No. 7 JMU Downs W&M in Low-Scoring CAA Semifinal

HARRISONBURG, Va., May 6, 2010 -- The nationally seventh-ranked James Madison women's lacrosse team beat William and Mary 7-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinals Thursday evening at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.

The top-seeded Dukes won their eighth game in a row and improved to 15-2 on the year. Number four seed W&M completed its season with a 10-8 record.

JMU advanced to Saturday's 5:00 p.m. championship game, where the Dukes will face third-seeded Hofstra, which edged number two seed and defending champion Towson 9-8 in Thursday's second semifinal.

The Tribe out-shot JMU 16-13, but Dukes' senior goalkeeper Morgan Kelly (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) made eight saves to help her team advance to the title game.

With the game tied 3-3 at halftime, JMU opened the second half by scoring three unanswered goals. The Dukes converted their first three shots of the half to build a 6-3 lead with 16:41 to play.

Redshirt senior Kim Griffin (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) scored the opening goal of the run, taking the ball in her team's defensive third and sprinting downfield to the goal, where she spun around for a close-range shot that went into the net at 26:11.

Kelly then stymied two W&M scoring attempts, saving a shot by junior Grace Golden (Manhasset, N.Y./Sacred Heart) at 22:59 and stopping a free-position attempt by junior Ashley Holofcener (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) at 19:59.

JMU junior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington) put her team up 5-3 an unassisted goal at 16:52. Then sophomore Caitlin McHugh (Westminster, Md./Mercy) controlled the ensuing draw and raced toward to goal, where she put a shot past Tribe junior goalkeeper Emily Geary (Wayne, Pa./Radnor). The score, which came just 11 seconds after Lomady's goal, put the Dukes ahead 6-3 at 16:41.

W&M senior Katie Rees (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) found the back of the net at 12:31, closing the gap to 6-4.

But Kelly made two more stops in the remaining minutes, and another W&M attempted was blocked by a JMU defender.

Meanwhile, JMU redshirt freshman Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) scored at the 7:55 mark to give the Dukes some breathing room and a 7-4 advantage.

W&M's Geary finished with two saves.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 6, 2010)-The fourth-seeded William and Mary lacrosse team fell to top-seeded and seventh-ranked James Madison, 7-4, in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Thursday evening at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.

The Tribe (10-8) played the Dukes (15-2) to a 3-3 tie during the opening 30 minutes of play, but JMU outscored W&M 4-1 in the second half to advance to the league title game against the winner of Towson and Hofstra.

W&M consistently controlled the tempo of the game and held the Dukes to a season-low seven goals. Additionally, the Tribe held an 8-5 advantage in draw controls.

"Overall, I'm really proud of the way our team competed tonight," Head Coach Christine Halfpenny said. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to earn the win but that wasn't due to a lack of effort, heart or discipline, and the execution of our game plan was excellent. JMU took advantage of their opportunities, but we really made them work hard for everything they got."

Senior Katie Rees led the Tribe offensively with three points on two goals and an assist, while junior Ashley Holofcener and freshman Kyrstin Mackrides both found the back of the cage.

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