LakePoint, Ga. - The 2017 ASUN Conference Women's Lacrosse season continues on Friday and Sunday as teams battle for a spot in the postseason. Jacksonville sits atop the league standings with a perfect 7-0 record. Mercer sits in second with three teams grouped together with five league wins.
Furman, Coastal Carolina and Stetson all can secure a postseason berth with one victory this weekend. The Paladins and Hatters will face off on Friday to open the weekend, while Coastal Carolina welcomes Jacksonville on Friday, before hosting the Hatters on Sunday. The Dolphins can lock down the No. 1 seed and at least a share of the regular season crown if they go 2-0 this weekend.
ASUN Women's Lacrosse Upcoming Schedule April 21st:
*- Detroit Mercy at Howard - 3 PM
*- Jacksonville at Coastal Carolina - 4 PM - CCU Network
*- Kennesaw State at Old Dominion - 5 PM - Monarch TV
*- Stetson at Furman - 5 PM - ESPN3
*- Central Michigan at Delaware State - 5 PM
ASUN Women's Lacrosse Upcoming Schedule April 23rd:
*- Detroit Mercer at Delaware State - 11 AM
*- Jacksonville at Furman - 12 PM - ESPN3
*- Stetson at Coastal Carolina - 12 PM - CCU Network
*- Central Michigan at Howard - 1 PM
*- Mercer at Old Dominion - 1 PM - Monarch TV
*- ASUN Conference Games
Central Michigan (5-9; 2-5) - Follow @CMU_Lacrosse
- The Chippewas picked up a significant victory last weekend when they defeated the defending ASUN Champions Old Dominion 11-10 in overtime. Natalie Karlen was the hero as she scored the game-winner in the extra period.
- Jocelyne Lemay has 34 goals on the season as she continues to lead the attack for CMU. 17 of those 34 goals have come in conference play, playing her in the top-10 in goals scored. She ranks eighth in the ASUN in shots on goal with 56.
- Hope Murray made several crictical saves in the win against Old Dominion. She finished with 11 saves, her third game of the season with 10 or more stops. 50 of her 72 total saves have come against ASUN competition this season.
- Riley Huda continues to rank among the top assist players in the ASUN Conference. She enters this weekend with 27, third most in the league. Huda and the Chippewas look to carry over momentum from last weekend's win and take two on the road at Howard and Delaware State.
Coastal Carolina (8-5; 5-1) - Follow @CoastalWLax
- The Chanticleers offense came to life last weekend as they took care of Howard and Delaware State with ease. They scored 23 and 24 goals, the first two 20-goal games of the season for Coastal Carolina. With 16.83 goals per game in league play, the Chanticleers rank second in the ASUN.
- With an overall shooting percentage of 49.6 the Chanticleers lead the ASUN in that category. The team has stepped that number up even higher against ASUN competition as they pace the leaguw with a 54.9 shooting percentage. The 49.6 also ranks Coastal Carolina third nationally.
- Coastal Carolina's defense stepped up last week allowing only nine goals combined in the two victories. That effort brought the team's season GAA down to 9.15, second in the ASUN entering this weekend's actions and 15th in the NCAA.
- The task will get much more difficult for Coastal Carolina on Friday as they host the Jacksonville Dolphins, the lone undefeated team in the ASUN. A victory would secure a postseason berth for Coastal Carolina.
Delaware State (1-7; 1-6) - Follow @DSUlax
- After scoring only four goals in two games the previous weekend, Delaware State's offense got a little going this past week scoring at least five goals in both their losses. They put six goals by Coastal Carolina, the Hornets' largest scoring output since scoring 17 in the lone conference win.
- Iman Hasan was on target for two hat tricks last weekend as continues to be the Hornets' leading scoring threat this season. She followed a hat trick at Furman up with another one at Coastal Caolina, while also adding an assist in that contest.
- Delaware State is back and home and looks to get a second conference win when they host Central Michigan and Detroit Mercy this weekend. Last time out at home, Delaware State got shutout by the Stetson Hatters. They hope history does not repeat itself this weekend.
- Olivia Summerville has been the team's top draw controller this season with 27. She has at least two draw contols in seven of Delaware State's eight games this season. Her season-high was nine in the victory against Howard.
Detroit Mercy (3-11; 1-6) - Follow @DetroitWL
- The Titans finally were able to snap their losing streak with an impressive victory against the defending ASUN Champions Old Dominion. Detroit Mercy avenged its loss in the championship final last season with a 15-8 victory this year.
- Detroit Mercy is firing off 25.2 shots per game this season, fourth-best in the ASUN entering this weekend's games. In conference play, the Titans also rank fourth with a mark of 24.6 shots per game. Morgan Girardi's 88 shots leads the team and sits third in the ASUN.
- Lauren Webley continues to lead the Detroit Mercy defense as she has caused 19 turnovers this season. She is only two shy of setting a new single-season best mark. She has three caused turnovers in her last three games.
- The Titans will look to close the gap the final remaining postseason spots as they take on Howard and Delaware State this weekend. Two victories would put them right in the mix. The Titans have never lost to either team before.
Furman (9-4; 5-1) - Follow @FUWlax
- The Paladins are one of the teams that can clinch a postseason spot this weekend with a victory. Furman has made the semifinals in each of the past two ASUN Championships. Furman enters the weekend on a five-game winning streak.
- In conference play, the Paladins have only conceded 8.00 goals per game, which ranks them third in the league. They only allowed nine combined goals last weekend in wins against Howard and Delaware State. They have held opponents to single digits in four of last five matches.
- Paige Gamble ranks third in the ASUN in draw controls per game entering this weekend's action. She is getting 4.31 draw controls per contest, one of only four players in the league to have 4.00 or more as we enter the final weeks of the regular season.
- Three different Paladins have scored 20 or more goals this season. Abby Shields continues to lead the team with 27, while Gamble (25) and Ashley Trice (22) follow her. They will look to score this weekend as they take on Jacksonville and Stetson, both games being streamed live on ESPN3.
Howard (0-9; 0-7) - Follow @HUBisonSports
- The Bison are still in search of their first-ever ASUN Conference win after falling in two more contests last weekend. The defense has conceded 20 or more goals in each of the last five losses, and looks to turn it around at home this weekend.
- Natia Warren is only three goals shy of scoring 20 this season. Her 17 goals rank her 34th in the ASUN, with 14 of her 17 goals coming in conference play. She has tallied at least one goal in every game for Howard this season.
- With 77 total saves in conference play, Howard's goalies rank third in the conference in that category. Amerra Sheckles has collected all of those and sits second individually in the ASUN in the save category.
- The Bison return home this weekend for two matches. They score 6.33 goals per game at home, compared to just 3.67 on the road. They get the same amount of caused turnovers at home (18) as they do on the road.
Jacksonville (10-4; 7-0) - Follow @JUWLAX
- Erika Brager set a new ASUN single-game record with nine caused turnovers last week on her way to the Defensive Player of the Week honor. She moved into the lead in the ASUN in that category with 26 caused turnovers this season.
- The Dolphins have continued their ASUN regular season dominance as they sit at 7-0 this season. Jacksonville's 28.21 shots on goal per game are first in the NCAA, while their 16.29 goals per contest are the third most in Division I Women's Lacrosse.
- The dynamic duo of Danielle Della Rocca (43) and Courtney Valdez (33) has been the second highest scoring duo in the ASUN. Della Rocca has now scored 40 or more goals in three consecutive seasons, with her best mark of 55 coming in 2015.
- Sydney Matthews has anchored an incredible defense for the Dolphins this season. She allows only 5.02 goals per game in conference play, and her 55.6 save percentage leads all ASUN goalies. The Dolphins will have a chance to clinch the top seed in the ASUN Championship with two wins this weekend.
Kennesaw State (7-7; 3-4) - Follow @KSUOwlsLAX
- The Owls suffered a set back last weekend with two losses as they look to get back to the ASUN Championship once again. Kennesaw State fell at Jacksonville, while dropping a heart breaker at Stetson, 19-18 in overtime.
- Olivia Hokanson has come back from injury and been an instant impact player for the Owls. She has 15 goals in just four games played, including scoring seven in the match at Stetson. When healthy, she has been a dynamic offensive player with two 40+ goal seasons for the Owls.
- The Owls continue to dominate the draw control as they lead the ASUN in that category. They win 16.29 draw controls per game, the fourth most this week in the NCAA. They have 10 or more draw controls in 13 of 14 games this season.
- Kennesaw State will look for its first win against Old Dominion this weekend. They have dropped both of their previous matchups with the Monarchs by a combined score of 37-11. This Owls team under new leadership looks to reverse that trend on Friday night.
Mercer (11-3; 6-1) - Follow @MercerWLax
- The Bears are one of two teams who have already clinched a spot in the postseason. They have already set program records for most wins in a single season and most conference wins. They wil travel to Old Dominion on Saturday looking to stay in the hunt for a top-two seed.
- Lindsey Zeltwanger scored her 100th career goal for the Bears last weekend, becoming the first in program history to reach that milestone. She has surpassed last season's goal scoring and assists totals already as she is one of only two players in the NCAA with 40+ goals and 40+ assists this year.
- Eva Thorn netted the crucial game-winning overtime goal to cap a furious second half rally at Stetson last weekend. Thorn has now scored at least one goal in four of her last five games for the Bears entering this weekend's action.
- Mercer continues to lead the ASUN in multiple categories including assists (121) and ground balls (374). Goalie Haleigh Wurzel holds the team lead with 45 ground balls picked up, which ranks her fourth in the ASUN entering this weekend.
Old Dominion (6-7; 2-4) - Follow @ODULacrosse
- The Monarchs have lost two consecutive games for the second time this season after dropping games at Central Michigan and Detroit Mercy last weekend. They need a bounce back weekend at home when they host Kennesaw State and Mercer with postseason implications on the line.
- Four different Monarchs have tallied 10 or more goals this season, with Connor Carson leading the way with 31 goals. Sophia Richie and Cydney Tutchton are tied for second on the squad with 17 tallies as we enter the final weeks of the regular season.
- Kerri Caruso (23) and Natalie Ledwitz (22) lead the team in the caused turnover category. The rank third and fourth respectively in the conference entering this weekend's games. Caruso has caused at least one turnover in 12 of the 13 games played this season.
- Old Dominion's team save percentage of 47.7 ranks second overall in the ASUN. In league play, that number has gone up to 50.0 percent. Maggi Buckley's 126 saves this season are second most in the conference.
Stetson (5-9; 5-2) - Follow @StetsonLacrosse
- The Hatters had their win streak snapped last weekend in a thrilling overtime loss to Mercer. Just a couple days prior, Stetson won in overtime against Kennesaw State by the score of 19-18. It marked the first overtime games in Hatter history.
- Stetson's offense has scored 10 or more goals in seven of its last eight games. They have also had two games during that stretch with 10 assists. With 16.29 goals per game in conference play, the Hatters offense enters the weekend ranked fourth in the ASUN.
- Led by Maddie Holvey's 37 draw controls, the Hatters have excelled in that category in conference play. Holvey ranks seventh in the ASUN in that category, while the team sits in second place with 16.14 draw controls per contest against conference opponents.
- Sam Maguire continues to be red hot for the Hatters as she leads the team in goals with 38. She has scored multiple goals in nine of 14 games this season, including in six consecutive games entering this weekend. The Hatters are looking for at least one win on the road to clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship.