2019 @ASUNWLAX Season Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins

2019 @ASUNWLAX Season Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins

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ATLANTA, Ga. - As the 2019 ASUN Women's Lacrosse season kicks off on February 8th, we take a closer look at each of the seven conference teams as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Jacksonville continued its dominance over the rest of the ASUN Conference in 2018, winning both the regular season and ASUN Championship title and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years. The Dolphins look to continue that standard of success this season, as they were voted the preseason favorites to win the league.

Head Coach Mindy McCord and the Dolphins lose some key members of last year's championship squad, including one of the programs best players in Ashtyn Hiron, but like any other good program Jacksonville has players that can fill those roles. The Dolphins return one of the top scorers in the ASUN from 2018 in sophomore Sarah Elms. As a freshman last year, Elms finished second on the team in points and goals with 80 and 63, respectively. She was a unanimous First Team All-Conference and All-Freshmen selection, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Also returning on the attack for the Dolphins is senior Lillie Miller. After recording back-to-back 30 point seasons as a freshman and sophomore, Miller broke out for a 51 point season in 2018. She appeared in all 20 games, while starting in 18 and earned First Team All-Conference honors. Erin McGuire returns after a fantastic sophomore season. She led the ASUN and set the program single-season record for assists with 35. McGuire also finished third on the team in points with 56.

The Dolphins return a strong core on defense that includes Erica Beal and Chloe Harris. Beal was a Second Team All-Conference selection in 2018, and kept up that level of play at the ASUN Championship as she earned All-Tournament Team honors. Last year, she finished third on the team in caused overs with 19, while scooping up 23 ground balls. This season, she was voted Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Harris started in 19 games last season, while appearing in all 20. She finished fourth with 24 ground balls and totaled 16 caused turnovers.

Jacksonville boasts a stout 2019 schedule, which features programs like Oregon, USC, Temple, Fresno State and Florida. After an exhibition contest against the Scottish National Team on February 12th, the Dolphins open up the 2019 campaign at home against UC Davis on February 15th. They then hit the road for stops in Eugene, Ore and Los Angeles to battle with Oregon and USC. The Dolphins begin their quest to defend the ASUN title when they open up conference play on March 31st in a rematch of last year's title game with Coastal Carolina. 

Active Career Leaders
Games Played: Lillie Miller (58), Jody Julmice (47), Erica Beal (42)
Points: Lillie Miller (111), Sarah Elms (80), Erin McGuire (74)
Goals: Lillie Miller (76), Sarah Elms (63), Kasey Stevens (31)
Ground balls: Lillie Miller (61), Erica Beal (36), Kasey Stevens (35) 
Saves: Sydney Matthews (105)

2018 Top Returning Statistical Leaders
Games Started: Megan Prescott (19), Chloe Harris, Lillie Miller (18), Erin McGuire (18)
Points: Sarah Elms (80), Erin McGuire (56), Lillie Miller (51)
Goals: Sarah Elms (63), Lillie Miller (35), Alyssa Arnold (29)
Ground balls: Megan Prescott (32), Alyssa Arnold (31), Chloe Harris (26)
Saves: Kristen Brunoforte (40)

Jacksonville's Schedule Breakdown
Home Matches: 10
Away Matches: 7
Neutral Matches: 0
First Home Match: vs. UC Davis (Feb. 15 – 3 PM)
First Road Match: at Oregon (Feb. 22 – 9 PM)
Opening ASUN Contest: vs. Coastal Carolina (March 31 – 7 PM)

Roster Breakdown
Seniors: 5
Juniors: 9
Sophomores: 11
Freshman: 14

Coaching Profile
Head Coach: Mindy McCord
Alma Mater: Lynchburg College
Record at Jacksonville: 124-50, Tenth Season
Career Record: 194-106, 18th Season