The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team will take on the Jacksonville Dolphins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 9 in Gainesville, Fla. The game is set to be played at Donald R. Dizney Stadium at a time still to be determined. The winner of the first round game will face the fourth seeded Florida Gators.
“Familiar foes help us prepare for what’s to come,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “There should not be any surprises in our travel schedule or what we plan to do moving forward. Hopefully we get the chance to face both of the teams in our region.”
The Pioneers opened the NCAA Tournament last year against Jacksonville, winning 14-7 on May 10, 2013. Denver fell to Florida 16-5 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. It was the only time the Pioneers have faced either school in program history.
“Jacksonville is a good opponent,” said senior Meredith Harris. “I’m looking forward to facing them. It’s going to be another battle next weekend. We’ve talked a lot as a squad about playing our best lacrosse in May and it looks like that is happening for us. We’re looking forward to playing another week.”
Denver is currently on a school best 16 game winning streak. The Pioneers claimed the MPSF Tournament Championship for the first time in school history following a 14-11 win over No. 18 Stanford on Sunday morning.