JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 2018 ASUN Lacrosse Championship concludes on Saturday afternoon, as No. 1 Jacksonville takes on No. 2 Coastal Carolina in the Final. First draw is set for 1 PM ET, and can be watched on ESPN+.
Jacksonville finds themselves back in the ASUN Championship Final for the fifth time in program history after defeating No. 4 Old Dominion, 17-4. All-ASUN first teamers, Lillie Miller and Sarah Elms, sparked the offense for the Dolphins in the semfinal victory. The two combined for eight goal (four each), while ASUN Player of the Year, Ashtyn Hiron, tallied six points of her own. Hiron now has 23 career points in the ASUN Championship. The Dolphins took down Coastal in last year's ASUN Final, 11-10. They also took this year's regular season meeting with the Chanticleers on April 8, 13-11. Elms scored five goals in that matchup. With a win on Saturday, JU would find themselves back in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Coastal raced by Kennesaw State in the semifinal by the score of 18-8. First Team All-Conference member, Haley Kyger, scored six goals in the victory, which set a program-record for most goals in an ASUN Championship contest. ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, Harley Barrett, lived up to the billing against KSU, as she made 11 saves and earned a save percentage of 58 percent. The Chanticleers look to get some revenge on the Dolphins on Saturday. Since joining the conference in 2017, CCU has given Jacksonville some of its toughest games. While JU has won all three meetings against Coastal, each game has decided by an average of 2.3 goals. When the two teams met in the 2017 ASUN Championship Final, the Chanticleers held a 6-3 advantage heading into the locker room at halftime. Coastal returns seven of its starters from last year's championship final, while the Dolphins see five of their 2017 championship starters back on the pitch for the 2018 rematch.
No. 1 Jacksonville vs. No. 2 Coastal Carolina - 1 p.m. (ESPN+)
2018 Season Meeting: Jacksonville 13, Coastal Carolina 11 (4/8)
No. 1 Jacksonville Dolphins
Record: 15-3; 5-0
Record at ASUN Championships: 9-1 (ASUN Champions 2013, '14, '15, '17)
Points Leader: Ashtyn Hiron - 62 goals / 21 assists / 83 points
- Advanced to their fifth ASUN Championship final with a 17-4 semifinal victory over Old Dominion
- Sarah Elms and Lillie Miller both collected four goals in JU's semifinal win
- ASUN Player of the Year, Ashtyn Hiron, racked up six points (three goals, three assists) in Thursday's victory
- The Dolphins defeated Coastal in the 2017 ASUN Championship Final, 11-10.
- Hiron led the Dolphins with three goals in last year's ASUN Final
- Jacksonville defeated CCU earlier this season back on April 8th, 13-11, Elms notched five goals in that matchup
No. 2 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Record: 10-8; 4-1
Record at ASUN Championships: 2-1 (Championship Final: 2017)
Points Leader: Haley Alexander - 51 goals / 16 assists / 67 points
- The Chanticleers earned their spot in the final by taking down Kennesaw State 18-8 in the semifinal
- Haley Kyger netted six goals and also an assist in the victory over KSU
- ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, Harley Barrett, made 11 saves in the semifinal win
- With her four goals against KSU, Haley Alexander now has scored eight career goals in the ASUN Championship
- Coastal's 13-11 loss to JU earlier this season, was the smallest margin of victory for the Dolphins this season
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