Dolphins Set for Back-to-Back Battles Friday, Saturday

Alyssa Arnold (#10) and MacEllen McDonough (#17) run out to the field and high five teammates

GAMEDAY INFORMATION
GAME #13: Jacksonville (9-3, 2-0 ASUN) vs. Howard (1-7, 0-2 ASUN)
DATE: Friday, April 13
TIME: 4 pm
SITE: D.B. Milne Field | Jacksonville, Fla.
ADMISSION: Free
LIVE STATS: JACKSONVILLE

GAME #14: Jacksonville (9-3, 2-0 ASUN) vs. Delaware State (0-9, 0-2 ASUN)
DATE: Saturday, April 14
TIME: 5 pm
SITE: D.B. Milne Field | Jacksonville, Fla.
ADMISSION: Free
LIVE STATS: JACKSONVILLE


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
 Returning home to D.B. Milne Field this weekend, Jacksonville University women's lacrosse plays host to a Howard in ASUN Conference action on Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m., and Delaware State in a non-conference match-up that was rescheduled for Saturday, April 15 at 5 p.m. 

Originally slated for noon on Sunday, impending severe weather forced the Dolphins' match up with Delaware State to be moved to Saturday.

Vs. Cancer Game - Saturday, April 14 vs. Delaware State (5 pm)

Join Jacksonville Women's Lacrosse in its fight Vs. Cancer game this Saturday against Delaware State at 5 p.m. Admission to the game is free, and donations will be accepted and evenly distributed between the Vs. Cancer Foundation and the music therapy program at Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders here in Jacksonville. 

For more information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, please visit http://www.vs-cancer.org/. | For more information about the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please visit https://www.nemours.org/locations/specialty-care/florida-pediatric-specialty-care-jacksonville.html.

Setting the Scene

  • The Dolphins enter the weekend with a 9-3 overall record, and a 2-0 mark in the ASUN Conference.
  • Senior Ashtyn Hiron was named ASUN Conference Player of the Week for the third consecutive week for her 11-point performance on the weekend, matching her career-high with eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) at Old Dominion on April 6 before posting a hat trick at Coastal Carolina two days later (April 8).
  • In the Dolphins' last five games, Hiron has totaled 33 points (25g, 8a), 31 draw controls, eight ground balls, and seven caused turnovers. … She tallied eight points in three of those contests – vs. Dartmouth (March 21), at Wofford (March 31), and at Old Dominion (April 6) – to lead the ASUN with 53 points.
  • During that span, she converted 6-of-7 free-position opportunities and currently leads the nation with a .813 free-position percentage (13-16).
  • As a team, Jacksonville leads the ASUN and ranks among the top 10 in the nation in several categories: points per game (24.33 – 2nd), assists per game (7.83 – 3rd), scoring offense (16.50 – 3rd), shots on goal per game (26.75 – 4th), shots per game (34.92 – 5th), and turnovers per game (13.58 – 9th).
  • The Dolphins also lead the league in caused turnovers per game (10.25), draw controls per game (15.08), free-position percentage (.500), and scoring margin (5.42). … With a .473 shot percentage, JU is second in the ASUN and 13th among Division I programs, while their 16.58 ground balls per game are third in the league.
  • Individually, several Dolphins also rank among the ASUN's top three in several categories.
  • Freshman Sarah Elms ranks among the ASUN's top five in shot percentage (.534), goals (31 – 3rd), goals per game (2.58 – 4th), points (39 – 4th), and points per game (3.25 – 5th).
  • Third in the league in both assists (19) and assists per game (1.58) is junior Erin McGuire.
  • Graduate goalkeeper Emily Poelma's 11.35 goals-against average leads the league and ranks 44th overall nationally.

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 Howard

  • The Bison enter Friday's contest with a 1-7 record overall and are 0-2 in the ASUN.
  • Howard's lone win of the season came in its home-opener against the University of the District of Columbia in the form of a 17-7 win.
  • With ASUN losses against Old Dominion and Coastal Carolina, the Bison are currently tied with Stetson in the bottom of the league standings at 0-2. … Kennesaw State is the lone ASUN team yet to face a league opponent.
  • Natia Warren leads the Bison with 31 points behind 30 goals and an assist. … Warren is tied for fourth in the league in goals and leads the team with six free-position goals.
  • Warren, Lauren Smith, and Amerra Sheckles are in a three-way tie to lead the team with 15 ground balls.
  • Along with goals, points, and ground balls, Warren also has a team-best 39 draw controls – tied for sixth with Megan Prescott in the ASUN.
  • Sheckles has started all eight of the Bisons' games, making 90 saves (.386 save percentage) and allowing 143 goals (18.08 goals-against average).

Series History vs. the Bison

  • Jacksonville holds a 9-0 lead in the all-time series, including a 4-0 mark at home.
  • The Dolphins have played the Bison every season except for 2013; the teams met each other twice in 2011 and 2012.
  • In the last four meetings, Jacksonville has held Howard to just nine total goals. … Additionally, the Dolphins have only allowed more than five Bison goals on two occasions – both during the 2011 season.

Scouting Delaware State

  • Seeking their first win of the season, the Hornets enter the weekend with an 0-9 overall record and are 0-2 against league opponents.
  • DSU visits Stetson a day before on Friday, April 13 at noon.
  • The Hornets posted a season-high eight goals in a 20-8 loss at Presbyterian on March 17.
  • Lauren Perry (12g, 3a) and Oliva Summerville (9g, 2a) both have double digit points on the year with 15 and 11, respectively.
  • Goalie Elizabeth Henry leads the team with 11 ground balls, while Summerville and Kathryn Shirley are close behind with 10 each.
  • Goalie Raven James has started all six games in which she has appeared, and totaled 35 saves.

Series History vs. the Hornets

  • Saturday's meeting marks just the second time the Dolphins and Hornets have faced each other.
  • Jacksonville took last year's inaugural meeting, 25-2, with current Dolphins MacEllen McDonough (3g), Kasey Stevens (3g), and Hiron (2g, 1a) notching three points each.

Up Next
The Dolphins have another doubleheader on tap next weekend as Mercer and Kennesaw State pay a visit to D.B. Milne Field. The Dolphins take on the Bears Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m., followed by a matchup with the Owls on Sunday, April 22 at noon. Friday's game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.