Dolphins Play Host to Mercer, Kennesaw State

Jenny Kinsey dodging around a Villanova defender

GAME #15: Jacksonville (11-3, 3-0 ASUN) vs. Mercer (5-9, 2-2 SoCon)
DATE: Friday, April 20
TIME: 4 pm
SITE: D.B. Milne Field | Jacksonville, Fla.

GAME #16: Jacksonville (11-3, 3-0 ASUN) vs. Kennesaw State (5-9, 1-1 ASUN)
DATE: Sunday, April 22
TIME: Noon
SITE: D.B. Milne Field | Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Putting its six-game win streak on the line this weekend, Jacksonville University women's lacrosse plays host to Mercer in a non-conference meeting this Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m. Two days later, the Dolphins look to remain perfect in the ASUN Conference as Kennesaw State visits on Sunday, April 22 at noon.

Setting the Scene

  • The Dolphins enter the weekend with an 11-3 overall record, and a 3-0 mark in the ASUN Conference.
  • Jacksonville leads the nation in scoring offense, averaging 17.50 goals per game.
  • Additionally, senior Ashtyn Hiron leads the nation with a .833 free-position percentage.
  • The Dolphins also rank among the top 5 in the nation in several statistical categories including: points per game (26.79 – 2nd), assists per game (9.29 – 2nd), shots on goal per game (26.75 – 4th), shots per game (36.93 – 2nd), shots on goal per game (28.09 – 2nd), scoring margin (7.71 – 3rd), and turnovers per game (13.07 – 5th).
  • The Dolphins also lead the league in caused turnovers per game (11.07), draw controls per game (15.79), free-position percentage (.500), and scoring defense (9.79).
  • With a .474 shot percentage, JU is second in the ASUN and 13th among Division I programs, while their 17.64 ground balls per game are third in the league.
  • Individually, several Dolphins also rank among the ASUN's top three in several categories.
  • Hiron also leads the ASUN in points (61) and points per game (4.69), and ranks second in draw controls per game (5.08), free position goals per game (1.15), goals (48), and goals per game (3.69).
  • Freshman Sarah Elms ranks among the ASUN's top five in shot percentage (.531 – 3rd), points (44 – tied for 4th), goals (34 – 5th), goals per game (2.43 – 5th), and points per game (3.14 – 5th).
  • Additionally, junior Erin McGuire ranks third in the league in both assists (25) and assists per game (1.86), while freshman Jenny Kinsey ranks fifth in both categories with 15 and 1.07, respectively.
  • A win over Kennesaw State would allow the Dolphins to clinch at least a share of the regular season ASUN title.

ASUN Weekly Honors

Australian Legacy an American Favorite

  • Ashtyn Hiron, a native of Perth, Western Australia and three-time Australian National Team member, became the first Dolphin to earn national player of the week honors.
  • Hiron was voted Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week following her six-point, 11-draw performance to help the Dolphins defeat Ohio State, 11-10, in overtime on Feb. 23.
  • The senior captain won 43 percent of the 839 votes casted on a poll tweeted out by @ILWomen, an account by Inside Lacrosse dedicated to highlighting the women's game.
  • Hiron won more votes than North Carolina's Marie McCool (34%), Virginia Tech's Tristan McGinley (16%), and Penn State's Katie O'Donnell (7%).

Scouting Mercer

  • The Bears head into Friday's contest with a 5-9 overall record, and are 2-2 against opponents in the Southern Conference.
  • Mercer posted their highest goal total against Wofford on April 8 – a 23-5 decision that saw 15 different players score a goal.
  • Lindsey Zeltwanger led the team with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists), and has a team-high 60 points (23g, 37a) on the year.
  • The Bears are looking to bounce back after losses to both Old Dominion and Coastal Carolina last weeknd.
  • Kate Leone leads the team with 40 goals and is second with 48 points.
  • Both Zeltwanger and Leone have a team-high seven free position goals.
  • Audrey Robertson (37) and Michaela Lucas (30) have 30+ ground balls on the year, while Robertson leads the team with 27 caused turnovers.
  • With 62 draw controls, Meghan Segreti leads the team.
  • Between the pipes, Iseabal Cryne has played the majority of time recording 96 saves (.376 save %) and compiled a 4-7 record. …She has allowed 159 goals in 659 minutes in goal for a 13.66 goals-against average.

Series History vs. the Bears

  • Jacksonville is 3-0 in the all-time series against Mercer, including a 2-0 record at home.

Scouting Kennesaw State

  • The Owls enter the weekend with a 5-9 overall record, and are 1-1 in the ASUN.
  • Kennesaw State battles Stetson tomorrow before visiting D.B. Milne Field on Sunday.
  • KSU opened ASUN play last weekend and fell to Coastal Carolina on April 13 before they defeated Old Dominion on April 15.
  • As a team, the Owls lead the ASUN and rank 7th nationally with 23.14 ground balls per game.
  • Individually, Siena Gore leads the ASUN and ranks among the nation's top 10 in free position goals per game (1.86 – 3rd), draw controls per game (7.14 – 8th), goals per game (3.93 – 8th), and goals (55 – 8th).
  • Gore's 57 points rank second in the league, just behind Hiron's 61.
  • Lauren Hoffman has accumulated 86 saves (.337 save %) and allowed 169 goals in 758 minutes (13.38 goals-against average) for a4-9 record between the pipes.

Series History vs. the Owls

  • The Dolphins are 6-0 in the all-time series with Kennesaw State, including 3-0 at D.B. Milne Field.

Up Next
The Dolphins close out the regular season next Sunday, April 29 when they play host to Stetson at 1 p.m.