April 24, 2011

JMU Wins on Another Last-Minute Goal

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- A goal by junior Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) with just under a minute to play gave James Madison (12-3, 6-1) a 9-8 win at Hofstra (5-10, 1-5) in Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse on Sunday afternoon.
 
The Dukes' win, combined with Towson's 12-11 overtime victory over William and Mary on Sunday, left JMU and the Tigers tied for first place in the CAA.  Towson earned the top seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament by virtue of its regular-season win over JMU.  The Dukes will be the number two seed in the four-team tournament.

William and Mary (4-2) has also clinched a berth in the CAA tournament, but W&M's seed and the final tournament berth have not been determined.  Old Dominion (3-3) and Drexel (3-3) are both contending for the last tournament spot.  ODU hosts William and Mary on April 27, and Drexel plays at Hofstra on April 28.  

In Sundays' game, the Dukes netted the game-winning goal in the final minute for the second time in three days.  On Friday, redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) scored with seven seconds remaining for a 9-8 victory at Drexel.

After trailing 5-2 midway through the first half, the Pride outscored the Dukes 5-1 to go up 7-6 on Jill Maier's third goal of the day with 18:23 remaining in the second period.  JMU did not lead again until Kimener's game-winning score.

JMU junior Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) tied the game at 7-7 with a score at 16:43, but Hofstra's Katie Hertsch put the Pride back on top with a goal with 5:12 left.

Dukes' junior Annie Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) controlled the ensuing draw, and senior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington) fired a shot into the net with 4:00 on the clock to tie the match at 8-8.

McHugh got possession for JMU on the subsequent draw control.  After a shot by junior Ariel Lane (Vero Beach , Fla./Vero Beach) hit the post at the 1:26 mark, JMU junior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) gathered the ground ball to give the Dukes' possession, and Kimener tallied the go-ahead score.

In the first half, JMU scored four unanswered goals in a span of 5:57 to build a 5-2 lead with 17:58 left.  Lomady started the run with an unassisted goal at 23:55, and Ancarrow scored a solo goal at 20:54.  Then Lomady fed Lane for a score at 20:00, and Zabel finished off the run, scoring off a pass from McHugh, at 17:58.

Lomady scored four goals and was the Dukes' only player with multiple goals; she also had an assist.  Maier led Hofstra with three scores.

Hofstra held a 22-17 shot advantage, but JMU held the edge on draw controls 11-8 and controlled five of the six second-half draws.

JMU redshirt junior goalkeeper Alex Menghetti (Media, Pa./Penncrest) made seven saves, including stops on three of Hofstra's final five attempts of the match.  Her save of a shot by Claire Brady with two seconds left in regulation clinched the Dukes' victory.

Hofstra goalie Jackie Pandolf made 4 saves.

Brophy and junior Cally Chakrian (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led JMU in ground balls with two apiece.  Kimener, Lane, Zabel and senior Diana Apel (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) each had two draw controls for the Dukes.  Six JMU players each had a caused turnover.


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