JMU Rolls by San Diego State in Friends of Jaclyn Game

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 29, 2014 In a weather-extended game, James Madison women's lacrosse used a pair of 8-0 runs to roll San Diego State 20-7 in the Dukes' final non-conference game of the regular season and their 2014 Friends of Jaclyn game honoring Elle Howdershell.

JMU improved to 6-5 this season as the Dukes prepare to begin Colonial Athletic Association action next weekend. SDSU fell to 6-4 on the year and are 3-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

With the Aztecs leading 2-1 after 2:39 had ticked off the clock in the first half, the Dukes mounted an 8-0 run over a 14:34 span to take a 9-2 lead. After going scoreless for 19 minutes, 11 seconds, San Diego State spun a 3-0 run together and cut the Dukes lead to 9-5 with 2:12 left in the first stanza. JMU settled in and used another 8-0 run spanning the halves to push its lead to 17-5.

The win went to junior Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) as she made eight saves and allowed seven goals. She held the Aztecs scoreless for a 19:11 span in the first half as well as a 22:13 span to bridge the halves. Katrina Reeves took the loss after making five saves and allowing 20 goals.

Redshirt freshman Betsy Angel (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) led the Dukes with four goals, including the game-tying goal (2-2) that began the first 8-0 run. Junior Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) tallied game-high point honors with five on the day (2 goals, 3 assists).

Junior Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) and freshman Margaret Tucker Fogarty (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) each scored their first career goals in the outing. Cross scored off a long pass by Healy in the first half to put JMU up 8-2 while Fogarty scored the final goal of the day off a pass from Curwin.

Senior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) crossed the 100-goal plateau with her second goal of the day (101), a solo shot at the 23:13 mark of the first half to give JMU the 5-2 advantage. Her first and third goals of the afternoon came off free-position shots in the first JMU run.

Alexa Comfort led San Diego State with two goals on the day. Michaela Jarvis tied her for team-high point honors after posting a goal and an assist.

Five of Madison's 20 goals came off six free-position attempts. SDSU did not convert any of its three free-position opportunities.

JMU won the turnover battle, committing 15 to San Diego State's 18. The Dukes were led by senior Leah Perrotta (Forest Hills, Md./Fallston), who tallied three of their seven caused turnovers. JMU also edged SDSU in ground balls 12-11.

Madison took the early lead off a free-position goal by sophomore Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) before the Aztecs scored back-to-back goals to take their only lead of the day at 2-1. Angel began the run to put the Dukes up for good with a solo shot at the 25:45 mark. Senior Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) closed the run off a pass from senior Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes).

San Diego State scored three straight goals following more than 19 scoreless minutes before Angel tallied her second goal of the game with just 27 seconds remaining before halftime. The goal marked the beginning of another 8-0 Madison run which would be bookended with Angel's fourth tally of the afternoon.

While SDSU posted two goals over just 1:41 at the under-10 minute point, JMU closed the game on a 3-0 run to secure the 20-7 victory.

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