February 26, 2009

Yale Heads South to Face No. 19 JMU

Feb. 26, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's lacrosse team has little time to rest on the laurels of the season-opening 11-10 overtime win at Fairfield Wednesday afternoon. On Friday morning the Bulldogs leave at 6:00 a.m. for Virginia, where they take on No. 19 JMU Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

Yale topped JMU last season at Johnson Field, led by four goals from senior midfielder Jenn Warden (Edgemont, Pa.). The Bulldogs trailed 7-4 at 10:22 of the first half but allowed only two goals the rest of the way. A goal by Kat Peetz '08 with 8:09 left was the game-winner. Current Yale assistant coach Brigid Strain played for JMU in the game.

The Dukes opened their season with a 14-9 win at Virginia Tech. Casey Ancarrow led the team with four goals, including three in the first 15 minutes, to earn CAA Rookie of the Week honors. JMU also got three goals from attacker Jaime Dardine, midfielder Kim Griffin and midfielder Mary Kate Lomady.

Yale's season opener featured a four-goal comeback, led by four goals from junior attacker Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.) and five points (three goals, two assists) from junior attacker Jenna Block (Owings Mills, Md.). Warden contributed three goals.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity