JMU roundup: JMU falls to UConn in women’s lacrosse

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STORRS, Conn. – After Connecticut won the draw control to open the second overtime period, the Huskies’ Lauren Kahn drove down the field and scored the game-winning man-down goal just 21 seconds into the extra time, securing the 14-13 win for the Huskies over No. 19 James Madison lacrosse on Sunday afternoon at the Sherman Sports Complex.

The Dukes saw their three-game win-streak snapped as they fell to 4-2 on the season. The Huskies snapped a three-game losing-streak as they improved to 2-4 on the year.

With UConn leading 12-11 in the final moments of regulation, junior midfielder Ali Curwin scored the game-tying goal off a free position attempt with two seconds left on the clock and sent the game into overtime.

The Huskies struck first in the extra stanza as UConn’s Jacqueline Jordan picked up a pass from teammate Lauren Kahn to give UConn the 13-12 lead with 3:28 to go. Freshman midfielder Leah Monticello tied the game for the seventh time off a solo shot with 11 seconds left on the clock. Neither team was able to score again, sending the game into a golden-goal second overtime period.

Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy tallied the loss (4-2) after allowing 14 goals and had six saves. Shannon Nee earned the win (2-4), allowing 13 goals and had five saves.

Tied at 8-all coming out of halftime, UConn scored the first two goals of the second stanza to go up 10-8 with 24:03 left in regular time. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress scored her second goal of the game with 22:35 on the clock to pull the Dukes within one before senior attacker Amy Roguski tied the game at 10-10 off a pass from senior attacker Emily Rhoads.

Curwin found the back of the net a minute later, but the goal was disallowed upon the stick check. She went back at Nee and scored with an assist from junior attacker Stephanie Finley, giving JMU its first lead of the second half at 11-10 with 11:27 remaining.

UConn retook the lead off two straight free-position tallies, going up 12-11, before Curwin tied the game off a free-position attempt with two seconds to go in regulation. Officials initially disallowed the goal, but a discussion concluded the game-tying goal would stand.

Eight Madison players scored in the loss, with five scoring two goals apiece. The Dukes made 24 shots with 18 on goal and scored on three of five free position opportunities.

Seven Connecticut players scored in the win, led by Katherine Finkelston with four goals on seven shots on goal. Of the Huskies, 25 shots, 20 were on goal. They scored on four of eight free position attempts and also scored on all three man-up opportunities they had.

Overall, JMU held slight advantages over Connecticut in ground balls (18-17) and draw controls (16-15). The teams pulled even with one another in turnovers (23) and caused turnovers (11).

JMU scored first with a shot into the upper right corner by Gress. Finley followed behind her with a shot into the lower left corner, giving the Dukes a 2-0 advantage in the opening five minutes. The Dukes led by as many as three points twice, with the last coming at 5-2 off a score by sophomore midfielder Jenna Mertz with 13:47 left in the first half. The tally was her first of the season.

The Huskies then compiled a 6-1 run to take an 8-6 lead, their first lead of the day. The Dukes countered with two goals of their own to tie the game at 8-8 heading into halftime, the third tie of the match.

Madison continues its road swing with a trip to Rutgers on Saturday, March 15. Opening draw takes place at 1 p.m.


Men’s basketball

BALTIMORE, Md., – Towson scored a tournament-record 39 points off free throws as James Madison fell 80-71 in the quarterfinal round of the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship Saturday night in the Baltimore Arena.

Second-seeded Towson (23-9, 14-3 CAA) won its seventh game in a row to advance to the semifinals of the tournament, where it will play third-seeded William and Mary. JMU finished its season at 11-20 overall.

The game included CAA Tournament and JMU opponent records for team free throws (Towson 39) and team free throw attempts (61). JMU tied tournament and program records for personal fouls committed with 37 and the teams set a tournament record for combined personal fouls (62). The Tigers made more free throws than they attempted field goals (33) and attempted just 12 field goals in the second half while going 27-for-42 from the line in the period.

JMU’s three sophomore guards each scored in double figures with Andre Nation leading the way with 18 points and five rebounds. Charles Cooke added 14 points and five rebounds while Ron Curry added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. With all of the foul problems, freshman forward Paulius Satkus stepped up with career highs of eight points, seven rebounds and 21 minutes played.

Four McGlynn led four Towson players in double figures with 21 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the arc and 9-for-10 at the stripe. CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon added to his national lead in double-doubles with 18 points and 10 rebounds while going 12-for-21 at the line, one shy of the JMU opponent record for individual free throw attempts in a game. Mike Burwell added 17 points and Marcus Damas chipped in with 14.

The teams combined for 70 free throw attempts in the second half alone. Towson shot 49 percent from the floor on 16-for-33 shooting and went 9-for-16 (56 percent) from the arc. JMU shot 37 percent from the field (20-for-54) but hit just three of its 20 attempts from the arc (15 percent). The Dukes claimed a 40-26 advantage in rebounds while leading Towson 30-14 in points in the paint and 16-1 in second-chance points.

JMU trailed 34-27 at the half and kept the margin between eight and 12 points for the first nine minutes of the second half. Both teams had field goal droughts of over five minutes early in the second half and had just five combined field goals in the first eight minutes as the fouls piled up.

Towson finally gained some distance as McGlynn and Burwell connected on 3-pointers to extend the margin to 58-43 for the largest lead of the game at the 9:47 mark.

JMU still managed to fight back, cutting it to eight points again at the 6:22 mark on a Satkus jumper and making it a six-point game at 61-55 on free throws by graduate forward Andrey Semenov with 5:36 remaining.

However, Damas came up with the answer with a huge three-point play in the paint and McGlynn followed a JMU miss with two free throws to push it back to 11 points at 66-55. The Dukes cut back to six but not until the final minute of play as Towson hit free throws to finish the 80-71 triumph.

Towson jumped out to an 18-10 lead in the first nine minutes thanks to 4-for-6 shooting from the arc. A steal and slam by Parker-Rivera extended it to a 10-point margin at 22-12 and the lead reached as large as 13 at 29-16 at the six-minute mark.

Despite foul trouble for five players, the Dukes had a final push in the half, scoring 11 of the final 16 points including a stretch of nine of 11 points by Nation. A 3-pointer by Nation with 39 seconds remaining cut it to 34-27. After a defensive stop, Curry’s 45-footer at the buzzer narrowly bounced off the rim to keep the margin at seven at the break.

Towson shot 43 percent in the half, including 4-for-8 from the arc, while also going 12-for-19 at the line to take advantage of the JMU foul trouble. The Dukes shot 38 percent overall, including a 1-for-9 mark at the arc. Despite the deficit, JMU enjoyed a 22-10 advantage on rebounds.

Nation led all players with 10 points in the half. Burwell had nine points for the Tigers in the half with Benimon adding eight and Damas seven.