Dolphins Set to Face No. 15 Colorado in NCAA First Round

Dolphins Set to Face No. 15 Colorado in NCAA First Round

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NCAA Tournament First Round
GAME #20: Jacksonville (16-3) vs. Colorado (13-5)
DATE: Friday, May 11
TIME: 4 pm EST
SITE: Donald R. Dizney Stadium | Gainesville, Fla.
ADMISSION: $5 – Adults | $3 – Children

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Receiving votes for the second-straight week in the Cascade Women's Division I Media Poll, Jacksonville University women's lacrosse will take on No. 15 Colorado in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this Friday, May 11 at the University of Florida's Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m.

Setting the Scene

  • The Dolphins enter the weekend with a 16-3 overall record.
  • Jacksonville earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after downing Old Dominion, 17-4, in the semifinals and Coastal Carolina, 25-19, in the championship for its second-straight and fifth overall ASUN Conference Tournament crown.
  • Senior Ashtyn Hiron, reigning ASUN Player of the Year, set he program's single-season point record (91) and earned Tournament MVP honors after posting six points against ODU and eight vs. the Chanticleers.
  • Along with Hiron, seniors Erica Beal and MacEllen McDonough and freshmen Sarah Elms and Alyssa Arnold were selected to the ASUN All-Tournament Team.
  • Jacksonville leads the nation in scoring offense (18.47) and shots per game (39.16).
  • Additionally, senior Ashtyn Hiron leads the nation with a .773 free-position percentage.
  • The Dolphins also rank among the top 5 in the nation in several statistical categories including: points per game (28.16 – 2nd), assists per game (9.68 – 2nd), draw controls per game (16.21 – 5th), caused turnovers per game (12.95 – 2nd), shots on goal per game (29.37 – 2nd), and scoring margin (8.89 – 2nd).
  • Jacksonville also lead the ASUN in free-position percentage (.504 – 6th nationally), scoring defense (9.58 – 13th nationally), and turnovers per game (13.11 – 8th nationally).
  • With a .472 shot percentage, JU is second in the ASUN and 11th among Division I programs, while their 20.74 ground balls per game are also second in the league.
  • Individually, several Dolphins also rank among the ASUN's top three in several categories.
  • Hiron also leads the ASUN in points (91) and points per game (5.06), and ranks second in draw controls per game (5.56), caused turnovers per game (1.72), free position goals per game (0.94), goals (66), and goals per game (3.67).
  • Freshman Sarah Elms ranks among the ASUN's top five in points (76 – 2nd), goals (59 – 3rd), points per game (4.00 – 3rd), and goals per game (3.11 – 4th).
  • Additionally, junior Erin McGuire leads the league in both assists (35) and ranks third in assists per game (1.84), while Hiron ranks fifth with 25 assists.

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 No. 15 Colorado

  • The Buffaloes enter Friday's contest with a 13-5 overall record, and earned an at-large bid after falling to No. 10 Stanford, 15-6, in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship last Sunday.
  • Darby Kiernan leads the Buffs with 86 points (61 goals, 25 assists), while Miranda Stinson also is second on the team with 69 points (53g, 16a).
  • Kiernan is 19-of-40 from the eight-meter line for a Pac-12 best 1.06 free-position goals per game.
  • Stinson (10-of-31) and Samantha Nemiroy (10-of-20) have both converted for 10 free-position goals.
  • Sarah Brown and Kelsie Garrison lead the team with 51 ground balls each, and the duo has caused 32 and 27 turnovers, respectively.
  • Kiernan leads the team and ranks sixth in the nation with 7.89 draw controls per game (141), while Brown is second on the team with 69 draw controls.
  • Julia Lisella has played the majority of time in the cage for the Buffs this season, amassing a 12-3 record, allowing 132 goals (8.54 GAA) and recording 147 saves (.527 save percent).
  • Lisella's 8.54 goals-against average and .527 save percentage rank fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively.

Series History vs. the Buffaloes

  • The Dolphins are 1-0 all-time against Colorado.
  • The teams last faced each other in 2014 at JU's D.B. Milne Field, with the Dolphins earning a 20-13 win.

Up Next
The winner of the Jacksonville-Colorado game will go on to face No. 6 Florida on Sunday, May 13 at noon.