James Madison Edges Jacksonville in Double OT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- With just 10 seconds left in overtime, James Madison's junior attacker Stephanie Finley knocked in the game-winning goal to defeat Jacksonville University , 16-15, on Saturday morning.

Junior attacker Taylor McCord led JU's offense with six points off two goals and four assists. Senior attacker Morgan Derner tacked in four goals with an assist while midfielders Hannah Wilcox, Holly Ventimiglia, and Kelsey Wiglesworth all added two scores.

"Overall it was a solid team performance today," said Head Coach Mindy McCord. "It's tough to win all draw possessions in overtime and first and second sudden death periods and not be able to finish the possession with a goal. The good news is overtime and close games are good situations to experience early in the season and to learn from .We keep growing and getting better each week."

JU used a 3-0 run to take a 15-14 lead over the Dukes with 3:30 left in regulation until Emily Rhoads found Amy Roguski 40 seconds later to tie the game at 15-all.

With the opportunity to snatch game-winner, senior attacker Ali Hoffman was awarded a free-position shot in the final second of the frame but sent the attempt high.

"I think we did a great job at the end of a tie game getting a game-winning shot," continued McCord. "We shot it over the cage. We also did a great job at the end of the first overtime of getting a game-winning chance but we hit the goalie in the midsection. We had our chances to win this game and that hurts."

Neither team was able to record a score in the first two 3-minute overtime periods to send the game into sudden-death.

Finley clinched the win for the Dukes after opening the possession on a secured draw control. Charging downfield, she fired off her fourth goal of the contest to seal the win.

Finley also posted two assists and Roguski added four goals.

"JMU is a playoff team so we know we can play the level of lacrosse we need to in order to be successful. Now it's about finishing with confidence."

The Dolphins continue their five-game home swing on Saturday, March 1 in an 11:00 a.m. contest against Old Dominion.

"At the end of the day, this was a game that will help us get ready for the next game and we have to step up, move ahead and prepare for Old Dominion. We take ownership of being 1-3. It's not a place we like being. We need to step up defensively this week and I am confident that we can improve."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 22, 2014 Junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) scored the game-winning goal just 10 seconds into the sudden death overtime period, securing the 16-15 victory for James Madison lacrosse at Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon.

JMU improved to 2-1 on the season with the win credited to junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.). Jacksonville fell to 1-3 on the year with the loss going to Asia Moore.

After the Dolphins used a 3-0 run to take a 15-14 lead over the Dukes with 3:30 left in regulation, senior attacker Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) found senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) 40 seconds later to tie the game at 15-all. Jacksonville was able to get a last-second shot off a free position, but the attempt went high.

The first two 3-minute overtime periods came up empty, sending the game into a sudden-victory overtime period. Finley secured the draw control and made her way downfield, firing off her fourth goal of the day to clinch the 16-15 win.

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2014-02-22



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