April 11, 2014

Late Surge Lifts James Madison Over Delaware

from press release

Stephanie Finley (above) notched a hat trick, helping James Madison defeat Delaware on Friday night, 11-9. (Kevin P. Tucker)

NEWARK, Del. – A late three-goal run by James Madison lacrosse secured the 11-9 victory over Delaware, the Dukes' fourth straight win. Their victory also snapped the Blue Hens' nine-game win-streak in home games.

JMU improved to 8-5 overall with a 2-0 record against Colonial Athletic Association opponents. Delaware fell to 9-5 this season with a 2-2 record in CAA play.

Tied 7-7 with 18:59 remaining, the Dukes broke away with a three-goal run over a 2:57 span. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) put JMU ahead for good with a solo shot at the 16:43 mark, giving the Dukes an 8-7 advantage.

Thirty-four seconds later, senior attacker Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her lone tally of the day to put JMU ahead 9-7. With 13:46 left on the clock, junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) completed the run with her second goal of the day and pushed the Dukes to a three-goal advantage (10-7), their largest lead of the outing.

Delaware closed the gap to 10-8 with 9:08 remaining off an unassisted goal by Caitlin McCartney. Shannon Hawley pulled the Blue Hens to within one with 1:22 left off a pass from Kara Dattellas, but Finley corralled the ensuing draw control to secure the JMU possession.

Delaware committed a series of fouls in the final minute of the game, but were unable to take the ball from the Dukes. Finley picked up a pass from junior midfielder Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) for a last-second goal and the final 11-9 win.

In a game that featured six tie scores, junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) earned the win on nine allowed goals and five saves. Tori Zorovich was charged with the loss after 11 allowed goals and five saves.

Finley led the JMU scoring effort with a team-high three goals. Senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) tied for game-high points (3) off one goal and a pair of assists. Gress and redshirt-senior attacker Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) followed with two points each as Gress had two goals and Piotrowicz had a goal and an assist.

For the Blue Hens, Hawley led with a game-high four goals. Chelsea Fay added two goals of her own while McCartney posted a goal and an assist for two points on the evening.

Overall, JMU outshot Delaware 23-19. The Dukes also controlled 15 draws compared to the Blue Hens' six, but UD was able to edge JMU 14-10 in ground balls.

On defense, senior defender Leah Perrotta (Forest Hills, Md./Fallston) led JMU with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Curwin added two caused turnovers of her own while Healy and redshirt-junior defender Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) picked up two grounds balls each.

JMU wraps up its regular-season road schedule on Sunday, April 13 as the Dukes travel to reigning CAA-champion Towson. Opening draw takes place at 1 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

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