JMU roundup: Finley earns CAA Women’s Lacrosse Co-Player of the Year

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WILLIAMSBURG – Junior attacker Stephanie Finley earned the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year honor on Thursday night by a vote of the league’s coaches, highlighting 10 accolades earned by James Madison lacrosse.

This marks the third consecutive year a Duke has earned at least a share of the CAA Player of the Year honor.

Finley also earned a spot on the All-CAA First Team and was joined by junior midfielder Ali Curwin and junior defender Lexi Cross. JMU fielded three players on the All-CAA Second Team in senior attacker Amy Roguski, senior defender Leah Perrotta and junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy. Redshirt-freshman attacker Betsy Angel and freshman midfielder Leah Monticello represented the Dukes on the CAA All-Rookie Team for 2014.

Finley led the Dukes in goals (39) and points (54) during the regular season. She broke a single-season record for draw controls, securing the ball for JMU 57 times over 16 games. In the CAA, she was first in shots per contest (5.62), tied for first in game-winning goals (3) and second in goals per game (2.44). This season, she was twice named a CAA Player of the Week.

Curwin posted 45 points this year, second most on the squad, off 25 goals and 20 assists. She also made her presence known on defense with 28 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Against CAA opponents, she tied for second in assists per game (1.60) and fourth in ground balls per game (2.20). She earned the league’s weekly honor for her play prior to the week of Feb. 17. Curwin was also named to the CAA All-Academic squad.

Rounding out the Dukes on the All-CAA First Team, Cross notched a co-defender of the week title this season after her action at Delaware and Towson. She was second on the team in caused turnovers (15) as well as second on the squad in ground balls (33). She also tallied the first points of her career this season in back-to-back games with a goal against San Diego State and an assist against William & Mary.

Named to the All-CAA Second Team in her final season, Roguski scored 33 goals to move into a tie for 13th-most in JMU history at 111 career goals. She posted a season-high five goals on Senior Day against Hofstra, her third game of the year with at least four scores. Against conference foes, she was tied for fifth in the league in goals per game (2.00).

Perrotta anchored a stout defense this season that held opponents to nine or fewer goals seven times this season (6-1 in those games). She caused a team-high 20 turnovers by opponents during her final campaign with the Dukes and picked up 19 ground balls. Her average 1.40 caused turnovers per CAA contest were tied for fourth amongst league players.

Healy went 10-6 in net for the Dukes, allowing an average of 10.27 goals per game and saving 44.4-percent of shots taken. The first goalkeeper to earn 2014 CAA Defender of the Week honors in 2014, she guarded the cage for 95 percent of the Dukes’ game time. Her 8.00 saves per game overall ranked second in the league while her goals against average (10.27) and save percentage (.444) each ranked fourth.

Angel earned a slot on the All-Rookie team after earning a starting spot midway through the season. She tallied 18 goals overall, including a career-high four goals against San Diego State (W, 20-7). The two-time CAA Rookie of the Week also corralled 12 ground balls and two caused turnovers over the course of the season.

Monticello made an impact on both ends of the field in her inaugural season with the Dukes. She tallied six goals and seven assists for a total of 13 points through the regular season while adding 13 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

Second-seeded JMU opens the 2014 CAA Championship Tournament on Friday, May 2 against third-seeded Delaware in the semifinal round. Opening draw takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on the campus of William & Mary in Williamsburg. The co-regular season champion Dukes are battling for a trip to Sunday’s title game against the winner of game one between top-seeded Towson and fourth-seeded Hofstra.