HARRISONBURG, Va., May 14, 2011 - James Madison's comeback effort in the final minutes came up just short against Princeton, 11-10, in the in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship on Saturday at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.
The Dukes had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds, but junior Ariel Lane (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) had her shot turned away by goalkeeper Erin Tochihara with 17 seconds to go to preserve the victory for Princeton.
The Tigers won for the fifth time in a row and improved to 12-6 on the season to advance to next weekend's quarterfinal against defending national champion Maryland, which beat Navy 19-6. The Dukes ended their season with a 15-4 overall mark, and the loss snapped a six-game win streak.
Charlotte Davis led Princeton with three goals and an assist, while Cassie Pyle and Lizzy Drumm each recorded two goals. Tochihara made a game-high eight saves, including
Junior Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) and Lane each scored three goals apiece, while senior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington) had two goals and an assist and junior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) tallied one goal and two assists for the Dukes.
Princeton led 11-8 with 8:14 to go in the game, but JMU got a pair of goals from Lane to cut the lead to just one. Lane received a pass from Zabel for the score with 6:27 to go and later scored on a free-position opportunity with 2:56 to play.
The Dukes controlled possession on the next draw, but Tochihara made a point-blank save on a shot by redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) with 1:52 to go. The Tigers' attempt to stall hit a snag when a turnover in the neutral zone by Lindsey deButts gave the ball back to JMU with just over a minute remaining.
Madison set up its offense, and Lane's shot in front of the cage with just 17 seconds to go was again saved by Tochihara. Drumm picked up the ground ball for the Tigers to run out the clock and pick up the victory.
JMU outshot Princeton 22-20 and held a 13-10 advantage on the draw, while both teams had nine caused turnovers each. The Dukes converted on two of three free-position attempts, while the Tigers scored only once in three tries.
Lane had a game-high four draw controls, and Kimener and redshirt junior Alex Menghetti (Media, Pa./Penncrest) tied for game highs in ground balls with four each. Senior Diana Apel (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg), junior Cally Chakrian (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) and Kimener also led the team in caused turnovers with two apiece.
The Tigers jumped out to the early 4-0 advantage less than six minutes in. Goals by Maise DeVine and Drumm separated by just 45 seconds gave Princeton a 2-0 lead. Caroline Markowitz took advantage of a JMU turnover and scored 5:01 in to extend the lead to 3-0, and Sarah Lloyd completed the run when she tallied with 24:05 to go.
The Dukes answered with four goals of their own in a 10-minute span to knot the game at 4-4 with 10:01 to go in the half. Zabel's wrap-around score with 20:04 remaining to cut the lead to 4-1, and Ancarrow struck with a goal 16 seconds later. Kimener cut the lead to one with 17:56 to go, and Lane tied the game after ducking a pair of defenders for the score.
After Davis scored for the Tigers to regain the lead, JMU scored three times in less than two minutes to go ahead 7-5. Zabel assisted on a Kimener goal with 6:18 to play to tie the contest at 5-5. Junior Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) fired a free-position shot into the back of the cage to give JMU the lead with 4:58 to go, and Lomady won the draw and scored in transition nine seconds later.
Davis tied the game at 7-7 heading into halftime with a pair of goals, one coming with just four seconds left from 12 meters out.
Princeton took back the lead with a goal by Pyle just under four minutes into the second frame. The Tigers doubled their lead to 9-7 after Pyle found Jaci Gassaway for the score with 19:04 to go.
Kimener cut the lead back to one with 17:48 to play when McHugh dished the ball to her in front off of a free-position attempt.
The Tigers responded with two goals to up their lead to 11-8 with 8:14 to go. Pyle's free-position goal with 11:08 left put the lead back to two at 10-8 and Gassaway passed to Drumm, who scored and gave Princeton a three-goal advantage.
JMU Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe
"Unfortunately for us we were a little flat to start. Even though we did a great job of not giving up and fighting back, and getting ourselves back in the game, pretty much all game things weren't really falling for us the way that they have all year. Credit to our team showing that relentless drive to continue to fight, continue to push, continue to believe and make it a game all the way up until the end. We had our chances (to score at the end) with the right people with the ball, and we just couldn't get it in the back of the net."
"I credit Princeton for making the adjustments they made from the first game." (a 10-5 JMU win on March 15)
Princeton Head Coach Chris Sailer
"I thought it was a great effort by both teams. We knew that JMU was a really tough team, and that they battled hard, and that we need to match their energy with our energy, and then some."
"We got off to a fantastic start and then we weathered the storms. We talked about being able to maintain our energy and maintain our toughness through what might happen in the game. Certainly when JMU came back and outscored us 7-1 we didn't fold, we found our rhythm and then just played tough. Down the stretch Touch (goalkeeper Erin Touchihara) made some huge saves. She just picked their pockets and gave us a chance to win the game."