Spiders Edged in Thriller with James Madison

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond was edged by James Madison, 13-12, in a Commonwealth thriller Wednesday at Robins Stadium.

After trailing 13-10 with less than eight minutes to play, the Spiders started a rally spearheaded by a Sam Stevenson goal. Four minutes later, Hayley Ross scored unassisted to slash the deficit to 13-12 with 2:36 remaining. But the Dukes would secure a Richmond turnover down the stretch to seal the win.

The Spiders trailed the Dukes 9-6 at the break, but Fifield scored in the opening minutes to cut the lead to 9-7. From there, JMU deficit would keep its lead at a two to three-goal deficit until the Ross goal in the closing minutes.

Richmond (2-6) was led by Stevenson's five goals, while Ross followed with a hat trick. Kara Moschetti added two goals and two assists. Fifield notched two goals and one assist.

Taylor Blazer picked up a team-high five ground balls, while Fifield grabbed four draw controls. Emily Boyce had eight saves in goal.

Richmond outshot the Dukes 34-26 and led the ground ball advantage, 22-19. The Dukes (4-1) were led by Casey Ancarrow's five goals.

Richmond returns to action Saturday when it hosts No. 19 Towson at 1:00 p.m. for Friends of Jaclyn Day. Honoree Katie Schools will be recognized before the game.

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RICHMOND, Va., March 13, 2013 -- James Madison (4-1) held off a comeback by Richmond (2-6) as the visiting Dukes posted a 13-12 win in women's lacrosse Wednesday evening at Robins Stadium.

JMU redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) and junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) combined for nine goals and three assists with exceptionally accurate shooting. Ancarrow, who also had two assists, scored on five of her six shots. Roguski converted all four of her shot attempts and also contributed an assist.

On the defensive end Dukes sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made a career-high 15 saves and also had a game-high five ground balls.

After Richmond opened the game with two scores in the first five minutes, the Dukes netted seven consecutive goals for a 7-2 lead with 13:21 left in the period. In that 7-0 run JMU scored on its first five shot attempts over a span of just over three minutes. Two of those five came from Ancarrow and Roguski, and the fifth was tallied by sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland).

Richmond, however, outscored JMU 4-2 in just over 12 minutes to close the gap to 8-6 with 18 seconds left before halftime. But Dukes redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) controlled the next draw, and Ancarrow was fouled and awarded a free-position attempt. She converted the shot with three seconds to go to send the Dukes into intermission ahead 9-6.

In the second period Richmond and JMU traded goals four times over a stretch of 22:21, and the Dukes maintained their three-goal lead, 13-10, with 7:39 to play. Ancarrow scored two of those four goals and assisted a Roguski score, and Roguski returned the favor, passing to Ancarrow for a goal during that span.

Richmond scored twice in the final 6:45, closing the margin to 13-12 on Hayley Ross's unassisted goal with 2:36 left to play. The Spiders controlled the ensuing draw, but JMU senior Kelsey MacDonald (Glyndon, Md./Bryn Mawr) forced a turnover with 1:14 remaining. The Dukes, however, were unable to hold on to the ball, losing possession with 1:02 left. But the Spiders then turned the ball over with 39 seconds to go, with MacDonald picking up the ground ball following the turnover, and the Dukes were able to run out the clock.

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