2018 @ASUNWLax Championship Begins With Semifinal Showdowns

2018 @ASUNWLax Championship Begins With Semifinal Showdowns

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 2018 ASUN Lacrosse Championship kicks off on Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville with two semifinal games. Top seed Jacksonville opens up the tournament when they face No. 4 Old Dominion. Following will be No. 2 Coastal Carolina against the three seed, Kennesaw State.

Jacksonville won its sixth ASUN Regular Season Title, as they finished with a perfect 5-0 record in league play. The Dolphins boast the league's top player in ASUN Player of the Year, Ashtyn Hiron. Hiron leads the ASUN in points with 77 and leads the nation in free position percentage at 77 percent. The Dolphins also have one of the ASUN's best freshman in Sarah Elms, who ranks third in the ASUN with 48 goals. Old Dominion has a 1-2 punch of their own in Glory Johnson and Sophia Richie. Richie and Johnson have accounted for 36% of ODU's scoring, as they've combined for 66 goals on the season. Defensively, the Monarchs are led by Kerri Caruso, who leads the ASUN in caused turnovers with 34. JU took the regular season meeting back on April 6th, 21-12

No. 2 Coastal Carolina looks to get back to the ASUN Championship Final for the second straight season and that quest begins on Wednesday at 4 PM against Kennesaw State. The Chanticleers took down the Owls back on April 13th, 18-12. In that matchup, CCU had six players with at least 2 goals scored and ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, Harley Barrett, made 15 saves in net. Barrett has been fantastic this season, leading the ASUN in save percentage at 48.6 percent. Coastal boasted four members on the First Team All-Conference, including leading scorer Haley Alexander. Alexander leads the team in points with 63 (47 goals, 16 assists). The Owls are led by the ASUN's leading goal scorer and Freshman of the Year, Siena Gore. Gore has been one of the best players in the ASUN this season, as she's tallied 68 goals, which also sits eighth nationally. She has also made an impact defensively, collecting 34 ground balls, winning 113 draw controls and causing 23 turnovers. Aside from Gore, KSU is led by Connor Zophy and Haley Swift. The upperclassmen have combined for 77 points this season. 

No. 1 Jacksonville vs. No. 4 Old Dominion - 1 p.m. (ESPN+)
2018 Season Meeting: Jacksonville 21, Old Dominion 12 (4/6)

No. 1 Jacksonville Dolphins
Twitter: @JUWLAX
Record: 14-3; 5-0
Record at ASUN Championships: 8-1 (ASUN Champions 2013, '14, '15, '17)
Top Points Scorer: Ashtyn Hiron - 59 goals / 18 assists / 77 points
- Won their sixth ASUN regular season crown with a perfect conference record of 5-0
- Ashtyn Hiron was named ASUN Player of the Year, voted on by the coaches
- Hiron leads the ASUN in points with 77, which also is tied for 22nd nationally. Hiron also leads the nation in free position percentage at 77%
- The Dolphins featured four players on the First Team All-Conference (Hiron, Sarah Elms, Lillie Miller and Mackenzie Groark)
- Jacksonville defeated ODU earlier this season back on April 6th. Hiron had eight points (6 G, 2 ast), while Elms netted six goals

No. 4 Old Dominion Monarchs 
Twitter: @ODULacrosse
Record: 5-12; 2-3
Record at ASUN Championships: 2-2 (ASUN Champions 2016)
Top Points Scorer: Glory Johnson - 33 goals /15 assists / 48 points
- This marks ODU's fourth straight appearance in the ASUN Championship. The Monarchs won it all in 2016
- Old Dominion is led by First Team All-Conference member, Glory Johnson. Johnson leads the team in points with 48
- Sophia Richie is not far behind Johnson, as she is second on the team with 36 points 
- Cydney Tutchton was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year, posting a 4.0 GPA in Biology
- Defensively, Kerri Caruso has led the Monarchs in caused turnovers (34) and now sits 18th in the NCAA in that category

No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 3 Kennesaw State - 4 p.m. (ESPN+)
2018 Season Meeting: Coastal Carolina 18, Kennesaw State 12 (4/13)

No. 2 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Twitter: @CoastalWLax 
Record: 9-8; 4-1
Record at ASUN Championships: 1-1 (Championship Final: 2017)
Top Points Scorer: Haley Alexander - 47 goals / 16 assists / 63 points
- The Chanticleers finished with a 4-1 mark in ASUN play, with their lone blemish coming against Jacksonville
- CCU boasts the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year (Harley Barrett) and ASUN Coach of the Year (Kristen Selvage)
- Barrett leads the conference in SV% at 48.6 and minutes played at 931:25
- Coastal featured four players on the First Team All-Conference (Barrett, Haley Alexander, Haley Kyger and Megan Kilpatrick)
- In CCU's earlier meeting with Kennesaw State, six players tallied at least two goals, while Barrett made 15 saves in net

No. 3 Kennesaw State Owls 
Twitter: @KSUOwlsLax
Record: 7-10; 3-2
Record in ASUN Championship: 0-3 (Semifinals in 2013) 
Top Points Scorer: Siena Gore - 68 goals / 5 assists / 73 points 
- The Owls find themselves back in the ASUN Championship for the first time since 2016
- KSU made some program history this season, as they finished over .500 in conference for the first time 
- Kennesaw State is led by freshman sensation, Siena Gore. Gore leads the ASUN in goals with 68, and ranks eight nationally 
- The Owls boasted two players on the First Team All-Conference in Gore and defender Maura Palandro
- Kennesaw State is still searching for their first victory in the ASUN Championship and will look to get it against Coastal Carolina

Follow the entire 2018 ASUN Lacrosse Championship live on ESPN+ as all games will be streamed. Join the conversation by following @ASUNWLax on Twitter. 

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