James Madison Defeats Fairfield to Go 3-0

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 2, 2013 -- James Madison (3-0) got off to a fast start and went on to beat Fairfield (2-3) 13-8 in women's lacrosse Saturday afternoon at University Park.

The Dukes scored six times in the game's first 10 minutes while holding the Stags without a shot. JMU converted all eight of its shot attempts in the opening half and was up 8-4 at intermission.

JMU was led in scoring by junior Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) with four. Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) and sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) were the Dukes' other mulitple-goal scorers with three apiece.

Fairfield got three goals each from senior Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and junior Addie Reilly (Locust Valley, N.Y./Portledge).

In the first half, Curwin tallied all three of her goals, Ancarrow added two, and Giles, sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) and junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) each scored once.

Another Giles goal 4:48 into the second half put the Dukes ahead 9-4. However, Fairfield mounted a comeback, scoring three times in a span of 4:08, to close the gap to 9-7 with 19:13 on the clock.

JMU, however, ran off four consecutive scores, getting two goals from Giles, one from Ancarrow and another from freshman Jenna Mertz (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), to build its lead to an insurmountable 13-7 with 1:43 to play.

JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made four saves. Her Fairfield counterpart, senior goalkeeper Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh), did not make a stop.

JMU held a 22-17 advantage on shots.

Other statistical leaders for JMU included redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and Mertz, each with three draw controls, and Giles with three caused turnovers. Starkloff, sophomore Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) and senior Kelsey MacDonald (Glyndon, Md./Bryn Mawr) each finished with three ground balls.

JMU is on the road for its next three games, starting with a March 6 match-up at 10th-ranked Penn State.

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Fairfield dropped a 13-8 decision to James Madison on Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va. The Stags drop to 2-3 on the year, while the Dukes improve to 3-0.

The Dukes jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the first 9:38 of action, with Ali Curwin scoring the first goal 97 seconds into the game and the final goal of the run with 20:22 to play in the half. Courtney Chmil of the Stags on the board with a tally at the 19:01 mark, but Curwin answered 26 seconds later to give the Dukes a 7-1 advantage.

The Stags put together a run of their own at that point, as Chloe Mangan netted back-to-back goals, the second a free-position goal at the 17:01 and 11:35 marks of the period. Addie Reilly cut the Stags deficit to three, 7-4, with an unassisted goal at the 4:11 mark, but Steph Finley ended the scoring in the half at the 1:48 mark to send JMS to the break ahead 8-4.

Julianne Giles scored 4:48 into the second half to push the Dukes lead to 9-4 and again the Stags mounted a rally. Reilly scored 34 seconds apart, 23:44 and 23:10 to get the deficit to three, 9-6. Amanda Best scored the third goal of the run at 19:36 mark to make it 9-7, but the Stags could get no closer. JMU put together a 4-0 run of its own, with Giles scoring unassisted with 1:43 to play to make the score 13-7. Mangan wrapped-up the scoring, and completed her hat trick, with an unassisted goal with 50 seconds remaining.

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