May 15, 2010

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HARRISONBURG, Va., May 15, 2010 -- James Madison (17-2) limited Stanford (15-6) to one goal in the second half and senior goalie Morgan Kelly (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) made 10 saves as the Dukes defeated the Cardinal 9-8 in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament.

Freshman attacker Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) scored three goals, including the game-winner with 11:35 remaining, to lead the JMU offense. She tallied three of the Dukes' final six goals of the match.

Stanford scored the opening two goals and led throughout the first period. Cardinal junior Leslie Foard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mariemont) tallied three first-half goals, including back-to-back scores at 14:54 and 11:45, that put Stanford up 6-3. The teams exchanged goals in the remaining minutes, and the Cardinal took a 7-4 lead into intermission.

But the Dukes scored three times in the opening 5:15 of the second half to start a 4-0 scoring run that gave JMU its first lead, 8-7, with 13:36 remaining. Junior Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington) converted a free-position attempt that gave the Dukes the advantage.

Stanford sophomore Catherine Swanson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) evened the game at 8-8 with an unassisted score at 12:21.

Less than a minute later, however, Ancarrow made good on a free-position attempt to put the Dukes back on top 9-8 with 11:35 left to play.

In the final 11 minutes, JMU got off four shots but failed to score. Three attempts sailed wide and a fourth was stopped by junior goalkeeper Annie Read (Riverside, Conn./Greenwich).

Meanwhile, the Dukes' Kelly made stops on five Stanford shots. She made a save on a Swanson shot at 10:36, stopped attempts by Foard at 8:39 and 8:18, then saved back-to-back shots by redshirt junior Lauren Schmidt (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) at 2:27 and 2:02. Following the final save, JMU worked the ball into its offensive third and began to stall. However, an errant pass was picked off by Foard with 24 seconds left.

Following a Stanford timeout with 18 seconds to play, a shot by junior Sarah Flynn (Baltimore, Md./Towson) with 10 seconds was wide,

The Dukes will face Syracuse, a 15-8 winner over Georgetown Saturday, on May 22 or 23 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.