No. 9 Virginia's Defense Dominates the No. 19 Dukes

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 20, 2013 -- No. 19 James Madison (5-2) was unable to recover from an early deficit as the Dukes lost 10-3 to ninth-ranked Virginia (5-4) on Wednesday evening at University Park.

In the Cavaliers' third straight win, Virginia controlled 11 of the game's 15 draws and used a smothering defense to limit JMU to a season-low three goals.

JMU redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) tallied two of the Dukes' goals. Ancarrow, who has a point in 62 of her 63 career games, was the first Duke to score Wednesday, netting a goal 36:08 into the contest after Virginia had built a 5-0 lead.

Virginia, ahead 3-0 at halftime, led by no fewer than four goals (the last time 7-3 at 15:49) during the final 27:23. Sophomore Morgan Stephens (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) led the Cavaliers with three goals, and junior Ashlee Warner (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post East), sophomore Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) and senior Caroline McTiernan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) each scored twice. Swan and Warner also each contributed three assists.

In the lowest scoring game for the Dukes since a 7-3 loss to Syracuse in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinals, JMU took a season-low 12 shots to 30 for the Cavaliers. JMU's four draw controls was also a season low.

JMU sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) led JMU with three ground balls, and Ancarrow and sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) each had two caused turnovers.

Dukes sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made 11 saves as she reached double-digit saves for the third time this season.

Virginia goalie junior goalkeeper Liz Colgan (Cockeysville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had seven stops.

Next up for the Dukes is a March 23 noon game at top-ranked Maryland.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team dominated No. 19 James Madison, earning a 10-3 road victory.

"I think we did a lot of the little things really well, starting with Courtney Swan on the draw," said head coach Julie Myers.

"We were able to dominate those possession and really create a lot of caused turnovers. I thought we did a nice job of controlling the game. Our defense made big saves after big saves. Our attackers did enough scoring on the other end. Morgan Stephens really did a great job of pushing the pace and using her skills intransition and generating fast-break goals to break the back of our opponent. We did lots of little things well that just culminated in a performance that I am really proud of."

After 13 scoreless minutes to start the game, Courtney Swan (So., Vero Beach, Fla.) scored the first goal of the game, netting a free position shot after drawing a whistle away from the ball. Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) doubled UVa's advantage, slinging in a shot from the right side after a receiving a pass from Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.). Stephens returned the favor at the 4:25mark, setting up Warner for a goal to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead, the same advantage they held at the start of the second half.

Virginia struck quickly after the halftime break with Casey Bocklet (So., South Salem, N.Y.) lobbing the ball over the defense to Caroline McTiernan (Sr., Garden City, N.Y.) positioned right in front of the net 2:27 into the period.

With 25:08 left in the game, Swan broke up field on a fast break, passing the ball up ahead to Bocklet, who was positioned right in front of the goal to give UVa a 5-0 advantage.

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