April 5, 2014

JMU Opens CAA Play with Win Over William & Mary

from press release

HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison lacrosse opened its 2014 Colonial Athletic Association slate with an 18-11 victory over William & Mary on Saturday afternoon, its third consecutive win of the season.  The win also marked the fifth consecutive season the Dukes opened league action with a victory.

JMU is 7-5 overall and 1-0 in CAA play while William & Mary is 2-9 overall and 0-1 in CAA play.  This was JMU’s fourth game of a four-game homestand as the Dukes head on the road for their next two CAA match-ups.

Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) tallied the victory with 11 saves and eight goals allowed while Meredith Crizer took the loss after three saves and 11 goals allowed.

Eight Dukes scored to compile the 18 total goals.  Junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) led the Dukes with five goals, tying her career high, and three assists for a game-high and season-high eight points on the day.  Senior attacker Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) posted a second-best five points on the afternoon with four goals and an assist.

William & Mary was led by Alexi Farmakis, who posted three points on the afternoon on two goals and an assist.  Jenna Dougherty, Ellen Shaffrey and Kaleigh Noon also scored two goals.

After the Tribe scored the first two goals of the game over the first 3:13 played, the Dukes forged ahead on a 4-0 run to take their first and final lead of the day.  While William & Mary cut the lead to one at 4-3, another 4-0 run by Madison pushed the advantage to five (8-3).

The Tribe closed the gap to as few as three goals (10-7, 26:40 2nd half) before the Dukes used an 8-0 run to jump out to an 11-goal lead (18-7), their largest of the afternoon, before a 4-0 run by William & Mary closed out the game for the 18-11 final score.

Six Dukes were responsible for 11 assists, led by junior midfielder Ali Curwin’s (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) game-high four assists.  Junior defender Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) and redshirt-senior attacker Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) each tallied their first assists of the season in the game.

Madison won 13 of the draws while William & Mary controlled 18 draws, including two face-offs.  The Dukes outshot the Tribe 25-23 overall with a 14-11 shot advantage in the first stanza.  JMU also tallied four of five free-position shots attempted while William & Mary was successful on three of six free-position attempts.

The Dukes hit the road for two conference match-ups next weekend, beginning with a trip to Delaware on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m.  The game marks the Blue Hens’ “One Love” game in honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love and domestic violence awareness.

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