JMU's Senior Class, pictured above, from left to right: Rebecca McLouth, Kelsey MacDonald, Nicole Stiles, Amanda Mathews, Casey Ancarrow.
HARRISONBURG, Va., April 21, 2013 -- The James Madison women's lacrosse team finished off regular-season play with a win as the Dukes downed Old Dominion 17-2 in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon at University Park.
JMU improved its overall record to 11-5 and its CAA record to 6-1. ODU's record is 4-13 overall and 2-5 in the CAA.
The Dukes finished in a tie with Towson (6-1) for first in the CAA standings, but Towson will be seeded number one and JMU number two in the CAA Tournament due to Towson's regular-season win over JMU. The tournament's number three and four seeds will not be determined until the April 27 Drexel at Hofstra game. Drexel (4-2), Delaware (4-3) and Hofstra (3-3) are in the running for the final two tournament berths.
As the top seed, Towson will host the CAA semifinals and final on May 3 and 5.
In her final home game, redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) handed out a career-high five assists and also scored a goal for JMU. She also led all players with three ground balls. Another senior, Nicole Stiles (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), had a game-high three draw controls.
The Dukes were led in scoring by three players with three goals apiece: junior Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron), junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty), sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart). The other eight JMU goals were scored by eight different players.
JMU scored on its first three shot attempts as the Dukes jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Giles tallied the first goal, off a pass from senior Kelsey MacDonald (Glyndon, Md./Bryn Mawr), just 39 seconds into the match. McLouth then set up Roguski on back-to-back goals, the first 1:17 into the game and the second with 1:44 elapsed.
The Dukes were up 5-0 before ODU senior Jordynn Collins (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) scored the Monarchs' first goal with 21:27 left in the half. JMU led 8-2 at halftime and in the second period held ODU scoreless while netting nine goals.
JMU's shot advantage was 31-8, and JMU had 15 draw controls to six for the Monarchs. Dukes redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), playing in goal for the second game in a row, made six saves. ODU sophomore goalkeeper Karen Hayde (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) had nine stops.
* Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) had two draw controls to increase her career total to 119. She moved from tied for ninth to tied for eighth on JMU's career list. Ancarrow shares the spot with Alivian Coates ('00).
* Ancarrow scored a goal in the game and now has a point in 71 of her 72 career games.