Delaware Home Winning Streak Halted by James Madison

NEWARK, Del. For the first time in 10 games, Delaware lost at Delaware Stadium as James Madison defeated the Blue Hens, 11-9, Friday evening.

Previously, Delaware had not lost at home since March 31, 2013, when Towson outdid the Hens, 14-9.

UD and JMU battled closely the entire game, with six ties throughout the night.

The Dukes, who have received votes in the IWLCA Poll for 13 consecutive weeks, never relinquished the lead after taking the 8-7 advantage with 16:43 remaining.

Sophomore Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) posted her fifth hat trick of the season with four tallies to eclipse the 30-goal mark for the first time in her career.

Senior Chelsea Fay (West Chester, Pa.) was the lone other Blue Hen to capture multiple goals as she finished the day with two while junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) logged one goal and one assist.

McCartney caused a game- and career-high five Dukes turnovers in addition to collecting a team-best four groundballs.

Delaware (9-5, 2-2 CAA) struggled with the draw as James Madison controlled 15 draws to just six for the Blue Hens.

Senior goalkeeper Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) registered five saves in the loss.

Stephanie Finley tallied seven draws in addition to three goals for the Dukes (8-5, 2-0 CAA). Schylar Healy earned the win by recording five saves.

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NEWARK, Del., April 11, 2014 A late three-goal run by James Madison secured the 11-9 victory over Delaware, the Dukes' fourth straight win. Their victory also snapped the Blue Hens' nine-game win streak in home games.

JMU improved to 8-5 overall with a 2-0 record against Colonial Athletic Association opponents. Delaware fell to 9-5 this season with a 2-2 record in CAA play.

Tied 7-7 with 18:59 remaining, the Dukes broke away with a three-goal run over a 2:57 span. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) put JMU ahead for good with a solo shot at the 16:43 mark, giving the Dukes an 8-7 advantage.

Thirty-four seconds later, senior attacker Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her lone tally of the day to put JMU ahead 9-7. With 13:46 left on the clock, junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) completed the run with her second goal of the day and pushed the Dukes to a three-goal advantage (10-7), their largest lead of the outing.

Delaware closed the gap to 10-8 with 9:08 remaining off an unassisted goal by Caitlin McCartney. Shannon Hawley pulled the Blue Hens to within one with 1:22 left off a pass from Kara Dattellas, but Finley corralled the ensuing draw control to secure the JMU possession.

Delaware committed a series of fouls in the final minute of the game, but were unable to take the ball from the Dukes. Finley picked up a pass from junior midfielder Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) for a last-second goal and the final 11-9 win.

In a game that featured six tie scores, junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) earned the win on nine allowed goals and five saves. Tori Zorovich was charged with the loss after 11 allowed goals and five saves.

Finley led the JMU scoring effort with a team-high three goals. Senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) tied for game-high points (3) off one goal and a pair of assists. Gress and redshirt-senior attacker Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) followed with two points each as Gress had two goals and Piotrowicz had a goal and an assist.

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