May 2, 2014

JMU Closes Out Delaware to Reach CAA Final

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – No. 2 James Madison lacrosse used a 3-0 run over the final 6:12 to finish No. 3 Delaware 13-9 in the semifinal round of the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament on Friday night.  The Dukes advance to Sunday’s title game and face top-seeded Towson on at 1 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on the campus of William & Mary.

JMU improved to 11-6 on the year while Delaware finished its season at 10-7. Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) earned the win after making six saves, including five during the second half, and allowing nine goals.  Tori Zorovich posted the loss for the Blue Hens after allowing 10 goals in the first half.

With JMU leading 10-5 at halftime, UD opened the second stanza on a four-goal run to cut the JMU advantage to one goal (10-9) with 12:55 remaining in the game.   The Dukes remained scoreless in the second half until junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) scored off a free position with 6:12 to play, giving JMU an 11-9 lead. She sparked a three-goal run by Madison to close the game and secure the 13-9 victory.

Senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) led the Dukes with six points, five of which came on the first five tallies by Madison, off three goals and three assists.  Redshirt-freshman attacker Betsy Angel (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) came off the bench to score three goals, and senior attacker Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) added three points off two goals and one assist.

Delaware’s Caitlin McCartney scored a team-high three goals, including two to tie the game at 5-5.  Shannon Hawley and Casey Lyons each posted three points for the Blue Hens as Hawley tallied two goals and one assist while Lyons notched two assists and one goal.

The Dukes won the battle on the draw, controlling 15 draws to Delaware’s eight.  Finley led the way with six, pushing her single-season record to 63, while sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) secured four draw controls.  Gress also added a team-high three caused turnovers as the Dukes edged the Blue Hens 8-7 in turnovers.

Madison and Delaware traded goals to start the game before JMU scored four of the next five goals to take a 5-2 advantage with 18:36 left in the first half. A 3-0 run by Delaware, however, tied the game at 5-all with 13:46 left before halftime.

JMU broke a 5-5 tie with a five-goal run over the final 11:43 of the first half.  Rhoads capped the run with a goal at the buzzer from Gress to give the Dukes a 10-5 lead heading into the locker room.

The CAA championship game between No. 1 Towson and No. 2 JMU begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.  The game will be broadcast for free on CAA.TV.

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