LakePoint, Ga. - For the fourth time in program history, the Jacksonville Dolphins featued the ASUN Conference Lacrosse Player of the Year, as midfielder Ashtyn Hiron garnered the award by unanimous vote. Coastal Carolina's goalie Harley Barrett captured her first ASUN Defensive Player of the Year honor to highlight Wednesday's night awards banquet. Kennesaw State's Siena Gore was voted the ASUN Freshman of the Year after bursting onto the scene, with JU's Mindy McCord and Coastal's Kristen Selvage sharing Coach of the Year accolades.
Hiron collects her first career ASUN Player of the Year honor after a brilliant senior season. The Aussie National Team star posted career-high numbers across the board this season as she netted 59 goals and added 18 assists for a total of 77 points this year. She scored four or more goals in nine of 16 games played this season, while also ranking second in the ASUN in draw controls (84) and caused turnovers (25). She ranks third in the league in ground ball pickups with 37 entering the postseason. Hiron earns a spot on the First Team All-Conference for the third-time in her outstanding Jacksonville career.
Coastal Carolina's Barrett collected her first ASUN Defensive Player of the Year honor after leading the Chants defense all season long. The junior goalie ranked first in the ASUN in save percentage with 48.7 percent. In conference play, she upped her save percentage to 52.7, which also led the conference. She ranked second in the league with 154 total saves, and third in the conference with a 10.50 GAA. She finished the regular season with eight games of 10 or more saves, including a season-high 16 against Elon.
Hiron was joined by three other Dolphins on the First Team All-Conference. Defender Mackenzie Groark played and started in all 17 games for the Dolphins this season and finished the regular season with 20 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. She led a Jacksonville defense that only allowed 9.50 goals per game this season. Midfielder Lillie Miller was a force in the draw control for the Dolphins this season. She led the team with ranked third on the team in draw controls with 36, while ranking second in free position goals with 11 this year. Freshman Sarah Elms was the final Dolphin honoree on the First Team after a breakout season. The two-time Player of the Week was a unanimous selection as she scored 48 goals and tallied 62 points. She added All-Freshman Team recognition to her resume as well.
Coastal Carolina tied Jacksonville with four First Team All-Conference selections. Barrett was joined by attacker Haley Alexander as unanimous selections, while Haley Kyger and Megan Kilpatrick were honored for their outstanding play this season. Alexander ranked third in the ASUN with 47 goals, while amassing 63 total points. She added 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers this season. Kyger was one of the top scoring threats for the Chants this year as she tallied 36 goals and 53 points. Her shot-on-goal percentage was 74.3 percent in the regular season. Kilpatrick started all 17 games for Coastal Carolina this year and finished with 25 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers on the season.
Two selections from Kennesaw State and one from Old Dominion and Stetson rounded out the First Team All-Conference honorees. The Hatters were represented by playmaker Hallie Merz, who became Stetson's all-time leader in points (166) and assists (87) this season. She tallied 19 goals and a league-high 34 assists this season alone. Attacker Glory Johnson led the Monarchs in goals with 33 this season. The sophomore started every game and added 31 draw controls. Kennesaw State's sophomore Maura Palandro was the final defender honored on the First Team this season. Palandro led the team in ground balls with 45 while also causing 13 turnovers this season for the Owls. The final member of the First Team All-Conference was also voted the league's Freshman of the Year, Kennesaw State's Siena Gore.
The freshman middie from Alpharetta, Ga. was a revelation in her first season with the Owls. She set an ASUN single-season record with 67 goals, while tallying 3.9 goals per game. She finished the season with 73 total points, and was a force in the draw control. She closed the regular season slate with 113 draw controls, 34 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers. The rookie was named ASUN Player of the Week on two occasions and also picked up a Defensive Player of the Week honor once.
Coastal Carolina's head coach Kristen Selvage and Jacksonville's head coach Mindy McCord shared ASUN Coach of the Year honors this season. For McCord, it marks her third ASUN Coach of the Year honor after leading the Dolphins to the regular season title and a 14-3 record overall in the regular season. Coastal's Selvage captures her second consecutive ASUN Coach of the Year honor after winning nine games with the Chanticleers in 2018. It marks the third straight season that Selvage has led the Chants to nine wins or more. Both coaches will lead their squads into the ASUN Championship Semifinal on Thursday, where the Dolphins take on Old Dominion, while Coastal Carolina faces Kennesaw State.