On Senior Day, the James Madison lacrosse class of 2014 led the Dukes to a 17-7 victory over Hofstra to clinch a share of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title and the No. 2 seed at next month’s CAA championship tournament.
JMU finished the regular season with a 4-1 record against conference foes and a 9-6 overall record. Hofstra fell to 1-3 in CAA action and 7-9 overall. Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) earned the win, allowing seven goals and committing seven saves, while Kelsey Gregerson took the loss, allowing 17 goals and committing nine saves.
Redshirt-junior attacker Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes), who is graduating this May, posted a career-high seven points off three goals and a career-high four assists. Redshirt-senior attacker Megan Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) posted a career-high six points off a personal-best four goals and tying a personal-best two assists.
Senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) also posted a career-high six points off five goals, tying a personal high, and one assist. Her five goals pushed her career total to 111, moving her into a tie for 13th all-time at JMU (Robyn Dunn, 1982-85).
The Dukes posted 13 assists on 17 goals, setting a season high as a team. Seven Madison players scored while eight tallied assists.
Hofstra was led by Tiana Parrella, who scored three times for the Pride. Lindsay McKinnon notched a team-high four points off one goal and three assists.
The Pride and the Dukes were even at 13 draw controls each. Brittain Altomare won a game-high five to pace Hofstra while as junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) corralled a team-high four draw controls to lead JMU. Finley pushed her season total to 57 draw controls, setting a single-season record for Madison as she surpassed the previous high of 55, tallied twice before.
The first five goals of the afternoon came from JMU sticks, giving the Dukes a 5-0 with 8:09 left in the first half. Hofstra did not score until the 1:25 mark of the first stanza, a man-up goal as Finley sat with a yellow card, as JMU took a 5-1 lead into halftime.
JMU opened the second half with another 5-0 run to give JMU a 10-1 advantage with 19:38 left on the clock. The Pride tallied six of the next eight goals to cut the Dukes lead to five goals at 12-7 with 4:42 to go, but JMU closed the game on a third 5-0 run over the final 2 minutes, 34 seconds to run away with a 17-7 victory.
On defense, Madison edged Hofstra in ground balls 24-20 and caused turnovers 12-10. Redshirt-junior defender Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) picked up a career-high tying four ground balls to lead the Dukes. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) caused a career-high three turnovers by the Pride.
Madison secured a share of the CAA regular-season title today with Towson. Although both teams have 4-1 records, the Tigers hold the head-to-head advantage over the Dukes, giving Towson the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CAA championship tournament while JMU will be the No. 2 seed.
The 2014 CAA championship tournament begins with the semifinal round on May 2 and wraps up with the championship game on May 4. In the first year of predetermined sites, the event will be hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. No. 2 JMU will take on the as-yet-determined No. 3 seed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2.