JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 22, 2014 – Junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) scored the game-winning goal just 10 seconds into the second overtime period, securing the 16-15 victory for James Madison lacrosse at Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon.
JMU improved to 2-1 on the season with the win credited to junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.). Jacksonville fell to 1-3 on the year with the loss going to Asia Moore.
After the Dolphins used a 3-0 run to take a 15-14 lead over the Dukes with 3:30 left in regulation, senior attacker Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) found senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) 40 seconds later to tie the game at 15-all. Jacksonville was able to get a last-second shot off a free position, but the attempt went high.
The first two 3-minute overtime sections came up empty, sending the game into a sudden-victory second-overtime period. Finley secured the draw control and made her way downfield, firing off her fourth goal of the day to clinch the 16-15 win.
Finley led the offense with six points on Saturday off four goals and two assists. Roguski tied her with a game-high four goals while junior midfielder Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) and Rhoads tied a game-high two assists.
Sophomore midfielder Jaci Gordon (Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) added three goals against the Dolphins, all coming in the first half, and senior attacker Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) posted two goals and an assist.
The Dolphins were led by Morgan Derner with four goals, one assist and Taylor Mccord with two goals, four assists.
JMU won 18 of the 35 draws, including the opening draw of the third overtime period. The Dukes also won the turnover battle, causing 11 of the Dolphins’ 15 turnovers while only committing nine turnovers, with seven of those caused by Jacksonville.
JMU jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening moments of the first half, but a 3-0 run by Jacksonville gave the Dolphins the 4-3 lead 6:38 into the game. The Dukes responded with their own 3-0 run to retake the lead (6-4), but Jacksonville once again tied the game at 6-6. A 3-0 run by JMU put the Dukes back in front 9-6, but the Dolphins closed the half on another 3-0 run to tie the game 9-9 heading into the locker room.
After a 9-9 tie at halftime, the Dukes put together a 3-0 run to open the second period to take the 12-9 lead at 18:07. Rhoads found Roguski, who tallied her third goal of the day, to break the tie with 23:19 remaining. Just over two minutes later, Finley converted a free position to put the score at 11-9, and Curwin followed her with a solo goal to push the advantage to three goals.
Jacksonville pulled back to within two at the 15:23 mark as Kelsey Wiglesworth picked up the pass from Taylor Mccord. A minute later, Finley caused a turnover by Wiglesworth to regain possession for the Dukes, and Giles used the opportunity to score her second goal of the day and give JMU the 13-10 lead with 14:11 to go.
The Dolphins cut the lead to one after two straight goals, prompting JMU to call a timeout with 8:05 left on the clock. Just 40 seconds later, Finley found the back of the net for her third tally of the game and gave the Dukes a 14-12 lead with 7:25 to play. Jacksonville then poured in three straight goals to take its first lead of the second half before Madison tied the game with less than three minutes left in regulation.
JMU returns home for a two-game home stand beginning on March 1. The Dukes host Loyola (Md.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at University Park.