ASUN notebook: Jacksonville University dominates ASUN women's lacrosse post-season awards

Garry Smits
Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville University senior attack Sarah Elms was unanimously voted the ASUN player of the year by the conference coaches.

There wasn't much debate among ASUN coaches when it came to voting on the women's lacrosse awards. 

Jacksonville University's Mindy McCord is the coach of the year for the fifth time and senior attack Sarah Elms was the player of the year. Both were unanimous. 

Adding to the Dolphins sweep was junior midfielder Molly Brock, who was the defensive player of the year. 

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McCord led JU to its eighth ASUN title and fourth in a row. The Dolphins (11-1) will play their opening NCAA tournament game against Vanderbilt at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Gainesville. 

Elms leads the Dolphins with 51 goals and 61 points (both second in the ASUN) and was the ASUN tournament MVP, where she scored 12 goals in two games. She had six games with five or more goals and 10 with three or more. 

Brock has been the ASUN defensive player of the week three times and tied the program record for draw controls in one game with 13 against Florida and led JU with 19 forced turnovers. 

Joining Elms and Brock on the first team are senior attacks Jenny Kinsey and Alyssa Arnold and senior defender Casey Sullivan. Kinsey has 40 goals and 15 assists and Arnold is tied for first in the ASUN with 20 assists. Sullivan forced 16 turnovers. 

Junior goalkeeper Danya Martinetto, who leads the ASUN with a .549 save percentage and has allowed the fewest goals per game (6.56) is on the second team, along with junior midfielder Beth Cornelius and senior midfielder Lauren Phillips. Attack Brianna Samuels made the all-freshman team.  

UNF, JU, Stetson play ball 

Two attempts at holding round-robin baseball sets within the conference failed this season because of various COVID-19 related issues but the University of North Florida, Jacksonville and Stetson will fill one of those gaps beginning on Friday when they engage in a three-team weekend series in which each teams plays two games. 

None of the games will count in the conference standings, which were finalized last week, along with the first round of the ASUN tournament set with best two-of-three sets at the schools with the better records. 

University of North Florida center fielder Blake Marabell hit a game-winning two-run homer and robbed a Stetson player of a home run with a spectacular catch in last week's series.

UNF (18-20) will play at JU (10-30) for the seventh time this season at 7 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The Dolphins will then play at Stetson (25-20) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and the Hatters come to Jacksonville on Sunday to face the Ospreys at Harmon Stadium, at 3:05 p.m. 

That will also be UNF's Senior Day. 

The conference tournament opens on May 21 when UNF plays host to Stetson at 6:05 p.m., then the following day at 2:05 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will be played May 23 at 1:05 p.m. 

JU will play at Florida Gulf Coast (27-18) on those days but FGCU hasn't yet set game times at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers. 

The two winners, along with the two teams from the ASUN North Division, will come to UNF May 27-29 for a four-team, double-elimination tournament for the ASUN title. 

If the UNF-Stetson series goes the full three games, they will have met seven times in 16 days. 

"It's not the ideal situation," said Ospreys coach Tim Parenton. "But our kids will play whoever's in front of them. The best thing about this team has been the unity they've shown this season. They believe in each other and believe they will win every game." 

Since a four-game losing streak in April, UNF has gone 9-5 (one of the losses was at South Carolina), 6-1 at home and is 4-2 in games decided by three runs or less, or in extra innings.  

Kachler finalist for baseball award 

UNF first baseman and ASUN hitting leader Alex Kachler is one of 10 finalists for the  NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Award, out of an initial list of 30 nominees and the only ASUN player represented. 

In addition to on-field accomplishments, student-athletes on the list must display high character, grades and exhibit community service. 

Fans can vote on the award at the CLASS website,

Kachler, a graduate senior transfer from Methodist University, is batting. 374 with 11 doubles, seven homers, 35 RBI and a .592 slugging percentage. Earlier this season, he tied the school record with hits in eight consecutive at-bats. 

He has a 4.0 grade point average in Management. 

The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2021 College World Series in June.  

Mincy completes staff 

Jacksonville University basketball coach Jordan Mincy has completed his staff hirings for the 2021-22 season by retaining former JU player Vince Martin and adding past Big South coach of the year Scott Cherry and former Nicholls State assistant Trevor Deloach. 

In addition, Jack Warren, who has been director of basketball operations for UNC-Asheville, will assume the same position for the Dolphins and Patrick Lewis will be a JU assistant strength and conditioning coach who will work primarily with men's basketball. 

Martin joined the JU men's basketball staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2019-20 season. He had been the coach at Bishop Snyder and worked with the Game Elite AAU program. 

After transferring from Young Harris, Martin started 30 games for the Dolphins in 2013-14, averaging 9.9 points and 4.7 assists.  

High Point won four regular-season Big South titles in a row under Cherry from 2013-16 and reached two NITs.