LEXINGTON, Va. -- After opening the 2013 season with eight of the first nine games on the road, the Virginia Military Institute men’s lacrosse team finally returns to Lexington on Saturday, taking on Jacksonville University, which is currently tied for first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 3-0 in league play.
The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m., will now start at noon on VMI’s Drill Field #2, located on North Post.
Fans unable to make the trip to Lexington can follow the action through alive stats link. Frequent updates will also be available through the team’s Twitter account, @VMILacrosse.
Parking for Saturday’s Game:
Parking will be permitted at the Paulette Hall lot, Marshall Hall lot and Jordan’s Point lot. Fans parking at Jordan’s Point can enjoy a nice walk to the stadium via Saunders Field Road or the Woods Creek Trail. Handicap parking will be available above the field, but require a handicap parking tag or hanger. At no time will vehicles without a handicap parking tag or hanger be permitted to drive on the trail above the field. Parking on Anderson Road or along Saunders Field Road will NOT be permitted, by order of the VMI Post Police.
Accessing Drill Field #2:
Fans parking at Paulette Hall or Marshall Hall can access the field by a set or railroad tie stairs. We ask the fans walking along Drill Field #1 stay to the far left of the field, walking along the wall. There are multiple sets of bleachers available for the comfort of fans in attendance. Those parking at Jordan’s Point can either take the Woods Creek Trail, which will bring them above Drill Field #2, or by walking down to Paulette Hall and using the railroad tie stairs. Please stay the left of the red painted line on Drill Field #1.
Pets will NOT be allowed on any of the Drill Fields, but will be permitted along the Woods Creek Trail above the fields.
Drill Fields #1 and #3:
We ask that fans please refrain from walking on either of the grass drill fields. Only Drill Field #1 will be permitted for access, and then only the left-hand side of the field to access the game field.
A recorded video-on-demand encore presentation of the game will be available on the Big South Network free of charge. Viewers can access the complete game video after the contest onwww.bigsouthsports.com. The game will be listed under “Athletics”.
A concession trailer will be available at Saturday’s game, located above Drill Field #2 near the pavilion. Aramark will be selling Pepsi products, coffee, hot dogs, chips, peanuts, candy and other tasty game treats.
Weather.com predicts that tomorrow’s temperatures will be in the low 60s, with mostly sunny skies. Winds are expected to be around 11 miles per hour, coming predominantly from the northeast.
Saturday’s game will be just the fourth meeting all-time between VMI and Jacksonville on the lacrosse field. The Dolphins hold advantage of the series at 2-1. The series is split in Lexington 1-1 after VMI won the first meeting in 2010 10-9, followed by a 13-12 Dolphin victory.
Last season, the series had its third-straight game decided by one goal as Jacksonville prevailed 13-12 in overtime at D.B. Milne Field in Florida. The Dolphins took advantage of a late-game lightning delay to mount their rally.
Not only has each game in the series been decided by one goal, but the two teams will be meeting at the fourth different field in series history. In the initial meeting, VMI won at what is now known as Fiorini Field, located behind the location for the 2011 contest, Foster Stadium. Last season, the Dolphins hosted VMI for the first time at D. B. Milne Field. This year, the two will meet at Drill Field #2.
This year’s meeting will be the last between VMI and Jacksonville as members of the MAAC. Next season, the Keydets and Dolphins will play lacrosse in the Atlantic Sun, which serves as Jacksonville’s main conference affiliation.