February 23, 2012

No. 9 JMU Rallies Past Cal in Season Opener

from press release

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The ninth-ranked James Madison women's lacrosse team opened its season with a 13-9 come-from-behind win at California Thursday evening.

JMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the match, but Cal outscored JMU 5-2 over the remainder of the first half to take a 5-4 lead into intermission.  The Bears then increased their lead to 7-5 less than three minutes into the second half.

However, the Dukes scored eight goals while holding Cal to just two goals in the final 25:58 of the game.

Four Dukes scored multiple goals, with three goals each coming from seniors Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton), Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) and junior ArielLane (Vero Beach , Fla./Vero Beach).  Senior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) added two goals and a game-high three assists.

Kimener scored her three goals on just three shots, and McHugh scored threegoals on four shots.

Zabel, McHugh and senior Annie Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) led the Dukes with two draw controls apiece, and senior Cally Chakrian (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) had a game-high seven ground balls.

Cal was led in scoring by Paige Gasparino with three goals and Megan Takacs with two scores.

Dukes' redshirt junior goalkeeper Alex Menghetti (Media, Pa./Penncrest) finished with 10 saves, and Cal goaltender Megan McGinnnis made 13 stops.

The Dukes continue their West Coast trip with a 4 p.m. (ET) game at sixth-ranked Stanford on Feb. 25.

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