JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No. 1 seed Jacksonville advanced to its fifth ASUN Conference Lacrosse Championship Final on Thursday afternoon with a 17-4 rout of No. 4 seed Old Dominion. The Dolphins will now get the winner of No. 2 Coastal Carolina and No. 3 Kennesaw State.
Old Dominion struck first when Hanna Breslin tickled the twine just three minutes and 49 seconds into the contest. Jacksonville wouldnt stay quiet long, as Erin McGuire converted on a free-position shot less than a minute later to get the Dolphins on the board. Jacksonville would score just eight seconds later on a Lillie Miller goal to take the lead. They would never look back. ODU tallied a goal with 19:31 left in the first half before Jacksonville embarked on a 6-0 run to end the half to go up 9-2 at the break.
ASUN Player of the Year, Ashtyn Hiron, lived up to the billing as she notched six points (3 goals and 3 assists). She was aided on the offensive attack by Miller and freshman Sarah Elms. Miller and Elms both collected four goals each. The Dolphins also were stingy on the defensive front, causing 17 turnovers and winning 16 of 23 draw controls. Emily Poelma made six saves and allowed just four goals in 55:10 minutes of action.
Jacksonville will now await the winner of No. 2 Coastal Carolina and No. 3 Kennesaw State. The Dolphins took regular season meetings from each squad earlier in the year. The ASUN Championship Final will be on Saturday, May 5th at 1 PM and can be watched live on ESPN+
No. 2 Jacksonville vs. No. 4 Old Dominion Championship Semifinal Notes:
- For the seventh time this season Ashtyn Hiron collected at least six points
- With her four goals today, Lillie Miller eclipses the 30 goal mark and now sits with 31 on the year
- ODU's Kerri Caruso caused four turnovers on the day, finishing the season with a league leading 38
- Monarch's goalie Lauren Ey made 13 saves, which is tied for second most in the ASUN Championships
- Jacksonville will look to secure an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season
- JU won last year's ASUN Final by defeating Coastal Carolina 11-10