#11 JMU Edges William & Mary in CAA Semifinals

TOWSON, Md. Junior attacker Ariel Lane (Vero Beach H.S./Vero Beach, Fla.) scored four goals to lead second-seeded and 11th-ranked James Madison (14-3) to its fifth straight win, an 11-9 victory over William & Mary (10-7) in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Thursday evening.

The Dukes, who are the defending CAA champions, will face top-seeded Towson (11-6) in the CAA Championship Game on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. The CAA champion receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Dukes used goals from Lomady and junior attacker Monica Zabel (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) to take a 2-0 lead just five minutes into the first half.

After the teams traded goals twice, Lane tallied her second goal of the first half with 10:07 remaining to give James Madison a 5-2 lead.

But, the Tribe answered with three straight goals, including a pair of goals from senior attacker Ashley Holofcener (St. Paul's School/Baltimore, Md.), to tie the game at 5-5 with 6:34 left in the first half.

Junior attacker Monica Zabel (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) scored an unassisted goal with a minute left to give the Dukes a 6-5 lead at the intermission.

Freshman attacker Taelor Salmon (St. Stephens and St. Agnes H.S./Fort Washington, Md.) tied the game just 58 seconds into the second half, but the Dukes scored four straight goals to take a 10-6 lead with 15:53 remaining in regulation.

Senior midfielder Grace Golden (Sacred Heart Academy/Manhasset, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Kyrstin Mackrides (Villa Maria H.S./Newtown Square, Pa.) scored back-to-back goals in a 56-second span to narrow the Tribe's deficit to 10-8 with 14:19 left. But, Lane sealed the victory with 9:01 left when she scored off a feed from Zabel.

While Lane paced James Madison with four goals, Lomady added two goals and two assists.

Golden, the CAA Player of the Year, tallied two goals with two assists while Mackrides scored a team-high three goals.

The Tribe outshot the Dukes by a 22-21 margin and had an 11-10 advantage in draw controls.

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TOWSON, Md. (May 5, 2011) - The third-seeded William and Mary lacrosse team was edged by second-seeded and 11th-ranked James Madison, 11-9, in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Thursday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

The contest was tied at 6-6 early in the second half, but JMU (14-3) pulled ahead with a 4-0 run. W&M (10-7) narrowed the margin to just two, 10-8, midway through the half but, the Dukes held on for the narrow victory.

CAA Player of the Year Grace Golden led the Tribe with four points (2g, 2a), two draw controls and a caused turnover. With the performance, she equaled the single-season school record for draw controls (52) established by teammate Molly Wannen last year.

Sophomore Kyrstin Mackrides also came up big offensively with a team-high three goals, while second-team all-conference attacker Ashley Holofcener tallied a pair of scores. CAA All-Rookie Team selection Katie Stillwell added a goal, two ground balls and two draw controls, while CAA Rookie of the Year Taelor Salmon registered a goal.

Although JMU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes, the Tribe got on the scoreboard when Mackrides found the back of the cage on a free position shot at 24:50.

The teams then each scored once during the next 10 minutes, as a goal by Stillwell off a feed from Golden put the count at 3-2 midway through the half.

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