Dukes' season ends with OT loss to Stony Brook in NCAA Tournament

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Despite leading by as many as three in the second half, 11th-ranked James Madison saw its season come to an end, as Nicole Barretta scored the game-winning goal 1:19 into overtime to lift No. 15 Stony Brook to a 10-9 victory in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship on Friday evening at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

The Seawolves improve to 16-4 and advance to Sunday’s second round against No. 1 Maryland, while the Dukes end their season with a 16-4 mark.

The 2019 JMU seniors depart the program as the winningest class in school history, as they finish their careers with a 62-22 record. This group won four regular-season Colonial Athletic Association titles, three conference tournament championships and advanced to four NCAA Championships, winning it all in 2018.

JMU led 8-6, but a three-goal run by Stony Brook gave the Seawolves a 9-8 lead with 2:46 to play. On the next possession, junior attacker Logan Brennan got space in front and fired the game-tying goal with 1:28 to go. The Dukes had a chance at the end of regulation but was unable to net the winner. In the extra period, SBU won the draw control, setting up the game-winning score.

Junior attacker Maddie McDaniel tied for game-high honors with four goals, marking her third straight game with four scores. She also won nine draw controls, becoming the CAA’s single-season leader for most draws, with 127 draws. Senior attacker Hanna Haven had four points off two goals and two assists, and Brennan had two goals and one helper. Sophomore attacker Katie Checkosky added two assists.

On the defensive end, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Molly Dougherty made 11 saves, marking her ninth game with double-digit stops. Senior defender Lauren DuVall had a career-best five ground balls and senior defender Natalie Fuccillo caused a pair of turnovers. Senior defender Caroline Sdanowich tallied seven hustle stats, with a caused turnover, three draws and three ground balls.

For Stony Brook, Ally Kennedy tied McDaniel with four goals, to go with three caused turnovers, four ground balls and three draws. Taryn Ohmiller also dished off four assists, and Barretta tallied a pair of goals. Anna Tesoriero made 12 saves between the pipes for the Seawolves.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
--Stony Brook out-shot JMU 26-24 while both teams had 21 shots on goal.
--The Dukes had a large lead in the circle, with a 15-6 advantage in draw controls.
--SBU also held slight leads in caused turnovers (7-5) and ground balls (18-17)
--It marked JMU’s first loss of the season when allowing 10 or less goals. The Dukes had been 16-0 with conceding 10 or fewer in 2019.

SOME OF JMU’S BEST
--It was the final game for seven JMU seniors, and two ranked highly in quite a few statistical categories.
--Caroline Sdanowich finishes her JMU career ranking tied for third in caused turnovers (102) and tied for 12th in ground balls (120).
--Hanna Haven rounds out her tenure at JMU ranking 11th all-time in goals (129), fourth in assists (89), sixth in points (218), tied for ninth in free-position goals (31) and eighth in shots (310).

CAA RECORD FOR MADDIE
--Maddie McDaniel set the conference record for single-season draw controls, as she added nine to her total in Friday’s first round.
--She finishes 2019 with 127, which is six better than Hofstra’s Darcie Smith, who had 121 this season. It also bested last year’s record of 108, set by JMU’s Haley Warden.
--Heading into her senior season in 2020, McDaniel already ranks fourth at JMU with 159 career draws, which is 86 off of Warden’s career record (245).