JMU roundup: Four Dukes earn preseason lacrosse honors

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RICHMOND – The Colonial Athletic Association announced Wednesday that four James Madison lacrosse team members were named to the 2014 Preseason All-CAA Team.

Senior attacker Amy Roguski, junior midfielder Ali Curwin, junior defender Lexi Cross and junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy all earned preseason conference accolades. JMU boasted the second-most student-athletes on the honorary squad.

Roguski, a 2013 All-CAA First Team honoree, is the leading returning scorer for JMU in 2014. She notched 34 goals, including three game winners, and seven assists for 41 points in 2013. As a junior, she scored on 60.7 percent of her shot attempts and 82.1 percent of her attempts were on goal (46-of-56). She also tallied 16 draw controls, seven ground balls and one caused turnover.

Healy (9-6) joined Roguski on the 2013 All-CAA First Team after leading the league in save percentage (48.6 percent) and saves per game (9.2) a season ago. Her efforts helped JMU lead the CAA in save percentage in 2013 as the Dukes denied 49.5 percent of shots taken against them.

In 2013, Curwin earned All-CAA Second Team honors after tying for second-most assists (12) for JMU. For the year, she posted the fourth-most points (43) as she scored 20 goals and added in 17 draw controls, 15 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. In the offseason, she represented Israel in the 2013 Lacrosse World Cup.

Cross returns for her junior campaign after leading the Dukes in caused turnovers (15) as a sophomore. She picked up the second-most ground balls (27) and handled five draw controls for Madison. She also tallied an assist in 2013 en route to All-CAA Second-Team accolades.

The league awarded co-Preseason Player of the Year awards. Hofstra defender April Iannetta and Towson attacker Ashleigh Rohrback tied for the honor. Towson was projected to be the 2014 CAA Women’s Lacrosse champion while JMU finished second in the voting.

JMU opens the 2014 season on Feb. 15 as the Dukes host Virginia Tech in a 1 p.m. match at University Park.