HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 23, 2013 -- The James Madison lacrosse team held off the Wales National Team for a 13-12 win in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon at University Park.
The Dukes never trailed in the game, but it took three saves in the closing minutes by sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) to preserve the victory.
Sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) scored five goals and junior Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) added three to lead JMU. Ros Lloyd-Rout contributed five goals for the Wales team.
It was Finley's fifth score with 7:58 remaining that was the eventual game-winner. Finley netted a goal off a pass from redshirt junior Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) to push JMU's advantage to 13-10.
On a day when most of the Dukes team members saw some playing time, JMU led by as many as four, 9-5, after Giles converted a free-position attempt with 23:17 on the clock.
But the Wales team outscored JMU 7-4 in the final 21 minutes to make the match close. Lloyd-Rout scored four of those seven, including three straight goals in a stretch of 2:28 that tied the game at 10 with 10:41 remaining.
JMU, however, responded with three goals in a span of 2:35 to push the lead to 13-10. Finley and Giles scored on free-position shots at 7:58 and 5:59, respectively, and Finley finished off the run with the goal that proved to be the game-winner at 7:58.
Wales controlled the next three draws and took advantage of that, as Becky Thomas scored her team's 11th and 12th goals at the 4:29 and 3:42 marks to trim JMU's lead to 13-12.
After that it was all Healy, as the Dukes goaltender first stopped a free-position shot by Lloyd-Rout with 2:12 to go. Sophy Coombes-Roberts controlled the rebound that came off Healy's stop, and she immediately fired on the JMU keeper, who turned that shot away at 2:01. Again, Wales gained possession on the rebound, but an attempt by Iona Dryden with 1:32 to play was controlled on a stop by Healy, and the Dukes were able to run the clock out.
Wales out-shot the Dukes 29-23, and Healy finished with 13 saves. The Welsh goalie, Gill Aldcroft, made five saves. Wales controlled 18 draws and JMU had nine draw controls.
In addition to Finley and Giles, senior Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) had multiple goals with two.
Freshman Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) led JMU with three draw controls, and five Dukes finished with two ground balls apiece. Senior Amanda Mathews (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) paced the Dukes with two caused turnovers.