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JMU roundup: Dukes tied for 18th at Jacksonville golf tournament


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The James Madison University women's golf team was tied for 18th on Monday after the first two rounds of the Web.com Intercollegiate.

The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Jacksonville University, is being played at Marsh Landing Country Club (Par 72 - 5,967 yards).

James Madison struggled in the opening round with a 24-over 312, but improved 10 shots in the afternoon with a 14-over 302 and has a 36-hole total of 38-over 614, tied with Cincinnati. No. 35 Florida State is leading at 8-under 568, seven shots ahead of East Carolina in second at 1-under 575. Chattanooga is third at 1-over 577, with Minnesota and No. 17 UCF tied for fourth at 4-over 580.

Junior Shabril Brewer put together the best 36-hole total of the season for the Dukes, as she is at 5-under 139 in a tie for fourth. Brewer shot a season-best 3-under 69 in the morning round and followed it up with a 2-under 70 in the afternoon. She had eight birdies on the day with just three bogeys. Senior Ginger Mak is next for Madison in a tie for 84th at 13-over 157, having posted a 10-over 82 in the morning but improving seven shots in the afternoon with a 3-over 75. Junior Maria Andrea Legaspi is two shots behind Mak at 15-over 159, tied for 89th. Junior Nikola Wessels and sophomore Kelsey Solan are tied for 91st at 16-over 160, with both having improved their scores in the afternoon 18.

Florida State's Matilda Castren is the 36-hole individual leader at 9-under 135, leading Jordan Britt of Chattanooga and Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy by two shots, with the pair at 7-under 137.

The entire field will go off on an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start on Tuesday for the final round, with Madison playing with Michigan and Cincinnati.

Softball

RICHMOND -- After helping their team go 5-0 with sweeps of Virginia Tech and Towson, James Madison senior shortstop Caitlin Sandy and sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford were named the Colonial Athletic Association Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, on Monday.

Sandy picks up her first-ever CAA Player of the Week accolade after batting .500 (8-for-16), with two home runs and six RBIs. The senior also contributed six runs scored, a double and two walks. Sandy committed only one error in the field in 25 attempts for a .960 fielding percentage. In Saturday's doubleheader against Towson, Sandy became the 10th player in school history to play in at least 200 games as she moved into seventh on program's all-time list with 202 games played and a tie for seventh in games started (199). The Fayetteville, N.C. native also moved past Jenn Chavez (2006-08) for sixth on the program's hit list with 163.

Ford wins CAA Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season and the sixth time in her career. She went 2-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA in a trio of appearances during the week. The left-hander struck out 11 and held her opponents to a .163 batting average against in 11 2/3 innings pitched. She made all of her appearances in relief, collecting a win and a save in two showings versus Virginia Tech while getting the win in the series finale against Towson.

At the plate, Ford batted .500 (7-for-14) with three home runs and six RBIs. She added a double, five runs scored and five walks.

Delaware's Kelly Lupton shared Pitcher of the Week honors with Ford while Hofstra's Lacey Clark garnered Rookie of the Week accolades.

The Dukes return to the field on Wednesday as they host Longwood for a non-conference doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Women's lacrosse

RICHMOND -- For the first time this season and second time in her career, James Madison lacrosse's junior attacker Stephanie Finley tallied the Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Week honor, the league announced today.

Finley led the Dukes in an 18-11 victory over William & Mary in both teams' CAA openers on Saturday. She scored a career-high tying five goals against the Tribe as well as assisted on three other goals for a season-high eight points. Her eight points on the day are the most by any JMU player this season.

Overall, Finley has scored a team-high 28 goals with a third-best 13 assists for 41 points this season. She also boasts a team-high 40 draw controls with 11 grounds balls and seven caused turnovers.

As a team, the Dukes have compiled seven weekly conference accolades this season.

JMU continues CAA play this weekend with its final road trip of the regular season. The Dukes face Delaware on Friday at 5 p.m. before heading to Towson on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game.



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