2021 Schedule Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins

(Photo Courtesy of Jacksonville Athletics)

While it has taken a bit longer for teams and conference to get their schedules together for the 2021 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and various restrictions surrounding the virus, Schedule release schedule has finally begun!

The Jacksonville Dolphins are the tenth DI team and fifth in the SoCon to release their full 2021 schedule. The Dolphins come into the 2021 season after going 3-3 during the shortened 2020 season.

Jacksonville’s Full 2021 Schedule:

DateHomeAwayNotes
2/6JacksonvilleLimestone (DII)Scrimmage
2/10JacksonvilleBellarmineNon-Conference
2/13North CarolinaJacksonville
2/20MercerJacksonvilleNon-Conference (Savannah, Ga.)
2/28NavyJacksonville
3/6UtahJacksonville
3/14JacksonvilleDuke
3/21MercerJacksonvilleSoCon
3/27JacksonvilleVMISoCon
4/3JacksonvilleRobert MorrisCharlotte, N.C.
4/10JacksonvilleAir ForceSoCon
4/17RichmondJacksonvilleSoCon
4/24JacksonvilleBellarmineSoCon
5/1High PointJacksonvilleSoCon

Notes

  • Two non-conference games against ACC teams (Duke, UNC).
  • Features only one non-conference game against a conference foe (Bellarmine).

Games to Circle

2/10 & 4/24 vs Bellarmine: The Dolphins will welcome the Knights to the Sunshine State twice. Only the final meeting will count as a conference game. The two didn’t play last season due to the season getting cut short, but have faced off every full season in 2014. Jacksonville has won the past three contest and the all-time series is tied at three. However, their past two contests have been interesting and somewhat tight. In 2018, Jacksonville pulled away to win 9-5 after only leading 2-1 at the half. In 2019, the game was tied at six early in the fourth, but the Dolphins scored five of the final seven goals to win 11-9.

3/6 @ Utah: The Dolphins will make their first ever trip out to Salt Lake City this season to face the Utah Utes. The two squared off in the Moe’s Classic last season, where Utah took the 15-11 victory. Jacksonville was able to claw back from an early 6-2 deficit, but a 4-2 run in the fourth for the Utes sealed the deal.

5/1 @ High Point: Jacksonville ends the year on the road against High Point. During the last full season in 2019, the Dolphins faced the Panthers twice and went 1-1. Jacksonville won the first meeting, 12-10, in the regular season but fell, 17-3, in the SoCon semifinals. This game will likely have a big impact on the postseason, as we’ve seen with the final week of SoCon play in recent years.

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