Valiant Effort Thwarted as Delaware Falls to James Madison, 13-9, in CAA Semifinal Matchup
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team put doubt into the minds of James Madison University Friday evening as the Blue Hens charted a 4-0 rally to open the second half, but the Dukes roared back for a 13-9 victory at William & Mary’s Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in the Colonial Athletic Association Semifinals.
Second-seeded JMU (11-6) outscored third-seeded Delaware, 3-0, in the final 12:54 after leading by five at halftime.
The first half was a high paced, high scoring affair for both squads as the Dukes jumped out to a 5-2 lead less than 12 minutes in, but the Hens rallied to tie the game with 13:46 remaining. JMU closed the first with a 5-0 run to take the 10-5 advantage into the break.
All-CAA First Team selection Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) led the Blue Hens with three goals.
Sophomores Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) and Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) each tallied three points in the loss. Hawley notched two goals and one assist while Lyons, also an All-CAA First Team honoree, picked up one goal and two assists. Hawley led the Hens with three draw controls
Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) collected the loss for Delaware by giving up 10 goals while tallying just one save.
Amy Roguski netted a hat trick and dished out three assists while CAA Co-Player of the Year Stephanie Finley recorded six draw controls to aid the Dukes in the win. Schylar Healy earned the win in the cage with six saves. James Madison advances to face top-seeded Delaware Sunday in the CAA Championship final.
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“We faced some adversity in the first half. Together we did everything we could to make adjustments and battle back in the second half. Unfortunately, a second half comeback was not enough to win the game. I am proud of the grit and fight the team showed. Your last game always means something and advancing to the conference tournament is the first step to winning it.”
· Delaware returned to the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.
· The Blue Hens are now 3-8 all-time in CAA Tournament history.
· The Dukes have won six straight over Delaware and nine of the last 11.
· UD was a perfect 10 for 10 in clears.
· The Blue Hens held a 12-10 advantage in groundballs.
· Chelsea Fay finished her Delaware career by tallying at least one point in 42 straight games in addition to 115 career goals, a mark good to tie for 12th in school history with teammate Caitlin McCartney.
· Casey Lyons has tallied at least one point in each game played for Delaware.
· Shannon Hawley has posted at least one goal in 11 consecutive contests.
· Season Complete.