Double-dipping Dolphins: JU men, women clinch regular-season conference lacrosse titles, No. 1 seeds in tournaments

Garry Smits
Florida Times-Union
Tyler Nolan of Jacksonville University fires a shot at the Mercer net during Saturday's Southern Conference game at Rock Stadium. JU won 17-5 to clinch the regular-season SoCon championship.

For the first time in Jacksonville University history, its lacrosse teams have clinched conference championships during the same season. 

The JU men’s team captured its first Southern Conference title on Saturday at Rock Stadium, routing Mercer 17-5 on Senior Day to finish with a 5-0 conference record and the top seed in the SoCon Tournament May 5-7 at High Point (N.C.). 

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The Dolphins (13-2) will play either High Point, Richmond or VMI in the semifinals. The remaining seeds will be determined after Richmond (3-1) plays host to VMI (2-2) and High Point (2-2) plays at Mercer (1-3).  

The Dolphin women’s team also had a no-stress route to its eighth ASUN regular-season title with a 20-7 victory over Liberty, in Lynchburg, Va. JU (11-3, 5-0) will host the ASUN tournament beginning on May 5 at 1 p.m. when it plays the fourth seed at 1 p.m. at Rock Stadium. 

The remaining seeds will be sorted out on Saturday when Liberty plays at Kennesaw and Coastal Carolina plays at Stetson. Liberty and KSU are tied for second at 3-1 and Coast and Stetson tied for third at 1-3. The championship match will be on May 7 at 1 p.m. 

JU has won five ASUN tournament titles on its home field, the last coming in 2018. 

Jackson Intrieri led four JU men’s players with two or more goals by scoring three times and keeper Luke Mullican had 10 saves. The Dolphins had an 11-2 lead at halftime and scored the first two goals in the second half. 

Jacob Greiner scored a goal in his 20th consecutive game and passed the 100-point mark for his career. Max Waldbaum had two asssits and has scored at least one point in 47 games in a row. 

The Dolphins are off until the tournament. 

“Today was another important first step for our program,” coach John Galloway told the JU athletics website. “We have a nice window now to get our bodies right and continue to hunt for improvements on and off the field.” 

The JU women were led by a 10-0 run in the second quarter to erase a 5-2 lead for Liberty. Jenny Kinsey scored three goals and Sarah Elms two during the run, and both finished the game with five goals. 

The Dolphins won their 26th consecutive ASUN regular-season game and their eighth in a row. They will play at Florida on Wednesday in their final regular-season game.