May 7, 2011

James Madison Repeats as CAA Champ

from press release

TOWSON, Md. -- Senior attacker Mary Kate Lomady lit the lamp for two goals to lead second-seeded James Madison past top-seeded Towson, 8-6, in Saturday's CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship game at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. With their second consecutive and eighth overall conference title, the Dukes receive the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

After junior midfielder Jackie LaMonica gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on a free-position shot with 22:49 remaining in the first half, the Dukes scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 advantage with 16:57 left. Lomady tallied two goals during the spurt while junior attacker Monica Zabel contributed a pair of assists.

Freshman attacker Rhiannon Coogle narrowed the deficit to 3-2 with 16:26 left before the Dukes extended their lead to 5-2 with goals from redshirt sophomore attacker Casey Ancarrow and redshirt sophomore midfielder Rebecca McLouth.

With 8:50 left in the first half, senior attacker Jess Dunn scored off a feed from sophomore midfielder Ashley Waldron to close the gap to 5-3. Junior attacker Ariel Lane would give JMU a 6-3 lead at the half when she scored off an Ancarrow feed with five seconds remaining.

Trailing by three goals to open the second half, the Tigers scored three times in the first 13 minutes to tie the game at 6-6. After sophomore midfielder Kelly Custer scored on a free-position shot with 25:50 remaining, sophomore midfielder Kelly Murkey converted a free-position shot to cut the margin to 6-5 with 17:47 left.

LaMonica then tied the game at 6-6 when she netted an unassisted goal past junior goalkeeper Alex Menghetti.

The Dukes would answer by scoring twice in a 52-second span to regain a two-goal advantage. With 14:47 left, junior midfielder Caitlin McHugh scored off a feed from junior midfielder Annie Brophy for her 19th goal of the season. Then, Brophy gave JMU an 8-6 lead when she scored her fifth goal of the season on a pass from Ancarrow.

From there, the Dukes held possession and limited the Tigers to just two shots over the final 13 minutes to secure the victory.

While Ancarrow led the Dukes with a goal and two assists, Lomady scored twice for James Madison and was named the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player. She scored four goals with two assists in the Dukes' two games.

LaMonica led the Tigers with two goals in a losing effort while junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made 10 saves.

Lomady was joined on the All-Tournament team by Lane, junior defender Cally Chakrian and senior defender Diana Apel. Dunn and Custer collected All-Tournament Team accolades for the Tigers along with sophomore defender Alexa Demski.

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