No. 14 Virginia Rallies to Defeat James Madison

With Virginia ahead 12-9 and 6:32 left on the clock, JMU shot just once before time expired, a score by senior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) off a pass by freshman Leah Monticello (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford).

Roguski led the Dukes with four goals on six shots. Junior Ali Curwin tied her for game-high points with four off three goals on five shots and an assist. Redshirt freshman Betsy Angel (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) and sophomore Jaci Gordon (Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) each added two assists and a goal. Gordon also corralled a team-high three draw controls

Virginia was led by Liza Blue's four points off three goals and an assist. Two of her three goals came in the second half, first tying the game at 9-9 before securing the Cavaliers' lead for good at 10-9. Casey Bocklet also fired in three goals for Virginia. Morgan Stephens notched the eventual game-winning goal off a successful free-position shot.

After Virginia held a slight 15-14 advantage in shots during the first 30 minutes of play, the Cavaliers outshot the Dukes 16-6 over the final 30 minutes. UVA converted three of its seven free-position opportunities for points while JMU failed to convert its four free-position attempts.

Liz Colgan (4-5) earned the win in-goal after saving seven shots and allowing 10 goals. Junior Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) tallied the loss after committing 14 saves and allowing 12 goals, falling to 4-4 in-goal this season. Healy also picked up a team-high four ground balls.

Just 13 seconds into the game, Virginia's Courtney Swan notched the first goal of the night to give her squad the early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) knotted the game at 1-1 off a pass from senior Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) and, with only 3:02 having ticked off the clock, Angel found Curwin for the score and the 2-1 JMU advantage. Swan scored her second goal of the game with 24:59 on the clock to tie the game for the second time at 2-2.

With only 33 seconds taken off the clock, Gordon found Roguski to break the tie with a score. The lead was short-lived as Blue connected on a free position for the third tie of the evening.

Playing a man down, Curwin tallied her second goal of the day, a solo shot to regain the lead at 4-3. Angel followed with her own solo goal to put the Dukes ahead 5-3 with 15:44 remaining in the first half.

Virginia's Mary Alati scored on a free-position shot to cut the Madison advantage in half before Bocklet tied the game for a fourth time on a solo shot at the 3:40 mark of the first stanza.

Curwin sparked the Dukes' 4-0 run with an unassisted goal less than a minute and a half later. JMU scored twice in the final minute before halftime, first in a man-up situation as Angel found Gordon for the score and second in an even-play situation as Curwin found Roguski. Roguski scored the first goal coming out of the locker room after being found by Gordon with 24:16 left in the game.

James Madison returns home on Saturday to begin a four-game home-stand. The Dukes start with No. 2/2 Maryland on March 22 at 2:00 p.m. at University Park.

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