Lacrosse Improves to 6-0 in CAA as Dukes Come from Behind for 12-11 Win at Delaware
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NEWARK, Del., April 20, 2012 -- A goal by senior
Ariel Lane (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) with 5:53 to play lifted James Madison to a 12-11
come-from-behind win at Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse Friday afternoon at Delaware
The defending two-time CAA champion Dukes improved their overall record to 10-5
and remained unbeaten in conference play with a 6-0 record. JMU entered the game tied for first in the CAA
standings with Towson, which takes 5-0 record into a 7 p.m. home game Friday
against George Mason.
Delaware dropped to 2-4 in the CAA and 4-12 overall.
It was the sixth straight win for JMU, which trailed by as many as three goals
in the first half and took its first lead of the contest on Lane's game-winning
A pass from senior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) to Lane set up
the winning score. Zabel's assist, her
41st of the year, tied the JMU season record set by Megan Riley in 1999.
Zabel netted a game-high four goals, including two in a 3-0 game-ending scoring
With JMU down 11-9, it was Zabel's caused turnover with 11 minutes to play that
gave the Dukes the ball. She then scored
unassisted goals just 25 seconds apart to bring the Dukes from that two-goal deficit
to an 11-11 tie. Her first score came
with 7:48 left and her second with 7:23 on the clock.
After Zabel's score narrowed the gap to 11-10 with 7:48 remaining, JMU
controlled the next three draws, with the first two of those leading to Zabel's
tying goal and Lane's winning score.
A turnover by the Dukes with 1:48 remaining gave Delaware a final chance to
tie, but a save by freshman goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) on a shot by Allison Hahn with eight seconds to
go preserved the win.
Delaware scored just 37 seconds into the game on a free-position attempt by Chelsea Fay and after a goal by JMU senior Ashley
Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) at
28:05, the Blue Hens scored the game's next three goals for a 4-1 lead with
15:02 left in the first half.
JMU, however, scored three times in a span of 2:29 to tie the game at 4-4. Redshirt freshman Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) converted a free-position
attempt at 13:23, and Kimener scored off a pass from Zabel at 12:47. Lane finished off the run with an unassisted
goal at 11:22.
However, Delaware scored back-to-back goals to reclaim the lead at 6-4 with
8:10 left in the half.
A score by JMU sophomore Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) with
under seven minutes to play in the first half followed by a Zabel goal just 55
seconds into the second period tied the game at 6-6.
Again, Delaware scored consecutive goals, take a 8-6 lead at 26:05. After JMU got goals from Zabel and Roguski to
tie the game at 8-8 at 23:50, the Blue Hens scored three of the game's next
four goals to again lead by two, 11-9, with 15:12 remaining. JMU out-shot Delaware 4-2 in the final 15
minutes, scoring on three of those four attempts.
Healy finished with six saves while Delaware goalkeeper Alex Zaugra had five stops.
For the game Delaware out-shot JMU 25-21, but JMU held a 13-12 edge on draw
In addition to Zabel, multiple-goal scorers for the Dukes included Lane with
three and Roguski and Kimener with two each.
Delaware was led by Hahn, Bridget Burns
and Caitlin McCartney, each with
three goals. Hahn also had two assists
and Burns had one assist.
Dukes' freshman Ali Curwin (Pittsford,
N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) led all players with four ground balls, and Roguski
had a game-high five draw controls.
Zabel controlled three draws.