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JMU roundup: Ancarrow named to all-region women's lacrosse team


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HARRISONBURG -- James Madison lacrosse player Casey Ancarrow has been named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region Team.

The redshirt senior attacker was voted to the IWLCA All-South Region First Team. She won the honor for the third year in a row after having been selected to the Third Team in 2011 and 2012.

Ancarrow, the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year, led the Dukes with 53 points on 41 goals and 12 assists and also had a team-leading 30 draw controls. She was among 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented to the nation's top women's lacrosse player.

Baseball

HARRISONBURG -- As James Madison prepares to host its final regular season home game on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Liberty, senior outfielder Colby Roberts was recognized as Colonial Athletic Association baseball Player of the Week on Monday for his role in a key series win over Towson last week.

Roberts hit .400 (8-for-20) in five games last week, highlighted by delivering a one-out, walk-off, two-run home run on Sunday to clinch the series win over Towson and give the Dukes a lead of one and a half games over Hofstra for the final CAA Championship berth. His week also included three doubles, six runs scored, eight RBIs and four walks. He reached base in 12 of his 24 plate appearances for a .500 on-base percentage.

Roberts drove in at least one run in all five games last week and had a hit in four while drawing three walks in the only hitless game. He opened the week with the three walks, a run and an RBI in a 9-5 loss at No. 1 North Carolina and added a single and RBI the next day at UNC. He opened the Towson series with an RBI double in an 11-7 loss before posting a pair of big outings to key two pivotal league wins. He went 3-for-5 with a double, walk, RBI and three runs scored in a 16-3 drubbing Saturday followed by a 3-for-5 game with four RBIs, including the walk-off round tripper, on Sunday.

The week's performance continued Roberts' emergence in the second half of the season. Over the last 14 games, he's batting .518 (29-for-56) with nine doubles, three home runs and 26 RBIs. His emergence has coincided with JMU's turnaround from an 11-game losing streak midseason. Instead, the Dukes are 8-6 and batting .324 as a team thanks in part to the play of Roberts.

In Monday's national statistical update from the NCAA, Roberts achieved enough plate appearances to show up among national leaders for the first time this season. He is now first in the CAA and third nationally with a .421 season batting average, ninth with a .682 slugging percentage and .20th with a .488 on-base percentage, right behind teammate Johnny Bladel, who is 19th at .490.

As a team, JMU's offense ranks eighth nationally in batting average (.316), seventh in scoring (7.6 runs/game), seventh in doubles (2.29/game), seventh in triples (0.48/game), 12th in slugging percentage (.457), 18th in walks (232) and eighth in on-base percentage (.413).

Roberts picked up his second CAA award in four weeks. On April 22, he received weekly honors from the CAA, Collegiate Baseball, CollegeSportsMadness.com, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the ECAC and CollegeBaseballInsider.com after going 12-for-18 (.667) with 15 RBIs in five games.



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