April 17, 2009

Delaware Wins at James Madison

from press release

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team defeated Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison 10-6 on the road Friday night on the strength of three goals apiece by senior Alexis Curcio and sophomore Holly Burman.

James Madison (5-9, 1-4) out-shot Delaware (8-6, 4-1) 25-17, won the groundball battle 12-9 and draw control battle 10-8, but only converted three of 14 free-position attempts as Delaware goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny made eight saves to pick up the win. The Blue Hens, meanwhile, converted all four of their free-position shots.

Both teams were penalized heavily throughout the game, particularly Delaware in the first half with 24. The two teams combined for 64 penalties in the game. Delaware committed 12 turnovers to the Dukes’ nine.

Curcio opened the scoring for the night with a free-position goal a little over two minutes into the game. Sophomore Ali Libertini followed with an unassisted goal shortly thereafter to give the Hens a 2-0 advantage.The Dukes would then scored two goals to tie the score in a span of almost eight minutes.

A little over a minute after JMU tied the score at two, Burman scored two consecutive goals within 19 seconds of one another to begin a 6-0 run to end the first half. Curcio also added her second and third goal as part of that run. Senior Deb Sloan’s goal with 3:47 capped the run and gave Delaware an 8-2 advantage into halftime.

JMU would then go on a 3-0 run with goals by Jaime Dardine, Ashley Kimener and Monica Zabel all within the first four minutes of the second stanza to bring the score to 8-5 at 26:32.

Neither team would score for the next 15 minutes until Burman’s third goal of the night pushed the UD lead back to 9-5. JMU’s Mary Kate Lomady scored her second goal of the night at 9:45 to again bring the Dukes within three, but that would be the cloest they would get.

Sloan added her second goal of the night at 6:49, and Delaware’s defense maintained the three-goal lead the rest of the way.

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