BALTIMORE, Md., March 16, 2013 -- James Madison (5-1) rallied from a 4-0 halftime deficit to win 9-8 in overtime at 11th-ranked Loyola (2-5) in women's lacrosse Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland).netted the game-winner with nine seconds left in overtime after junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) scored the tying goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. Then sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made a stop on a Loyola shot with one second to go to preserve the win.
Curwin, Roguski and redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) led JMU with two goals apiece.
The Dukes never led in regulation, but after allowing Loyola to get off to a 4-0 halftime lead, JMU scored three times in the first 3:22 of the second half to cut the margin to 4-3. Ancarrow, Curwin and redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) each scored during the run.
Loyola tallied two of the game's next three goals to go up 6-4 with 20:13 to play. However, back-to-back goals by freshman Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) and Ancarrow tied the game at 6 with 12:09 on the clock.
Taryn Vanthof converted a free-position attempt with 6:31 to play to put Loyola ahead 7-6. The Greyhounds controlled the ensuing draw but turned the ball over with 2:50 to play.
After a JMU timeout, the Dukes worked the ball up the field. With Ancarrow double-teamed near the crease, Roguski came around the goal and delivered a shot into the net from close range on the left side with 15 seconds remaining.
In the first three-minute half of overtime, JMU senior Amanda Mathews (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) controlled the opening draw, and Roguski gave the Dukes their first lead of the game, 8-7, when she scored an unassisted goal 1:10 into the period. Ancarrow controlled the following draw, but her shot with 11 seconds to go was stopped by Loyola goalkeeper Molly Wolf.
One minute into the second three-minute overtime half, Venthof scored to tie the game a 8-8.
Then Curwin got the draw control, and with the clock winding down, she scored what proved to be the game-winner at the nine-second mark.
Loyola controlled the next draw and had one last chance to score, but Healy stopped the shot by Annie Thomas with one second to go.
Healy and Wolfe each finished with eight saves.
Statistical leaders for JMU included Curwin with a game-high four ground balls and Healy with three GBs. Ancarrow had a game-high four draw controls, and Starkloff controlled three draws. Four JMU players each caused one turnover.
JMU held a 22-19 advantage on shots and an 11-10 advantage in draw controls.
It was the second straight win for JMU and concluded a a stretch of three straight road games. JMU is back in action on Wednesday, March 20, for a 7 p.m. home contest against ninth-ranked Virginia.
* JMU's Casey Ancarrow's two goals gives her a career total of 140. She moved from tied for seventh on JMU's career goals list to sixth place, formerly held by Diane Buch ('88) with 139.