2022 Schedule Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins

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The Jacksonville Dolphins are the fifth DI program and third in the SoCon to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule, doing so on Wednesday evening. The Dolphins are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 7-7 overall (4-2 SoCon) and ended their season in the conference semifinals.

Dolphins’ 2022 Schedule:

2/5Johns HopkinsJacksonville
2/27Air ForceJacksonville
3/6JacksonvilleUtahJacksonville Lacrosse Classic
3/19UMass LowellJacksonville
3/26JacksonvilleSt. John’s
4/2JacksonvilleHigh PointSoCon

New Opponents

Denver, Duke, Marquette, Hampton, Johns Hopkins, St. John’s, UMass Lowell, Utah

Team’s Dropped

Navy, North Carolina, Robert Morris

Key Games

2/19 vs Marquette: The Dolphins home-opener comes against a program in which they have a good bit of history with in the Marquette Golden Eagles. Last playing in 2020, Jacksonville came up victorious, 11-9, to break their four-game losing streak against the Big East program. Marquette holds a 4-3 lead in a series that has seen all but two contests decided by one or two goals.

4/2 vs High Point: The Dolphins and Panthers faces each other in their regular-season finale last season with High Point claiming a 16-11 victory. The two then met a week later in the conference semifinals where the Panthers again won, 11-9 to advance to the SoCon title game. Jacksonville trailed in the all-time series, 9-3, and has failed to beat the Panthers each of their past three meetings.

4/9 vs Richmond: While the Dolphins have come close, most notably falling by one-goal, 11-10, in the 2018 SoCon title game, they have never beaten Richmond in program history with an 0-8 record against the Spiders. Jacksonville lost 14-7 to the Spiders last season. As has been the case in recent years, this game could very well be a preview of a postseason meeting with both the Dolphins and Spiders coming into the season with such aspirations.

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