CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 21, 2012 -- James Madison took an early lead, but the No. 12 ranked Virginia women's lacrosse team rallied to post a 13-9 win over the Dukes Wednesday night.
JMU's record now stands at 4-4, while Virginia has a 5-4 record.
With the contest tied at 6-6 with 6:48 left in the first half, the Cavaliers held JMU to a single goal while scoring six times to take an insurmountable 12-7 lead with 4:03 to play.
Sloan Warren scored three of UVa's goals during the run, and Josie Owen added two scores. Owen finished the night with six goals and an assist, and Warren contributed five goals.
Owen and Warren each converted free-position attempts in the opening 1:33 of the game for an early 2-0 Virginia lead.
However, JMU outscored the Cavaliers 4-1 in a span of just over 12 minutes to go up 4-3 with 14:55 left in the first half. Four Dukes tallied goals, and senior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) assisted two of the scores.
Owen netted back-to-back goals at 13:28 and 11:39 to put the Cavaliers back on top 5-4. JMU senior Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) tied the game on a free-position shot at 10:52, but a free-position score by Owen at 10:18 put Virginia ahead again at 6-5. Another Kimener goal, assisted by Zabel, at 6:48, tied the game at 6-6 before the Dukes' scoring drought enabled the Cavaliers to take the lead for good.
Kimener and senior Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) led JMU with three goals apiece and sophomore Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) scored twice. Redshirt junior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll), a Tewaaraton Award candidate, scored JMU's other goal, giving her a point in each of her 51 career games.
Virginia out-shot JMU 30-18, but Dukes' freshman goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made 11 saves to help keep JMU in the game. UVA goalie Kim Kolarik made only four saves. UVa held a 15-9 advantage on draw controls.
Ancarrow, Zabel and senior Ariel Lane (Vero Beach , Fla./Vero Beach) each controlled three draws, and Zabel led JMU with two caused turnovers and four assists. Healy had three ground balls, and junior Kelsey MacDonald (Glyndon, Md./Bryn Mawr) picked up two ground balls.