JMU roundup: Ford earns CAA honor

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RICHMOND – James Madison sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford was named the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is the fourth time this season and the seventh time in her career that Ford has earned the league’s weekly pitching honor.

Ford went 1-0 with a save in a pair of appearances in relief against North Carolina last week. The left-hander held the Tar Heels to one hits and struck out 16 in nine shutout innings. She retired the first 21 batters she faced between the two appearances and 27 of 29 total batters. Her performance gave her 172 strikeouts this season and 381 punchouts for career. Both totals rank third in JMU’s record book. Ford also earned her 41st career win, ranking her fourth all-time and picked up her fourth career save (fifth all-time).

This season, Ford in 17-6 with a CAA-leading 1.41 ERA in 29 appearances. The Hot Springs, native owns 15 complete games, five shutouts and 172 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .210 off the lefty.

The College of Charleston’s Kelsey Hodgson was named CAA Player of the Week while league Rookie of the Week honors went to Hofstra’s Michaela Transue.

The Dukes are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Charlottesville, for a non-conference doubleheader at Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse

RICHMOND – Both James Madison women’s lacrosse junior attacker Stephanie Finley and junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy earned their second weekly honors from the league today, taking home Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week accolades today for offense and defense, respectively.

Finley earned the CAA Player of the Week nod after helping lead the Dukes to a 2-0 final weekend of the regular season. She snared eight draw controls over the two-game stretch to push her season total to 57, a new single-season record at JMU as she surpassed the previous high of 55 (set twice). She also added five goals, one assist and two ground balls over the weekend as she leads the Dukes in goals (39) and points (54).

Healy picked up her second CAA Defensive Player of the Week honor after playing all 120 minutes in the JMU cage this weekend. She allowed just 14 goals on the weekend and saved 17 on-goal shots for a 54.8 save percentage over the two games. She held Hofstra scoreless for the first 28:35 of the game on Sunday while holding Drexel scoreless for the first 14:01 on Friday.

JMU capped the regular season with a pair of 17-7 wins over Drexel (April 18) and Hofstra (April 20) during the final weekend of play to finish with a 10-6 overall record and a 4-1 record in league action.

The Dukes take a nearly two-week hiatus before traveling to Williamsburg for the 2014 CAA championship tournament at William & Mary. Second-seeded JMU faces third-seeded Delaware in the semifinal round on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.