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JMU women’s lax loses at #4 Maryland

The James Madison women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Maryland 14-8 on Saturday at the JMU lacrosse Complex.  The Terrapins used two runs, a 6-0 frenzy to open the match and a 4-0 spurt late in the second half, to put the Dukes away.  The loss dropped JMU to 4-5 on the season while Maryland improved to 9-2.

Maryland opened the game with a 6-0 run, bookended by goals from Kristy Black.  Black netted her first just under two minutes into the game and Alex Aust followed 43 seconds later to put the Terps up 2-0.  Katie Schwarzmann notched her first of four goals just over two minutes later and Aust added her second of the game to give Maryland the 4-0 advantage with 24:36 left in the first half.

Less than a minute later, Maryland’s Beth Glaros found the back of the net on a free-position shot, scoring her 19th of the season.  Black scored her second of the game, also on a free-position shot, with 21:53 left to play in the first.

The Dukes began to fight back around the nine-minute mark.  Redshirt junior attacker Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) was fouled as she was driving to the net, setting up a JMU free position.  Ancarrow capitalized on the opportunity, netting her 22nd of the season to get the Dukes on the board.

The Terrapins, however, regained the six-point advantage with 17:14 left in the first on a goal by Brooke Griffin.  The Dukes and Terps then traded goals.  Sophomore midfielder Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) notched her 21st of the season before Schwarzmann recorded her second of the game for Maryland with 12:35 to go.

Back to back JMU goals by redshirt junior midfielder Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio (Sycamore) and senior midfielder Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) cut the Maryland lead to 8-4 but Schwarzmann got her third of the game and 34th of the season to make it 9-4 Maryland with 2:47 left to play in the opening period.

The Dukes were able to control the ball and the clock for most of the rest of the half, and Roguski scored her second of the game with 11 seconds remaining to send JMU to halftime trailing 9-5.

Madison cut the lead to 9-6 on Ancarrow’s second of the game at 25:06 in the second before the two teams traded another pair of goals, making the score 10-7 in favor of Maryland with 17:55 left.

The Terps, then put the game out of reach with four straight goals in just under four minutes.  Schwarzmann notched her 35th of the season and Karri Ellen Johnson buried three in a row to bring her season total to 28, making it a 14-7 lead with 7:09 remaining.

Senior midfielder Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) notched her 13th of the season on a free position shot with 5:04 left to get the Dukes within six, but JMU got no closer, falling 14-8.

Johnson and Schwarzmann led the Terrapins, scoring four goals apiece while Johnson also added an assist.  The Dukes were led by Ancarrow’s two goals and two assists and also got two goals from Roguski.  JMU’s Kimener scooped up a game-high three groundballs and senior midfielder Annie Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) forced three turnovers for the Dukes.  Ancarrow led all Dukes with two draw controls.

Maryland held a 26-20 shooting advantage over the Dukes, but won the battle of the trenches, controlling 16 of the 24 draws.

In the cage, JMU freshman goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made six stops for the Dukes in just under 53 minutes of play while redshirt senior Alex Menghetti (Media, Pa./Penncrest) had one stop in seven minutes of relief action.  For the Terrapins, goaltender Brittany Dipper made five saves while allowing eight goals and picked up her ninth win of the season.

The Dukes return to competition on Saturday, March 31, opening Colonial Athletic Association play against George Mason.  The 2 p.m. contest is the first of four straight home conference matchups for JMU.