March 17, 2012
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The No. 20 James Madison Dukes used a seven-goal run at the opening of the second half to pull away from the No. 13 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team, en route to an 11-6 win Saturday afternoon at JMU’s Lacrosse Complex.
The Greyhounds (4-3) held a 5-3 halftime advantage, but saw their lead erased when the Dukes scored seven-unanswered goals to take a 10-5 lead with 13:36 to play.
The next 10 minutes were scoreless, until freshman Annie Thomas scored her game-high third goal at tfhe 3:04 mark. James Madison rounded out the scoring with a goal at 1:46 to bring the final score to 11-6.
Thomas led the way with her second career hat trick, while sophomore Marlee Paton added two goals for her 13th-straight game with a goal. Junior Cassandra Cursaro rounded out the scoring with one goal, while freshman Sydney Thomas added one assist.
For James Madison (4-3), Casey Ancarrow, Annie Brophy, Caitlin McHugh and Amy Roguski each had two goals.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 3-1 advantage at the opening of the first half, as Cursaro scored the first goal of the game. The Dukes then knotted the score at one, before Paton notched two-straight goals by the 20:23 mark to give Loyola a two-goal lead.
James Madison responded with back-to-back goals in the next 10 minutes, tying the game at 3-3 with 9:54 on the clock, but Annie Thomas fired two goals into the back of the net to give Loyola a 5-3 halftime advantage.
A quick goal for JMU at the opening of the second half pulled the Dukes within one, with 29:14 to play, before a second goal at 28:28 tied the game for the third time at five. A third goal at 24:44 gave them the Dukes their first lead of the game, before four-straight scores pushed them ahead five, 10-5, with 13:36 to play.
At the 3:04 mark, Annie Thomas slipped a low shot into the back of the net to mark the first Greyhound goal of the second half, but JMU would record the final goal of the day, bringing the score to 11-6.
Loyola will return to action on Saturday as it heads to No. 15 Georgetown for its BIG EAST opener. Opening draw is slated for 4 p.m.