Two Runs Key Women's Lacrosse Victory Over James Madison

March 19, 2011

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland used separate runs of six and four unanswered goals on Saturday afternoon, and the sixth-ranked Greyhounds defeated No. 10 James Madison, 11-7, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The visiting Dukes (6-1 overall) scored the game's first goal 1-minute, 52-seconds into the contest when Casey Ancarrow curled around the crease and found the net, but Loyola (6-0) would hold James Madison scoreless for the next 15-plus minutes.

Abby Rehfuss scored three of the Greyhounds first four goals during the stretch, and Loyola ran out to a 6-1 lead when Joanna Dalton tallied a free-position goal 15:15 before halftime.

James Madison responded with three goals of its own - two more by Ancarrow who led all players with four goals - to close within a pair, 6-4, with 4:51 remaining in the first half.

The Greyhounds were fouled again inside the 8-meter arc, however, and Meg Decker went low to score on the ensuing free-position shot, pushing Loyola's advantage to 7-4 with 2:46 on the clock.

Grace Gavin picked up the scoring in the second half, tallying two goals in the first 2:08 to give the Greyhounds a 9-4 lead.

Decker then recorded her second of the afternoon, unassisted, with 19:18 to go in regulation, making Loyola's lead six, 10-4, its largest advantage of the game.

Monica Zabel scored back-to-back goals for the Dukes at the 18:28 and 13:39 marks, but Gavin added her third of the day with 12:10 left. Ancarrow capped the scoring 10:59 before the end of the game.

Loyola's defense, which forced 14 turnovers, held James Madison scoreless for stretches of 15:29 and 14:38 during its runs.

The Dukes managed just 12 shots, and only one player other than Ancarrow, Mary Kate Lomady or Zabel registered a shot.

"Our goal today was to come out and play disciplined while not losing our (aggressive) style of play," Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams said. "In the past few games, we have felt we've gotten away from being disciplined, and we wanted to make that a priority today."

The game plan worked out, as Loyola allowed James Madison to take only four free-position attempts, on which the Dukes scored twice.

Five Loyola players - Gavin, Decker, Kellye Gallagher, Virginia Weber and Marlee Paton - each had two caused turnovers.

After Ancarrow's opening goal, Rehfuss buried the first of her three goals on a free-position shot less than seven minutes in. Paton scored from the 8-meter, as well 47 seconds after Rehfuss, and Rehfuss then scored off Caroline Hager and Decker assists at 21:30 and 19:10.

Paton notched a goal before Dalton's score capped the 6-0 run.

Loyola is back in action on Wednesday night when it travels across Baltimore to face UMBC on Wednesday night at 6:30.