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.
LIVE STATS: JACKSONVILLE
LIVE VIDEO: ($) ESPN+
GAME #16: Jacksonville (11-3, 3-0 ASUN) vs. Kennesaw State (5-9, 1-1 ASUN)
DATE: Sunday, April 22
SITE: D.B. Milne Field | Jacksonville, Fla.
LIVE STATS: JACKSONVILLE
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
- Five different Dolphins have collected a total of eight ASUN Player of the Week honors this season.
- Most recently, Ashtyn Hiron took home back-to-back-to-back (that's three-straight!) ASUN Player of the Week honors for the weeks of March 27, April 3, and April 10. She also earned the weekly recognition on Feb. 13 and Feb. 27.
- Hiron picked up her fourth POW accolade of the season after leading the Dolphins to a 2-0 weekend at Furman and Wofford, a new program single-game scoring record, and matching her single-game highs with eight points and 11 draw controls against the Terriers.
- Hiron earned her third ASUN Player of the Week honor after recorded seven points and notched a career-high six goals in the Dolphins' 17-16 loss to Dartmouth on March 21.
- Hiron also earned the season's first on Feb. 13 after posting five goals in the Dolphins' 14-9 season-opening win against Michigan.
- Two weeks later, the Perth, Western Australia native earned her second Player of the Week honor on Feb. 27 after she notched six points (4g, 2a) in to lead Jacksonville to a 17-16 overtime win over Ohio State in the Moe's Lacrosse Classic on Feb. 23.
- Freshman Sarah Elms earned Player of the Week honors as her six-point performance (4g, 2a) led the Dolphins' to a 19-5 victory over Central Connecticut State on March 14.
- A week prior, junior captain Lillie Miller was named Player of the Week on March 13 for her six-point performance (3g, 3a) in the Dolphins' 20-5 win over Vermont on March 11. Miller also won three draws in the effort.
- Hiron and junior Erica Beal swept the ASUN honors that week as Beal took home ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors – the first in her career – after she played an integral defensive effort with two ground balls and two caused turnovers to help stifle the Buckeyes.
- Earlier in the season, graduate goalkeeper Emily Poelma recorded a season-high 13 saves against the No. 15 Fighting Irish to earn ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors for Feb. 20.
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%).
- 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.
The Dolphins close out the regular season next Sunday, April 29 when they play host to Stetson at 1 p.m.