COLLEGE, Pa., March 6, 2013 -- James Madison (3-1) fell just short of an
upset at seventh-ranked Penn State (4-1) as the Nittany Lions eked out a 13-12 win in women's lacrosse Wednesday
afternoon at Holuba Hall.
Penn State opened the game by scoring five unanswered goals in the first 4:13, and the Lions extended that lead to seven, 10-3, with 2:20 left before halftime.
However, JMU outscored Penn State 9-3 the rest of the way to close the gap to 13-12 with 3:28 to play. The Dukes then controlled the ensuing draw but turned the ball over, and Penn State ran out the clock.
JMU had a 14-13 advantage in draw controls, but Penn State held the shot advantage at 25-22.
Dukes sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made seven saves, and Penn State gaolkeeper Emi Smith had five stops.
The Dukes were led in scoring by junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) and redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll), each with three goals, and Ancarrow also had an assist. JMU also got two goals each from junior Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman Jaci Gordon (Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy).
Penn Stats's Maggie McCormick led all players with six goals, and Mackenzie Cyr scored three times. Both McCormick and Cyr handed out two assists.
Other statistical leaders for the Dukes were Roguski and Gordon, each with three ground balls, and sophomore Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) with two ground balls.
Redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) was the team leader with four draw controls, Ancarrow controlled three, and sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) and redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) each controlled two draws.
Cross, senior Amanda Mathews (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and senior Nicole Stiles (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) each finished with two caused turnovers.
The Dukes continue a stretch of three straight road games with a match at Richmond on March 9.
* JMU's Casey Ancarrow's three-goal, one-assist game gave her a career total of 184 points (133 goals, 51 assists). She moved from 11th place to tied for ninth on JMU's career points list. She passed Natasha Fuchs ('08, 182) and is tied with Sue Peacock ('84, 184) for ninth.