BERKELEY, Calif. — Ninth-ranked James Madison opened its season with a 13-9 come-from-behind win at California Thursday evening.
JMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the match, but Cal outscored JMU 5-2 in the remainder of the first half to take a 5-4 lead into intermission. The Bears then increased their lead to 7-5 less than three minutes into the second half.
However, the Dukes scored eight goals while holding Cal to just two goals in the final 25:58 of the game.
Four Dukes scored multiple goals, with three goals each coming from seniors Ashley Kimener, Caitlin McHugh and junior Ariel Lane. Senior Monica Zabel added two goals and a game-high three assists.
Kimener scored her three goals on just three shots, and McHugh scored three goals on four shots.
Zabel, McHugh and senior Annie Brophy led the Dukes with two draw controls apiece, and senior Cally Chakrian had a game-high seven ground balls.
Cal was led in scoring by Paige Gasparino with three goals and Megan Takacs with two scores.
Dukes’ redshirt junior goalkeeper Alex Menghetti finished with 10 saves, and Cal goaltender Megan McGinnnis made 13 stops.