjusted to life as a division 1 team. All the tools are in place for this team to succeed eventually, but everyone takes their bumps and bruises in their first season so it will be nothing to be ashamed of.

It is something that I am excited to be apart of next year, one way or another!

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