Mar 4, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT
James Madison earned one of the more impressive wins of the season on Saturday, downing then-No. 5 Loyola (Md.), 8-7. It was no surprise that some of the Dukes who played a big role in that W heard their names called as part of the league’s weekly award winners.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jaci Gordon • James Madison – Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy, So., Midfielder
Gordon only took two shots in the game versus Loyola, but both went for goals, including the eventual game-winner with 7:40 left to play. Her first goal of the game gave the Dukes their first lead of the contest, early in the second half to cap an important 5-0 run. Gordon now has seven goals on the season, while the win pushed JMU to 3-1.
DEFENDER OF THE WEEK:
Schylar Healy • James Madison
Eldersburg, Md./Liberty, Jr., Goalkeeper
Gordon’s last line of defense, goalkeeper Schylar Healy, was outstanding in the net for the Dukes in their win over the Greyhounds. She gave up the seven goals and stopped nine shots. The junior becomes the first goalie to earn DPOTW honors by the league this season. Healy not only held Loyola scoreless for nearly 30 minutes during the huge JMU run, but allowed just two goals over the final 42 minutes of play.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Erika Neumen • Hofstra
Rockford, MI/Rockford, Fr., Midfielder
Neumen, a Michigan native, scored two goals and dished out one assist in a 17-5 rout of the Blue Devils. They were the first two goals of her college career.
#CAASports WLAX Tweet of the Week:
From @JMULacrosse – “#JMUDukes kill the final two minutes for an 8-7 victory over @LoyolaWLax at UPark today.”
CAA teams in the national polls: Towson, which has been ranked in the IWLCA poll all four weeks this season, moved up to No. 11 in the Week 4 rankings. Despite falling to No. 2 Syracuse, the Tigers’ resume was still impressive enough to warrent upward movement. James Madison is still receiving votes in the same poll and is now ranked No. 20 in the Week 4 Lacrosse Magazine national poll. The Dukes downed then-No. 5 Loyola (Md.) at home on Saturday, 8-7.
League teams not afraid to play up: So far in 2014, league teams have already combined to square off versus nine ranked foes. Many CAA schools in general didn’t simplify their schedules, going out of their way to compete against the best of the best. Towson is currently in the midst of a five-game swing versus ranked opponents, while Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison and William & Mary have already faced teams that have been ranked in the top-10 in Division I this season.
Tigers picked first in preseason poll again: Two-time defending CAA champion Towson was picked to finish atop the women’s lacrosse standings again in 2014 according to a vote by the league’s head coaches. The Tigers, who are guided by three-time CAA Coach of the Year Sonia LaMonica, earned four first-place votes for a total of 24 points in the poll. James Madison followed closely behind with 21 points (earning one first-place nod) and 2013 CAA Championship runner-up Hofstra received a total of 17 points, including one first-place vote. Delaware was picked to finish fourth, while Drexel and William & Mary rounded out the predicted order of finish.
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