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JMU roundup: Hall wins CAA Rookie of the Year award

Daily staff report

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- James Madison University freshman guard Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay) was present the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year award on Wednesday. It was the first time a Dukes player has won the award under head coach Kenny Brooks.

Hall, who was a unanimous selection, is the first to win the rookie award during Brooks' 11 seasons at JMU and the sixth player in Dukes history to win the award.

Hall was one of five Dukes to be honored at the CAA's awards banquet, where senior guard Tarik Hislop (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) and junior guard Kirby Burkholder (Bridgewater/Turner Ashby) were the only teammates in the league to share All-CAA First Team recognition.

Hall was joined on the CAA All-Rookie Team by redshirt freshman guard Jazmon Gwathmey (Bealeton, Va./Liberty). JMU was the only CAA team to have two players earn that distinction.

Two Dukes were recognized for their performance in the classroom, as Burkholder was selected to the CAA All-Academic Second Team, and redshirt senior forward Kanita Shepherd (Garner, N.C./Garner Magnet) earned All-Academic Honorable Mention.

Softball

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Freshman left-hander Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) and sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls/Potomac Falls) each earned a complete-game victory as JMU swept a non-conference doubleheader at Virginia on Wednesday.

JMU won 3-2 in game one before dominating game two, 10-2 in six innings.

The Dukes extended their winning streak to seven games and improved to 16-6 overall while dropping the Cavaliers to 9-12.

The Dukes return to action this weekend as the play their first home games of the year in the JMU Invitational. Fordham, Binghamton and Detroit Mercy join JMU for the three-day tournament at Veterans Memorial Park.

Women's lacrosse

RICHMOND -- James Madison (4-1) held off a comeback by Richmond (2-6) as the visiting Dukes posted a 13-12 win in women's lacrosse Wednesday evening at Robins Stadium.

JMU redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) and junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) combined for nine goals and three assists. Ancarrow, who also had two assists, scored on five of her six shots. Roguski converted all four of her shot attempts and also contributed an assist.

The Dukes complete a stretch of three straight road games Saturday when JMU travels to 11th-ranked Loyola for a 1 p.m. match.


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