ASUN Notebook: JU Dolphin lacrosse programs dominate post-season awards in ASUN, SoCon

John Galloway, Mindy McCord earn coach of year honors; men's and women's teams sweep defensive, freshman player of year honors

Garry Smits
Florida Times-Union
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Jacksonville University goalkeeper Paige Pagano swept the ASUN's freshman and defensive player of the year awards.
  • JU women's lacrosse coach Mindy McCord earned her sixth ASUN coach of year award
  • JU men's coach Johh Galloway was named SoCon coach of the year for the second time
  • Paige Pagano, Jackson Intrieri named freshmen of the year, Pagano, Colin Hinton are defensive players of year

Jacksonville University's lacrosse teams dominated the post-season awards in their respective conferences. 

The JU women's team landed six players on the All-ASUN first team, with junior Molly Brock named the conference midfielder of the year and goalkeeper Paige Pagano named freshman of the year and defensive player of the year. 

Coach Mindy McCord also earned ASUN coach of the year for the sixth time. 

JU men's coach John Galloway matched that by being named the Southern Conference coach of the year for the second time. The Dolphins scored two major player awards with junior defender Colin Hinton named the defensive player of the year and attack Jackson Intrieri the freshman of the year. 

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Jackson Intrieri of Jacksonville University was named the SoCon freshman of the year.

Brock led the ASUN with 91 draw controls and is 23rd in the nation with 6.07 per game. Pagano is first in the ASUN in save percentage (.630) and fewest goals allowed per game (6.207). 

Joining them on the first team are senior attacks Sarah Elms (54 goals) and Jenny Kinsey (43 goals), graduate midfielder Megan Prescott (eight goals, 11 assists, 11 ground balls, 20 draw controls) and senior defender Casey Sullivan (18 forced turnovers, 22 ground balls, 29 draw controls). 

Pagano is joined on the ASUN All-Freshman team by attack Minya Scanlan (12 goals) and defender Kaila Stasulli. 

In addition to Hinton and Intrieri, the other JU men on the SoCon first team are junior midfielder Jack Dolan (for the third year, after collecting 14 goals and 21 assists), graduate attack Max Waldbaum (45 goals), graduate keeper Luke Millican (first in the SoCon with a .575 save percentage and 8.75 goals allowed per game), junior defender Dixon Smith, sophomore defender Jordan Young and sophomore midfielder Troy Hettinger. 

Team scoring leader Jacob Greiner (48 goals) and Ethan LaMond, both freshman attacks, made the second team. 

Both teams opened play in their conference tournaments on Thursday, the JU women playing Coastal Carolina at Rock Stadium and the JU men facing VMI in High Point, N.C.,  

Holden on a dominant run  

Peter Holden might be the hottest pitcher in the ASUN entering the May stretch run. 

The 6-foot-4 lefthander has gone 3-1 with one no-decision in his last five starts, capped by his complete-game shutout last week in a 3-0 victory over Kennesaw at Harmon Stadium. 

Holden baffled the ASUN's top-hitting team, allowing only two hits and two walks. It was UNF's first complete game in a nine-inning game since Nick Marchese beat NJIT 5-2 on April 13, 2019, and it was the first nine-inning, complete-game shutout for an Osprey pitcher since Evan Incinelli on May 20, 2015 in a 14-0 victory over Kennesaw. 

University of North Florida pitcher Peter Holden threw the first complete-game, nine-inning shutout for the Ospreys since 2015 in a 3-0 victory over Kennesaw last week.

Holden was named the ASUN pitcher of the week, the second for a UNF pitcher this season. Max McKinley earned the award in March. 

Holden, a transfer from Baton Rouge (La.) Community College who played high school baseball at Vero Beach has a 2.94 ERA with 23 strikeouts and only 23 hits and 13 walks allowed in his last 33.2 innings. The Ospreys are 4-1 in the last five games he's started. 

Holden has shown the ability to dominate games and let his defense work for him. In back-to-back games last month against Stetson and Jacksonville, he struck out 17 batters in 13.2 innings but in his last three starts, he's had six strikeouts. 

Against KSU, he got 14 groundball outs. 

Holden (3-2) might be contagious. Two days later McKinley and Dominick Madonna combined for nine strikeouts and two hits allowed in a 7-0 victory over the Owls to give UNF (18-27, 8-13) its second ASUN series victory in the last three weekends. 

The two shutouts of KSU came a month after the Owls battered the UNF staff for 40 runs and 47 hits in a game-game sweep in Georgia. It was the first time UNF had two shutouts in a three-game series since 2010 against USC Upstate and it was the first time KSU had been shut out in a nine-inning game this season.  

JU money in extra innings 

The Jacksonville University baseball team won the kind of game last Sunday that was a staple of their run from worst to first in the ASUN last season. 

The Dolphins were down to their final out twice, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Florida Gulf Coast to force extra innings, then needing two runs in the bottom of the 10th on Trace Burchard's single to beat the Eagles 9-8. 

JU is 3-0 in extra innings this season and is 15-9 under coach Chris Hayes. 

Christian Coipel of Jacksonville University had five home runs in a recent six-game stretch and has 12 for the season.

JU (23-18, 9-12) trailed 7-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but stitched together the tying rally on three walks and RBI singles by Christian Coipel and Tommy Joseph

The Eagles went ahead 8-7 in the top of the 10th but Burchard's hit scored Jackson Grabsky and Calvin Ridley with the tying and winning runs. 

Burchard recorded JU's first walk-off hit since Coipel delivered on March 8, 2020, with a single to score Scott Dubrule in a 2-1 victory over VMI. It was the Dolphins' second-to-last game before the rest of the season was canceled because of the pandemic. 

Coipel homered in the first inning, his fifth homer in six games, and the third time in that span in which he went deep on his first at-bat of the game. Coipel now has 12 homers and 48 RBI for the season.  

One weekend, numerous possibilities  

With two teams having completed their conference schedule and one weekend left for the other 10 teams, the ASUN softball situation is nearly as muddled as it was before the first conference games were played. 

The top-three teams in each division qualify for the tournament, with two more teams determined based first on head-to-head meetings, record vs. common ASUN opponents and finally the NCAA RPI. 

Consider this: only defending champion Liberty has anything locked up. When the Flames swept UNF last week, they finished their ASUN schedule with a 21-0 record and have clinched the East division title and the top seed in next week's tournament in Jacksonville, regardless of what happens in a three-game home series against Stetson that began on Thursday. 

UNF (16-8) has the inside track on the second seed but both Central Arkansas (14-7) and Jacksonville State (13-8) could catch the Ospreys for that spot and knock them down to a third seed. Those two teams play a three-game series at Central Arkansas beginning on Friday with the West division title at stake. 

Both need a sweep to snatch the second seed away from the Ospreys. Jacksonville State holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over UNF (2-1) and the Ospreys have the tiebreaker over Central Arkansas (3-0). 

Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State and North Alabama (12-9) have clinched spots in the tournament based on their finish in the ASUN West. But behind Liberty and UNF, there is a three-way tie among Jacksonville, Kennesaw and Stetson at 9-12, and Eastern Kentucky (9-12) and Lipscomb (7-14) are also still in the mix. 

The tournament begins on May 10 with single-elimination play-in games between the Nos. 5 vs. 8 and Nos. 6 vs. 7 seeds, with one game at JU and the other at UNF. 

Those winners will advance to the double-elimination draw at UNF on May 11. The championship game is on May 14 at 1 p.m.  

Ospreys land in New Haven

The UNF men's golf team is headed for Ivy League country in the NCAA tournament. The Ospreys are the seventh seed in the New Haven, Conn., regional May 16-18 at the Yale Golf Course, their 12th NCAA tournament in a row, and their eighth outside the state of Florida. UNF has played at far-flung places such as Eugene, Ore., Palo Alto, Calif., Tucson, Ariz.,  and Lubbock, Texas. UNF needs to finish among the top-five teams to reach the NCAA Championship May 27-June 1 at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... UNF women's tennis players Kit Gulihur and Ana Paula Melilo received individual invitations to the NCAA women's tennis tournament, the first automatic qualifiers in school history. In addition to singles, they will play in the NCAA doubles field May 23-28 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Ill., named for Jaguars owner Shad Khan and his wife Ann, who donated the money to build the complex. ... UNF men's player Dominak Barton will play in the men's singles that week after being the first UNF male player to reach the tournament since Jack Findel-Hawkins in 2016. 

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