PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2013 -- The James Madison women's lacrosse team scored the game's first four goals and went on to post a 16-9 win at Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon.
JMU improved its overall record to 9-5 and its CAA record to 4-1. The win guaranteed JMU a berth in the four-team postseason CAA Tournament.
Drexel, which suffered its first league loss and saw its winning streak end at four games, has a 10-4 overall record and is 3-1 in league play.
JMU's leading scorer was sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) scoring on all four of her shots and adding an assist. Junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) tallied three goals, redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) scored twice and had two assists, and sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) contributed two goals and an assist. Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) was held scoreless for the first time this season, but she had a game-high three assists and now has a point in 69 of her 70 career games.
Drexel was led in scoring by Alyse Maiden with four goals and an assist; she was the only Dragon with multiple goals.
Roguski scored twice, both times off passes from McLouth, and Curwin and Finley each netted a goal in JMU's four-goal start over the first 16:45 of the opening half.
Drexel responded with three straight scores to cut the margin to 4-3 at the 10:57 mark. In the scoring stretch the Dragons controlled three consecutive draws and scored on three shots in a row, one by Emily Duffey, the second by Maiden and the final goal by Kelli Joran. The run covered a span of just 1:27.
However, the Dukes scored the game's next three goals to build a 7-3 lead on a Roguski goal off a Curwin pass at 3:46. Redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) started the 3-0 run with a goal assisted by Ancarrow at 9:03, and Curwin got the second goal, also on a pass from Ancarrow, at 6:39.
Drexel's Amanda Norcini scored just 11 seconds after Roguski had given the Dukes a four-goal lead, and her goal got the Dragons within 7-4 at intermission.
JMU put the game away by opening the second period with six straight goals. Curwin began and ended the run, scoring at 24:18 and again at 11:30 to push the Dukes lead to nine goals, 13-4, with 11:30 on the clock. Sandwiched between the two Curwin scores were goals by Finley, McLouth, redshirt junior Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and freshman Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley).
Drexel held the advantage on both shots (26-22) and draw controls (18-9) but turned the ball over 12 times to only seven for JMU.
JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made nine saves. Drexel starting goalkeeper Teresha Bradley had one save and allowed 12 goals in 44:22, and reserve Amanda Santandria had two saves and four goals allowed in the final 15:38.
Dukes sophomore Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) led her team with two ground balls, and Roguski had a team-high three draw controls. Senior Kelsey MacDonald (Glyndon, Md./Bryn Mawr) and Finley each controlled two draws.
* JMU's Casey Ancarrow's three assists gave her a career total of 215 points. She moved from sixth place to tied for fifth place on JMU's points list. She shares the spot with Julie Martinez ('00).