JMU roundup: Good garners CAA softball honor

RICHMOND — James Madison University freshman Megan Good was recognized for her outstanding play last weekend in Florida by being named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Good earned two victories at the Citrus Classic in Orlando after pitching 13 innings with a 1.62 ERA, allowing just three earned runs and eight hits, while striking out 11 batters.

She tossed a complete game, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out seven to upend then-No. 13 Minnesota, 8-2. Good also pitched six innings of relief against Penn State, conceding just one run and four hits, to help the Dukes win 2-1 in extra innings.

She was also one of the leaders at the plate, hitting .545 on 6-for-11 batting. She drove in three runs and scored twice herself while not striking out in any of her plate appearances. In the Minnesota win, she finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Through three weeks of the season, Good leads JMU both offensively and defensively. She is batting .417 with one home run, seven RBIs and five runs and is also 4-0 in the starting rotation with a 0.93 ERA. She has tossed three complete games, allowing just five runs (four earned) and 15 hits in her 30.0 innings pitched. Good has also accrued one save.

This is the second CAA accolade for the freshman as she was also named CAA Rookie of the Week back on Feb. 17. It is also the second pitcher of the week honor for a JMU player, as junior Jailyn Ford was named the league’s top pitcher, also on Feb. 17.

JMU opens its home slate Wednesday at 4 p.m. with a doubleheader against Virginia at Veterans Memorial Park.

Women’s lacrosse

RICHMOND — Senior goalie Schylar Healy of No. 15 James Madison women’s lacrosse has earned Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning.

Helping JMU to a 2-0 week with wins over High Point and then-No. 14 Loyola (Maryland), Healy posted an 8.58 goals against average while making 17 saves across the two contests. In the first game of the week against the Panthers, Healy stopped nine shots while collecting a career-high tying four ground balls in the 16-8 victory. On the road against the Greyhounds, Healy made eight saves while holding Loyola to just 2-of-7 on free position attempts.

After taking a leap in both major polls on Monday in moving to No. 15 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 17 in the Brine Media Poll, JMU returns to action on Friday on the road against Richmond. First draw against the Spiders is set for 6 p.m. inside Robins Stadium.

Men’s basketball

DANBURY, Conn. — James Madison junior guard Ron Curry earned his second award in as many days as he was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I South co-Player of the Week, the ECAC announced Tuesday.

Curry, the reigning CAA Player of the Week, averaged 21.5 points, six assists and 3.5 rebounds in JMU’s split last week to help the Dukes (19-12, 12-6 CAA) win a share of the CAA regular-season title for the first time in 15 years. He shot 52 percent on 13-for-25 shooting, including a tremendous 76.9 percent clip from 3-point range on 10-for-13 shooting. He knocked down five treys in each game, which tied his previous single-game career high.

In Wednesday’s game at North Carolina-Wilmington, Curry scored a game-high 23 points after going 8-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

In the regular-season finale versus Hofstra, Curry scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half, marking the eighth time this year he scored at least 20 points. He converted 5 of his 6 3-point attempts while dishing out a career-high 11 assists for his first career double-double. He also grabbed five rebounds while holding the CAA’s second-best 3-point shooting team to only 26.7 percent from long range.

This is the first ECAC accolade by any JMU player this season and the third straight week a CAA player has won an ECAC weekly award as Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton (Feb. 17) and David Walker (Feb. 24) earned the accolade for the New England region in each of the last two weeks. CAA players have been honored as ECAC Players or Rookies of the Week a total of nine times during the 2014-15 season.

Fourth-seeded JMU will open play at the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when they battle No. 5 Hofstra at Royal Farms Arena.

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