JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University women’s lacrosse has signed an agreement making Maverik and Cascade Lacrosse the official equipment suppliers for the program beginning in the fall of 2017. Believed to be the best equipment agreement in the sport based on product and service provisions, the companies and program have also entered into a marketing partnership.
“Jacksonville University started lacrosse to be leaders in the south. We are still the only Division I school that sponsors both men’s and women’s lacrosse in the state of Florida – a state with almost as many high school teams as Maryland,” said Head Coach Mindy McCord.
“We are a part of the growth of the game; it’s not just about JU for us. It is about the bigger picture of pioneering our sport. Playing lacrosse differently and building innovation is one of our goals. Choosing to be positive and putting the team first are huge components. It’s not about being a star to us; the team is the star. Maverik and Cascade feel the same way.”
Details of the agreement are confidential.
Since starting the women’s program at Jacksonville in 2010, McCord has led the Dolphins to a 108-46 record, including a 33-1 record in the ASUN Conference since 2013 when the league began sponsoring women’s lacrosse. During that span, Jacksonville has earned at least a share of the regular season title every year, been crowned ASUN Tournament Champions four times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), and gone on to the NCAA Tournament each of those years.
Along with its team successes, the Dolphins have had 43 All-ASUN honorees, including eight ASUN Player of the Year selections (three Player of the Years, four Defensive Player of the Years, one Freshman of the Year).
The Dolphins are the only women’s collegiate lacrosse team south of New York to collaborate with Maverik, and just the sixth women’s collegiate team, joining fellow Division I institutions Columbia, Harvard, and Colgate, along with Division III powers Middlebury and Tufts.
“Being a Maverik school means that our program now plays with the upstart name in women’s lacrosse. Their rapid ascent mirrors ours – the rebellious feel of the underdog is our story, too. We are not a program that is interested to fall in line. Entering year nine of our program, we are not a program that any top-10 team or Power-5 school can take lightly,” added McCord.
Pioneering fast break, no-stall lacrosse since 2011, Jacksonville first made a splash in 2012 after setting the single-season NCAA scoring record with 18.22 goals per game prior to the shot clock and new legislation era. The Dolphins have continued to set the pace with 16 NCAA statistical championships, including four scoring championships and two caused turnover championships.
“Maverik entered the women’s product market in 2014 with mixed success, but they have made some major investments in technology and learned from their initial product runs. Now their heads and handles are the best performing, lightest pieces on the market and have outstanding durability. They are poised to breakout and so are we,” McCord remarked.
“We have placed our orders for custom handles, which will be the most creative and free-flowing design in the sport, Axiom and Erupt heads, goggles, gloves for those trips north, bags, and shooting shirts. We will be fully custom Maverik all the way this year and we couldn’t be more pleased!”
Jacksonville recently announced the lacrosse facility campaign, which is currently 65 percent funded. The combination of the facility campaign and the new equipment agreement will help position the lacrosse programs to continue competing at the top level of Division I.
Jacksonville finished the 2017 season with a 14-6 overall record, culminating with its fourth ASUN Conference Tournament title in five years, along with its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
About the Axiom Head:
The heads are strung in upstate New York, providing a better quality head and a great sweet spot for maximum hold and control. The Airwire stringing reduces the overall weight of the head. The head has the most legal pinched face shape to channel the ball to the sweet spot. JU’s sticks will feature custom colors of the head.
About Maverik Handles:
The Dolphins will use a variety of Maverik handles (shafts) with their head. The handles choices include the ultra-light Axiom handle, which combines with the Axiom head to create the lightest high performance stick in the game. Many of the players will select a Maverik metal alloy handle used in men’s lacrosse. JU will be designing custom handles that will feature past championships, the founding of the school and program, Dolphin logos, the city of Jacksonville, and the beaches.
About Cascade Eyewear:
The Cascade PolyArc and Poly Pro goggles provide the best vision in the game while providing the safety of the most trusted protective brand in the sport of lacrosse. Like the Axiom head, they are efficient yet elegant and allow for custom designs and colors.
About Cascade Helmets:
Each goalie will custom design their own Cascade S helmet, the greatest lacrosse helmet ever made. All of Cascade’s helmets are assembled in the USA, and shipped from Syracuse, New York. The customization of the helmets will be real attention getters and the JU keepers will have carte blanche on the look they want.
The Dolphins will also be providing gloves, bags and shooters from Maverik’s stockpile. In addition, D.B. Milne Field will be updated with signage from Maverik and Cascade, as well as championship banners and flags to adorn the sidelines.
“When we started our program we didn’t have much. This is truly a rags to riches Dolphin Tale for our players and staff. We are very blessed to have Maverik and Cascade as partners. We feel it’s a real step up for the program and school,” added Mindy McCord.
Jacksonville University Women’s Lacrosse Notables
- One-hundred percent job and graduate school placement for graduates
- Access to sport psychologist, player development coach, and team dietician
- 16-17 hours of sport-related activity per week vs. NCAA allowed 20 allows for student-athletes to maximize study time/sport time to take on more rigorous majors
- Sport science and speed development curriculum specific to lacrosse
- Head Coach Mindy McCord signed to a five-year contract in 2014
- Associate Head Coach Paul McCord served as an assistant coach for the Super Bowl XXXV Champion Baltimore Ravens and the 2003 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Assistant Coach Brittney Orashen ’15 was a two-time ASUN Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-ASUN selection for the Dolphins, and is JU’s all-time leader in ground balls (152) and caused turnovers (95)
- Program Manager Danielle Della Rocca ’17 was the 2017 ASUN Player of the Year and four-time All-ASUN selection, and is JU’s all-time leader in points (261), goals (186), and assists (75)