April 3, 2007
Harrisonburg, Va. - No. 6 James Madison broke away from a 6-4 half-time lead to top Loyola College 17-7 in women's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon. The Greyhounds fall to 2-8 on the season while the Dukes' record improves to 7-2.
JMU's Maria Boscia scored the initial tally with a free-position goal 35 seconds into the game. Loyola's Colleen O'Keefe evened the game at 1-1 with a low shot to beat the Dukes keeper after three minutes of play. But JMU went on a 3-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 4-1 advantage. Junior Alicyn Brunnett ended the Dukes run with her goal in the 11th minute. Brunnett was awarded a free-position after she rebounded Kate Filippelli's shot and was fouled. Neither team scored for nine minutes before senior Kate McHarg cut JMU's lead to one, 4-3 when she rebounded her own shot in the 20th minute of play and connected on her second attempt. JMU's Emily Haller extended their lead to 5-3 in the 24th minute off a pass from Natasha Fuchs. But Brunnett again cut the lead to one, 5-4, when Filippelli passed the ball from the eight meter to Brunnett, who was open in front of the goal. Brunnett turned to the cage and beat the keeper low in the 27th minute of play. The Dukes finished the half with an unassisted goal by Annie Wagner for a 6-4 halftime mark.
The Dukes added to Wagner's late first half goal, scoring the first six goals of the second half to take a 12-4 lead after 38 minutes of play. Brunnett ended the drought for Loyola when freshman Jessie Heisterman passed the ball from behind the net to her where she was open in front of the goal for the 12-5 score. JMU continued to work their offensive effort however scoring the next five straight goals to take a 17-5 lead at 53:15. The Greyhounds scored the final two goals of the game, the first from senior Maura Kenny and the second by O'Keefe.
Burnnett led Loyola with three goals while O'Keefe finished with two. Both McHarg and Kenny had one while Filippelli and Heisterman each tallied an assist.
Kelly Berger, Lynlea Cronin, Wagner and Nina Emala each scored three goals for JMU. Boscia finished with two while Sarah Steinbach, Lauren Bradley and Emily Haller each scored once. Beger also added two assists while Jess Brophy, Fuchs and Steinbach each had one assist.
JMU's keepers Kelly Wetzel and Kelly Morgan combined for nine saves.
The Greyhounds return to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Saturday, April 7 tohost BIG EAST opponent Georgetown at 1:00.