No. 9 JMU Runs by No. 19 W&M to Secure CAA Top Seed

HARRISONBURG, Va., April 25, 2010 -- The ninth-ranked James Madison women's lacrosse team clinched the number one seed the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Tournament with a 17-7 home win over No. 19 William and Mary Sunday afternoon at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.

The Dukes won their sixth straight game and upped their overall record to 13-2 and their CAA mark to 6-0. With one final regular-season game remaining at home against George Mason on April 29, the worst JMU can finish is tied for first with Towson with 6-1 records. The Dukes' regular-season win over the Tigers gives JMU the tie-breaker and the top seed.

As the number one seed JMI will host the upcoming CAA Tournament. The CAA semifinals are scheduled for May 6 and the championship for May 8. JMU will face fourth-seeded William and Mary in one semifinal, while number two seed Towson will meet number three Hofstra in the other semifinal.

JMU jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Tribe in the game's opening 10 minutes. Sophomore Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) and junior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington) each scored two of the Dukes' first four goals, and Lomady had an assist on the second of McHugh's scores.

Tribe senior Mary Zulty (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) got her team on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at 18:45, but McHugh then scored again to start a run of four straight JMU goals that gave the Dukes a 9-1 advantage with 12:30 remaining.

The Dukes led 10-2 at intermission, and W&M opened the second half with a goal by senior Katie Rees (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) off a pass from Zulty, to cut the JMU lead to 10-3. However, JMU scored six unanswered goals to build what proved to be an insurmountable 16-3 lead with 19:04 to go.

McHugh was the Dukes' top scorer with four goals, and sophomore Alex Napoli (Highland, Md./River Hill) contributed three goals and two assists. Sophomore Ariel Lane (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) also scored three times. Other multiple-goal scorers were redshirt senior Kim Griffin (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) and Lomady, each with two.

Zulty led W&M with three goals and also had two assists, and Rees scored twice.

JMU senior goalkeeper Morgan Kelly (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) finished with seven saves, and Tribe junior goalkeeper Emily Geary (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) had eight stops.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (April 25, 2010)The 19th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team fell at No. 9 James Madison, 17-7, on Sunday afternoon. Despite the loss, W&M (9-7, 3-3) clinched a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament and will meet the Dukes (13-2, 6-0) in the opening round in two weeks.

We played a very good James Madison team today, and I was disappointed with the final score and the way we started, Head Coach Christine Halfpenny said. However, I was happy with the way we responded and made the most of our possessions in the second half.

I was really proud of Mary Zulty and Katie Rees. They both played a nice game and set the tone for the attack in the second half. Were looking forward to learning from this game and improving next time out.

Senior Mary Zulty led the Tribe with five points on three goals and two assists, while senior Katie Rees totaled a pair of goals. Junior Grace Golden and freshman Kyrstin Mackrides also scored for the Tribe.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Geary finished with eight saves and increased her career total 489, as she moved into second place on the Tribes all-time list. Junior Molly Wannen also etched her name in the programs record book with a pair of draw controls, as she became the schools single-season record holder with 48.

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