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James Madison Athletics | April 20, 2014

James Madison beats Hofstra, clinches share of CAA regular-season title

  Emily Rhoads had a career-high seven points off three goals and a career-high four assists.

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- On Senior Day, James Madison's class of 2014 led the Dukes to a 17-7 victory against Hofstra to clinch a share of the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title and the No. 2 seed at next month’s CAA championship tournament.

JMU finished the regular season with a 4-1 record against conference foes and a 10-6 overall record. Hofstra fell to 1-3 in CAA action and 7-9 overall. Goalkeeper Schylar Healy earned the win, allowing seven goals and committing seven saves, while Kelsey Gregerson took the loss, allowing 17 goals and committing nine saves.

Emily Rhoads posted a career-high seven points off three goals and a career-high four assists. Megan Piotrowicz posted a career-high six points off a personal-best four goals and tying a personal-best two assists. 

Amy Roguski also posted a career-high six points off five goals, tying a personal high, and one assist.  Her five goals pushed her career total to 111, moving her into a tie for 13th all-time at JMU (Robyn Dunn, 1982-85).

The Dukes posted 13 assists on 17 goals, setting a season high as a team.  Seven Madison players scored while eight tallied assists.

Hofstra was led by Tiana Parrella, who scored three times for the Pride.  Lindsay McKinnon notched a team-high four points off one goal and three assists. 

The Pride and the Dukes were even at 13 draw controls each.  Brittain Altomare won a game-high five to pace Hofstra while as Stephanie Finley corralled a team-high four draw controls to lead JMU.  Finley pushed her season total to 57 draw controls, setting a single-season record for Madison as she surpassed the previous high of 55, tallied twice before.

The first five goals of the afternoon came from JMU sticks, giving the Dukes a 5-0 with 8:09 left in the first half.  Hofstra did not score until the 1:25 mark of the first stanza, a man-up goal as Finley sat with a yellow card, as JMU took a 5-1 lead into halftime.

JMU opened the second half with another 5-0 run to give JMU a 10-1 advantage with 19:38 left on the clock.  The Pride tallied six of the next eight goals to cut the Dukes lead to five goals at 12-7 with 4:42 to go, but JMU closed the game on a third 5-0 run over the final 2 minutes, 34 seconds to run away with a 17-7 victory.

On defense, Madison edged Hofstra in ground balls 24-20 and caused turnovers 12-10.  Redshirt-junior defender Kaci Starkloff picked up a career-high tying four ground balls to lead the Dukes.  Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress caused a career-high three turnovers by the Pride.

Madison secured a share of the CAA regular-season title with Towson. 

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