JMU roundup: Dubay set to compete in NCAA swim championships

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HARRISONBURG — James Madison University senior swimmer Shannon Dubay becomes the second swimmer in team history to participate in the NCAA Championships as she travels to Minneapolis this weekend.

Dubay qualified in three events at last month’s Colonial Athletic Association Championships. She’ll swim in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events as well as the 200-yard individual medley. The 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are being held at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center starting Thursday and running through Saturday. Preliminaries start at noon each day with finals set for 8 p.m.

Dubay’s first swim comes during Thursday’s morning session as she’ll be in the 200-yard prelims. She also swims in the fifth event of Friday’s prelims (100-yard breaststroke) and the third event of Saturday’s morning session (200-yard breaststroke).

Dubay tied for the second-most points at the CAA Championships with 54. The senior won gold in the 100 breaststroke and turned in the nation’s 28th-best qualifying time while also taking silver in the 200 IM and the 200 breaststroke.

Junior Sin Hye Won is the only other member of the JMU women’s swimming team to have ever qualified for the NCAAs after attending the 2013 event. Diver Kimberly Helfrich is the only diver to make the event, after qualifying in 2011.

Women’s lacrosse

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A second-half 7-0 run by No. 14/18 Virginia stopped James Madison lacrosse as the Dukes fell 12-10 to the Cavaliers on Wednesday evening.

JMU lost its third straight as it fell to 4-4 on the year. Virginia improved to 4-5 this season with wins in two of its last three games.

The Dukes pushed out to a 9-5 lead after a 4-0 run to bridge the halves, but the Cavaliers took the lead for good on a 7-0 run that covered 16:34 of the second half. James Madison was held scoreless for over 23 minutes in the second stanza.

With Virginia ahead 12-9 and 6:32 left on the clock, JMU shot just once before time expired, a score by senior Amy Roguski off a pass by freshman Leah Monticello.

Roguski led the Dukes with four goals on six shots. Junior Ali Curwin tied her for game-high points with four off three goals on five shots and an assist. Redshirt freshman Betsy Angel and sophomore Jaci Gordon each added two assists and a goal. Gordon also corralled a team-high three draw controls.

Virginia was led by Liza Blue’s four points off three goals and an assist. Two of her three goals came in the second half, first tying the game at 9-9 before securing the Cavaliers’ lead for good at 10-9. Casey Bocklet also fired in three goals for Virginia. Morgan Stephens notched the eventual game-winning goal off a successful free-position shot.

James Madison returns home on Saturday to begin a four-game homestand. The Dukes start with No. 2/2 Maryland on March 22 at 2 p.m. at University Park.