March 1, 2014

No. 7 Loyola Woes Continue in Loss to James Madison

from staff reports

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison women's lacrosse team rallied from a 5-1 first-half deficit to earn an 8-7 victory over visiting Loyola (Md.), March 1. With the win, the Dukes advance to 3-1 on the season, while the No. 7 Greyhounds dropped their second straight one-goal decision to an unranked team to fall to 2-2.

Sophomore Jaci Gordon (Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) got her second goal of the match with 7:40 to play and it proved to be the game winner for Madison, as seven different Dukes tallied goals in the win. Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) tallied nine saves in the win, as she limited the Greyhounds to just two goals over the final 48 minutes of the game.

Loyola went nearly 30 minutes between goals - taking a 5-1 lead on Marlee Paton's goal with 12:06 left to play in the first half. The Greyhounds did not score again until the 12:12 mark of the second half when Kara Burke scored to tie the game 6-6.

Amy Roguski answered that goal just over a minute later to allow JMU to regain the lead and Gordon's second goal gave the Dukes a two-goal cushion. Loyola's Annie Thomas scored with 4:07 left to cut the JMU lead to one, but the Dukes held off Loyola in the closing minutes.

Thomas led the Greyhounds with five points on one goal and four assists, while Paton had two goals. Molly Wolf made 11 saves for Loyola.

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