Towson senior Jess Dunn (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) scored on the only shot of overtime as the Tigers upset ninth-ranked James Madison 10-9 in Colonial Athletic Association women’s lacrosse Friday night at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.
Dunn converted a free-position attempt with 59 seconds remaining in the first half of the six-minute extra period to give the Tigers (7-6, 3-1) the win.
Dunn finished with a game-high four goals as she helped her team gain a first-place tie with the Dukes in the CAA standings.
JMU (9-3) saw its three-game winning streak end.
The Dukes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring three times in the first seven minutes and getting a fourth goal with 16:32 left in the opening half.
But the Tigers ran off a string of four unanswered goals, including back-to-back scores by junior Jackie LaMonica (Parkton, Md./Hereford) to finish the run, to tie the game at 4-4 with 6:36 to go before halftime.
JMU went back on top 5-4 when junior Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) scored off a pass from junior Ariel Lane (Vero Beach , Fla./Vero Beach) at 4:12, but that was the final time the Dukes would be ahead.
Towson junior Sarah Appelt (Garden City, N.Y./The Hun School) scored an unassisted goal with eight seconds left to tie the game at 5-5 at intermission. She then opened the second half with a goal just 1:37 in for a 6-5 Towson lead. The Tigers did not trail after that, although the game was tied twice (6-6 and 9-9) in the second period.
Dunn netted consecutive scores at 27:35 and 23:20 to put the Tigers up 8-6. The teams exchanged goals, then Dukes’ redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) scored on a free-position try at 12:20 to close the gap to 9-8.
Over the next 10 minutes, however, each team got off only one shot. An attempt by Dunn with 8:59 left was wide, and a shot by Dukes’ junior Ashley Kimener (Oakton, Va./Oakton) was stopped by junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial).
Towson gained possession on a JMU turnover with 5:43 to play and worked the ball down field clinging to a 9-8 lead. The Dukes gained an opportunity to tie when sophomore Amanda Mathews (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) checked the ball out of Appelt’s stick with 3:06 to play. Following a JMU timeout, senior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington) scored off a pass from Ancarrow with 1:49 left in regulation to tie the game at 9-9 and force overtime
“Towson came ready to play,” said JMU Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe. “We got a little soft on defense and allowed them to come back. I was happy we were able to make some adjustments on the defensive end, but when push came to shove Towson just wanted it more.”
McHugh and Lomady led JMU with two goals apiece, while Ancarrow and junior Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) each contributed a goal and two assists for the Dukes.
In addition to Dunn’s four-goal effort, Towson got two goals each from Appelt and LaMonica, and Appelt had two assists.
Teeters finished with six saves for the Tigers. JMU redshirt junior goalkeeper Alex Menghetti (Media, Pa./Penncrest) had one save in just under 54 minutes, while redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alisa Konishi (Littleton, Colo./J.K. Mullen) played just over 12 minutes but did not have a stop.