HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (JMU Athletics) -- Junior midfielder Maddie McDaniel fired home the game-winning goal 2:55 into double overtime to lift 11th-ranked James Madison to a 9-8 Colonial Athletic Association women’s lacrosse victory at Hofstra on Sunday afternoon at Shuart Stadium.
The Dukes improve to 12-3 on the year and remain unbeaten in CAA play, at 4-0. The Pride falls to 9-5 and 2-1. With the win, JMU seizes control of first place in the conference standings and has a game-and-a-half lead for the top spot at the CAA Championship with two games to play.
JMU trailed 7-5 late in the second half before stringing together three straight goals in a span of 2:22, capped off by a tally by McDaniel, to take an 8-7 lead with 4:04 to play. Hofstra scored a free-position goal with 26 seconds left, forcing the first overtime game for JMU this season.
In the first overtime, JMU out-shot Hofstra 3-1, but the Pride turned away both of the Dukes’ shots on goal to send the game to double overtime. With Hofstra working in the offensive zone, senior defender Caroline Sdanowich took a charge to give possession back to JMU. At the other end, senior attacker Hanna Haven dished a pass inside to McDaniel, who turned and scored her second and game-winning goal.
McDaniel was one of three JMU players to score two goals in the win. She had a pair of scores, to go with four draw controls. Haven led all players with five points off two goals and three assists, marking her sixth game this year with at least three assists. Sophomore attacker Katie Checkosky scored twice, and junior attacker Logan Brennan had three points on a goal and two helpers.
Defensively, redshirt sophomore Molly Dougherty turned away 67% of Hofstra’s shots on goal, making 16 saves for her second-highest total of the season. Junior Emma Johnson and senior Lauren DuVall each collected four ground balls, which was a career high for DuVall. Senior Caroline Sdanowich also caused a pair of turnovers.
Hofstra’s Alyssa Parrella, who is the nation’s leading scorer, was held to nearly three goals under her season average, as she tallied two goals with an assist on nine shots. Amanda Guerra and Arianna Esposito each scored twice and Jess Smith made nine save between the pipes.
“Today was a huge character win. I feel like we came in and stole this game from Hofstra. They beat us in nearly every category, except for shooting percentage and saves. For us to be able to this on the road in two games with starters out, it’s just a huge character win for JMU. Molly was a rock for us today. Along with the seven defenders in front of her, they’re the rock of our team, and we have so much trust in them. Molly put the team on her shoulders today. I’m so proud of this team. We didn’t play our best and were still able to grit out a win against a team who was ready for us. It’s a great confidence booster and a reminder of the quality team we are from top to bottom.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
JMU won its fourth straight against the Pride and is now 3-1 all-time against them in overtime games. The Dukes evened their all-time record in Hempstead, which now stands at 5-5.
Hofstra controlled much of the box score, which included out-shooting JMU 36-24, including 24-18 in shots on goal.
The Dukes held leads in saves (16-9) and shooting percentage (37.5% to 22.2%). They also cashed in on 3-of-5 free-position shots while limiting HU to a 2-of-9 mark.
The Pride also had advantages in caused turnovers (9-3), ground balls (24-18) and draw controls (12-9).
JMU improved to 2-2 this season when allowing more draw controls to its opponents. It was also the fewest goals in a win since a 9-5 victory against Towson on April 1, 2017.
Dougherty’s 16 saves marked the seventh game this season she reached double-digit stops.
CONFERENCE OUTLOOK HEADING DOWN THE STRETCH
JMU controls its own destiny in seeking a fourth straight regular-season championship in the CAA, as it stands at 4-0 in league play. Hofstra and Towson are both 2-1, and Elon is 2-2. Drexel sits at 1-2, William & Mary is 1-3 and Delaware is 0-3.
A JMU win in either game next week would clinch the top seed for the 2019 CAA Championship, which the Dukes host on May 3 and 5 in Harrisonburg.
JMU returns home for a pair of games to close the regular season next week. The Dukes host Elon on Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m. before taking on William & Mary on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.