JU plays Kennesaw State at 1 p.m. Friday, with the championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Team Coach Mindy McCord is hoping fans fill the stadium.
“This is the first year the winner gets a bid to the NCAA tournament,” she said. “We need all the ‘Fin-Fan’ support possible.”
McCord said the team is “incredibly excited” to host the inaugural A-Sun women’s lacrosse championships at JU.
“To be able to play in such a great facility at Southern Oak Stadium and give our fans a stadium spectator experience for our championships is something that really elevates this event,” she said.
McCord said the championship punctuates a tremendous effort and vision the school had five years ago to add men’s and women’s lacrosse.
“We graduate our first recruiting class this year, and these amazing student-athletes have built the successful culture of JU women’s lacrosse as three-time conference champions in four years,” she said. “They’ve helped our 32 members stand out with a 3.6 team GPA, a real example of the leadership this group of eight seniors will leave behind. JU has been a trendsetter for the growth of lacrosse in the South.”
JU’s senior women’s lacrosse team members are Jess Hotchkiss, four-time Co-Captain; Rachel Hannon, four-time Co-Captain; Ellyn Spangenberg, four-time Co-Captain; Karli Tobin, three-time Co-Captain; Abbie Warnken; Rachel Krell; Amanda Hurly; and Nicole Albino.
“This ia a true group of visionary leaders who remained from the first year of the program to build a legacy,” McCord said. “They have set the bar high on and off the field, and we are so excited they will be able to play at JU for this tournament and celebrate and walk at graduation in their final year.”