April 20, 2012

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JMU Comes From Behind to Down Delaware

from press release

NEWARK, Del. -- A goal by senior Ariel Lane (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) with 5:53 to play lifted James Madison to a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse Friday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

The defending two-time CAA champion Dukes improved their overall record to 10-5 and remained unbeaten in conference play with a 6-0 record.  JMU entered the game tied for first in the CAA standings with Towson, which takes 5-0 record into a 7 p.m. home game Friday against George Mason.

Delaware dropped to 2-4 in the CAA and 4-12 overall.

It was the sixth straight win for JMU, which trailed by as many as three goals in the first half and took its first lead of the contest on Lane's game-winning score.

A pass from senior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) to Lane set up the winning score.  Zabel's assist, her 41st of the year, tied the JMU season record set by Megan Riley in 1999.

Zabel netted a game-high four goals, including two in a 3-0 game-ending scoring run.

With JMU down 11-9, it was Zabel's caused turnover with 11 minutes to play that gave the Dukes the ball.  She then scored unassisted goals just 25 seconds apart to bring the Dukes from that two-goal deficit to an 11-11 tie.  Her first score came with 7:48 left and her second with 7:23 on the clock.


After Zabel's score narrowed the gap to 11-10 with 7:48 remaining, JMU controlled the next three draws, with the first two of those leading to Zabel's tying goal and Lane's winning score.

A turnover by the Dukes with 1:48 remaining gave Delaware a final chance to tie, but a save by freshman goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) on a shot by Allison Hahn with eight seconds to go preserved the win.
 
Delaware scored just 37 seconds into the game on a free-position attempt by Chelsea Fay and after a goal by JMU senior Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) at 28:05, the Blue Hens scored the game's next three goals for a 4-1 lead with 15:02 left in the first half.

JMU, however, scored three times in a span of 2:29 to tie the game at 4-4.  Redshirt freshman Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) converted a free-position attempt at 13:23, and Kimener scored off a pass from Zabel at 12:47.  Lane finished off the run with an unassisted goal at 11:22.

However, Delaware scored back-to-back goals to reclaim the lead at 6-4 with 8:10 left in the half.

A score by JMU sophomore Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) with under seven minutes to play in the first half followed by a Zabel goal just 55 seconds into the second period tied the game at 6-6.

Again, Delaware scored consecutive goals, take a 8-6 lead at 26:05.  After JMU got goals from Zabel and Roguski to tie the game at 8-8 at 23:50, the Blue Hens scored three of the game's next four goals to again lead by two, 11-9, with 15:12 remaining.  JMU out-shot Delaware 4-2 in the final 15 minutes, scoring on three of those four attempts.

Healy finished with six saves while Delaware goalkeeper Alex Zaugra had five stops.

For the game Delaware out-shot JMU 25-21, but JMU held a 13-12 edge on draw controls.

In addition to Zabel, multiple-goal scorers for the Dukes included Lane with three and Roguski and Kimener with two each.

Delaware was led by Hahn, Bridget Burns and Caitlin McCartney, each with three goals.  Hahn also had two assists and Burns had one assist.

Dukes' freshman Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) led all players with four ground balls, and Roguski had a game-high five draw controls.  Zabel controlled three draws.


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