JMU roundup: Garrity joins Dukes’ lacrosse staff

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HARRISONBURG — The James Madison lacrosse program has added Emily Garrity as an assistant coach, head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe announced Thursday.

Garrity was a two-time captain for the North Carolina lacrosse team, which won the 2013 NCAA championship. To round out her college career, she was named a Synapse Sports All-American and placed on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List (nation’s top player). She was also chosen for the all-conference and all-tournament teams during her senior campaign.

“We are so excited to bring in Emily Garrity as our new assistant coach,” Klaes-Bawcombe stated in a school news release. “Emily was the first ever two-time captain to come through the UNC program. She brings leadership, an eye for the game and a passion for making a difference in the programs she aligns herself with. We know that she can make that difference here at JMU, too.”

During her time at North Carolina, Garrity posted 72 goals with 46 assists for 118 career points and picked up 104 ground balls and 101 draw controls alongside 73 caused turnovers. She was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic honoree and a member of the Rising Stars program of the Carolina Leadership Academy, which develops premier leaders in collegiate athletics.

Previously, Garrity assisted with the UNC Elite Camp and Rising Stars Camp for four years in Chapel Hill. In 2011, she helped coordinate and organize schedules and drills for the Nike Lacrosse Camp and, in 2010, she coached with the Phantastix Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia.

Field hockey

RICHMOND — James Madison field hockey sophomores Loes Stijntjes and Lena Wimmert were named to the 2013 Preseason All-CAA Field Hockey squad, the conference announced Thursday.

Earlier this month, the Dukes were picked to finish third in the conference this season after a third-place finish in 2012. Stijntjes, a midfielder, and Wimmert, a goalkeeper, were both named to the 2012 All-CAA Second Team and All-Rookie Team following solid freshmen campaigns.

Last season, Stijntjes played and started in 18 games, posting six points for the Dukes off of two goals and two assists. In 2012, the midfielder tied for second on the team in both defensive saves (1) and game-winning goals (1).

Wimmert started all 19 games for JMU last season. The goalkeeper led the league last season in save percentage (.811), the third-best percentage in the nation, as well as in goals-against average (1.27), the seventh-best average in the country, and she was second in the conference with five shutouts.

Drexel’s Lindsay McArdle was named the preseason Player of the Year, one of four Dragons on the preseason all-conference roster. Delaware, Northeastern and William and Mary each joined JMU with two honorees on the squad, and Hofstra rounded out the team with one honoree.