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JMU roundup: Gators end Dukes' WNIT run

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HARRISONBURG -- Florida won its fourth straight road game and James Madison lost for the first time in 17 home postseason games as the Gators topped the Dukes 85-80 in the Women's National Invitation Basketball Tournament quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Gators (22-14) advance to the WNIT semifinals and will play at Drexel in Wednesday's semifinals.

JMU's season ended at 25-11.

JMU senior guard Tarik Hislop scored a team-high 26 points and had a game-high six assists. She was joined in double figures by junior guard Kirby Burkholder with 17 and freshman guard Precious Hall with 11. Burkholder also finished with a game-high five steals.

Redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey tied for game rebounding honors with nine, and Burkholder had eight rebounds.

Florida freshman guard /forward Sydney Moss led all players with 27 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. Also in double figures was junior guard Jaterra Bonds with 20; she also led the Gators with five assists.

The game was tight throughout, with 10 ties and 16 lead changes. The largest lead by either team was seven by Florida, on two occasions in the second half.

Florida used a 6-0 scoring run, with the first four points scored by Moss after JMU turnovers, to lead 66-59 with 9:27 to play. But the Dukes scored the game's next eight points, with a Hislop 3-pointer at 7:42 followed by a Hislop free throw at 7:26 put JMU on top 67-66.

Over the next five minutes the lead changed hands nine times and was tied three times. The final lead change came when Florida freshman guard January Miller hit a jumper in the lane to put the Gators up 81-80 with 52.7 seconds to play.

After JMU failed to score on its possession, Bonds was fouled and made both foul shots with 23.4 seconds left for an 83-80 Florida lead. Hislop missed a contested 3-pointer in front of the JMU bench with four seconds to play, and Bonds was fouled again and sank both attempts to put the game away.


BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Northeastern grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings, added two each in the fifth and sixth and continually stymied any James Madison rally attempt in an 8-3 decision in game two of a Colonial Athletic Association baseball series on Saturday afternoon at Friedman Diamond.

NU improved to 14-11, 4-7 in the CAA while JMU fell to 14-11, 6-4 in the league. It was the fifth loss for the Dukes in the last eight games.

JMU senior center fielder Johnny Bladel reached base in all five plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with four singles and a hit by pitch. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games during which time he is batting .510 with a .652 on-base percentage, thanks to 15 walks and five hit by pitches.

Starter Nick Berger (3-4) limited JMU to one run on six hits in five innings to earn the victory. Redshirt sophomore Luke Drayer took the loss for the Dukes after surrendering four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Shortstop Jason Vosler led the Huskies by going 2-for-4 with a triples, two runs, two RBIs and a walk. Third baseman Pete Castoldi and designated hitter John Puttress each went 2-for-4 while center fielder Conner Lyons doubled, walked and drove in a pair of runs.

In addition to Bladel, redshirt junior first baseman Matt Tenaglia was 2-for-3 with two walks. Senior right fielder Cole McInturff was also 2-for-3 with the only extra-base hit, a double, while scoring twice and drawing a walk.

While NU grabbed the early lead and added to it, JMU squandered several opportunities to crawl back, stranding 11 runners on the bases. The Dukes had the bases loaded with one out in the third and couldn't convert. With runners on second and third on an RBI single in the fourth, the second runner was cut down at the plate to end the inning. JMU stranded runners on the corners in the fifth and hit into a double play with runners on the corners and one out in the seventh. Finally, trailing by five, the Dukes loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth but could only drive one run in on a fielder's choice groundout.

The Huskies claimed the quick lead with a three-run first, beginning with Vosler's RBI triple. First baseman Rob Fonseca and second baseman Michael Foster added RBI singles. Northeastern made it a 4-0 lead with a fielder's choice groundout by Vosler in the second. JMU got one back with Bladel's RBI single that included sophomore Tyler Duke being thrown out at the plate.

NU added a pair of two-run innings sandwiched around a run for the Dukes in the sixth on freshman Tyler Carroll's RBI groundout. Before that, NU scored twice in the fifth on RBIs by Puttress and catcher Josh Treff. Lyons contributed a two-run double in the sixth.

Women's lacrosse

HARRISONBURG -- The 13th-ranked Stanford women's lacrosse team overcame a 7-5 halftime deficit to beat No. 19 James Madison 14-9 Saturday afternoon at University Park.

Stanford improved to 6-2 with its fourth straight win. JMU's record is now 6-4, with all four of the losses coming to ranked teams.

JMU was led in scoring by junior Amy Roguski with three goals. Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow tallied two goals and assisted two others, and redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth scored twice and added an assist.

Stanford got five goals and two assists from junior Rachel Ozer and four goals from freshman Lucy Dikeou. Sophomore Hannah Farr contributed two goals.

Late in the first half Stanford was down by three, 7-4, after back-to-back scores by McLouth and Roguski, The Dukes gained possession with under four minutes to play after senior Kelsey MacDonald forced a Cardinal turnover, and JMU was working the clock down for a final shot. But the Cardinal took advantage of a Dukes turnover with 1:44 left, and Ozer scored with 17 seconds to go to end the half with JMU ahead 7-5.

Ozer's goal was the first of four straight for Stanford, who opened the second period with consecutive goals by Dikeou, Ozer and Farr to go up 8-7 with 19:32 remaining.

A JMU goal by sophomore Steph Finley at 17:54 tied the game at eight, but Stanford got back-to-back goals from Ozer and freshman Adrienne Anderson to gain a 10-8 lead with 12:32 on the clock.

JMU scored a single goal, by McLouth at 11:14, the rest of the way. Stanford scored four times in the final 7:23 for the final 14-9 margin of victory.

Stanford outshot JMU 31-17 and controlled the draw 15 times to 10 for JMU.

JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy made nine saves, while Stanford junior goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz finished with two saves.

Healy led all players with five ground balls, and Ancarrow was the team leader in draw controls with three. MacDonald, Curwin, McLouth and sophomore Lexi Cross each had two caused turnovers.


HARRISONBURG -- Three players drove in three runs and a pair of pitchers combined to limit Drexel to one run in five innings as the James Madison softball team completed a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep over the Dragons, 11-1, on Saturday.

JMU ran its winning streak to eight straight and improved to 24-7 overall. The Dukes have won 10 straight conference games dating back to 2012, including a 6-0 start to CAA play this season. Drexel dropped to 10-21 and 0-6 in conference.

Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford pitched the first 3 2/3 innings for Madison to earn the win. She improved to 12-1 on the season after limiting Drexel to one run on two hits. The left-hander walked four and struck out six. Sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Shelby Taylor took the loss for the Dragons, dropping to 3-9. She allowed 11 runs, 10 earned, on 12 hits and six walks with two strikeouts.

Offensively, the Dukes were paced by senior designated player Megan Shinaberry, who reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore first baseman Sarah Mooney added her team-leading 10th home run of the year and had three RBIs and two runs scored, while senior third baseman Haley Johnson went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and three RBIs.

Maggy Fermo led the Dragons with a double in three at-bats. Taylor contributed a hit and a run scored and third baseman Jill Popek was hit by a pitch and drove in one.

As it did twice on Friday, JMU took a big lead after just one inning. The Dukes scored five times in the bottom of the first as they sent 10 batters to the plate. Sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath led off the game with a single to left and stole second. After a walk by senior center fielder Jasmine Butler, freshman catcher Erica Field singled to left-center to load the bases for Mooney.

Mooney drove in the first run of the game with a single through the left side. Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy made it 2-0 with a bunt single before Shinaberry laced a two-run single down the left-field line. Johnson capped the inning with a RBI ground-out.

Madison extended its lead to 6-0 in the third inning as Ford started the frame with a double down the left-field line. She moved up to third on walks by Shinaberry and Johnson and scored on a wild pitch.

Drexel took advantage of a pair of walks in the top of the fourth to cut into the lead with a run. Taylor walked and moved to second on a single by designated player Rose Portiolli. Ford got the next two batters out, but walked first baseman Jenn Reading to load the bases and was relieved by Kiefer.

Kiefer hit Popek with her first pitch to bring in a run, but ended the threat by inducing a ground-out.

Five more runs scored in the bottom of the fourth as the Dukes extended their lead to 11-1. Butler led off with a bunt single and stole second. She scored as Mooney lifted a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left-center field for her 10th homer of the year and the 19th of her career. Sandy kept the inning going with a single. She stole second and scored on a double down the line by Shinaberry. Johnson capped the game with a two-run blast over the fence in left field. It was her first of the year and the 13th of her career.

JMU returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a doubleheader at North Carolina. First pitch in game one is set for 4 p.m.


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