High-Octane Offense Leads to JMU's Double-Digit Win at Drexel

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (JMU Athletics) -- Behind a program-record 21 draw controls and three players recording hat tricks, No. 11 James Madison cruised to a 19-9 Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse win at Drexel on Friday night at Vidas Field.

The Dukes win its fourth straight and remain unbeaten in CAA play, improving to 11-3 on the year and 3-0 in league games. The Dragons dropped their second straight, falling to 6-7 and 1-2. The win kept JMU's perfect streak against Drexel intact, as the Dukes are now 19-0 all-time in the series.

JMU controlled possession for much of the night due in large to a dominating 21-8 margin on draw controls, including a game-high 10 by junior attacker Maddie McDaniel. Three different players recorded hat tricks and 10 players notched at least one goal in the win.

Junior midfielder Kelsey Reed fired home a career-high four goals with three draws. Junior attacker Logan Brennan led the game with three goals and two assists, and freshman midfielder Rachel Matey turned in her first career hat trick, with three tallies.

McDaniel, who moved into second place in JMU single-season history with 80 draw controls, scored twice, and senior attacker Hanna Haven scored a pair of free-position goals. Sophomore midfielder Charlotte Haggerty scored a goal and tied her career high with three caused turnovers, and senior defender Caroline Sdanowich accrued 11 hustle stats, with six draws, two caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Trailing 2-1, JMU scored six straight goals in a span of just over four minutes to take the early 7-2 lead with 18:23 to play in the first. After a Dragons goal, the Dukes scored the next four to up their lead to seven, at 11-4. JMU led 13-6 at the break, and after a quick Drexel goal to open the second, JMU wouldn't allow another tally for over 20 minutes, as the Dukes extended the advantage to double digits.

Drexel was led by Colleen Grady, who scored four goals with an assist, and Courtney Dietzel tallied a pair of scores.

"I'm really proud of our team for coming in here and turning in one of the best games we've played all year. Great teams evolve as the year goes on, and that's what we're doing right now. We were sharing the ball very well, and when we do that, we create a lot of opportunities. Maddie [McDaniel] is a tower. She's a talent, knows how to take advantage of her length and she's showing great quickness when being doubled. I'm really pleased right now with our balance on the draw."

JMU controlled nearly every statistical category, including a 30-22 advantage in shots and 25-13 lead in shots on goal.
The Dukes won a school-record 21 draw controls, marking the fifth time since 2006 that they won 20 or more in a single game.
JMU was 5-of-7 on free-position shots, which included a 5-for-5 mark from its starters. Drexel was just 1-of-5 from the 8-meter.
Both teams were highly successful in the ride, as there was only one failed clear all night, in spite of the heavy rain. JMU was 14-of-14 and DU was 16-of-17.
JMU also held leads in caused turnovers (7-6) and ground balls (10-9), while Drexel had six saves, to JMU's four. The Dragons also committed two fewer penalties, with 11 to JMU's 13.

JMU closes the weekend on Sunday at Hofstra (9-4, 2-0 CAA) in a battle for outright first place in the CAA. The opening draw is set for noon from Shuart Stadium.