JMU roundup: Women’s lacrosse beats Drexel

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HARRISONBURG — James Madison lacrosse opened the game with a 9-0 run over Drexel to cruise to a 17-7 victory over the Dragons on Friday evening at University Park.

The Dukes improved to 9-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play, clinching a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament May 2-4. The Dragons dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in league action.

Over the opening 13:10 of play, JMU notched nine goals to put the game out of Drexel’s reach. Three of the first nine goals came from the stick of sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress, who scored a career-high four goals during the game. The Dragons put together a 3-0 run to close the gap to 9-3 in favor of JMU, but never got closer than six goals.

Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy earned the win (9-6), tallying 10 saves and allowing seven goals. Teresha Bradley picked up the loss (6-8) after nine saves and 17 goals allowed.

Junior attacker Stephanie Finley tied Gress for game-high goals with four on the evening. Coming off the bench, redshirt senior attacker Megan Piotrowicz added three points off two goals and one assist while freshman midfielder Leah Monticello added three points off one goal and two assists.

Junior midfielder Jordan Wilkins scored her first goal of the season on Friday to put the Dukes up 17-7 off a pass from sophomore midfielder Alex Revel, the first assist and point of her career.

The Dragons were led by Emily Duffey, who posted three goals and went 1-for-2 on free positions. Amanda Norcini added two assists while Kelly Palace, Drexel’s leading scorer, posted two goals.

JMU posted a 15-11 advantage in draw controls over Drexel. Finley led the Dukes with four draw controls, giving her 53 for the season and moving her into third all-time in JMU history. The single-season record is 55 draw controls, reached twice before (Jess Marion, ’00; Ashlee Dardine, ’04).

James Madison and Drexel each posted 10 caused turnovers on the afternoon. Junior midfielder Ali Curwin led JMU with two while eight other Dukes forced the Dragons to mishandle the ball. Caroline Thiele led Drexel with three caused turnovers while Palace added two. While the Dragons had an advantage in overall turnovers (12 to JMU’s 16), the Dukes tallied a 21-10 edge in ground balls.

The regular season concludes for JMU on Sunday, as the Dukes host league-foe Hofstra. Action begins at 1 p.m. at University Park while the senior ceremony begins at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Women’s tennis

WILLIAMSBURG — Fourth-seeded James Madison women’s tennis shut out fifth-seeded Delaware 4-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. The Dukes face top-seeded UNCW on Saturday at 2 p.m., their second straight trip to the semifinal round of the tournament.

JMU (14-5) defeated Delaware (8-8) for the second time this season without allowing the Blue Hens to post a point.

The All-CAA First Team doubles pair of junior Taylor Pinchoff and freshman Alex Huie started the winning for Madison with an 8-1 victory over Dorothy Safron and Nataliya Naumova at the No. 1 position. Seniors Ruxandra Andriescu and Jacqueline Palmucci followed with an 8-5 victory over Olivia Heim and Kim Milla at the No. 2 position to clinch the point and send the match to singles play.

Freshman Rachel Nelson pushed the Dukes to a 2-0 advantage with a two-set win (6-1, 6-2) over Naumova at No. 3 singles. Palmucci scored her second victory of the day with a two-set win (6-0, 6-1) over Milla at No. 5 singles, giving JMU a 3-0 lead.

The quarterfinal victory was sealed by freshman Emily Bradshaw at No. 6 singles. She dropped Abby Martinez 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the decisive fourth point.

Action at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles was stopped once match point was tallied. No. 3 doubles also went unfinished once the doubles point was secured.

UNCW dropped eighth-seeded Hofstra 4-0 on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round. The Dukes face-off with the Seahawks at 2 p.m. on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Millie West Tennis Facility on the campus of William & Mary.