Apr 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT
Often times when playing on a team that has set high expectations or has a handful of talented individuals, it’s easy to go unnoticed. While that might not exactly be the case for James Madison junior Stephanie Finley, who’s had a bit of a breakout year, her play did not get overlooked on Saturday when the Dukes defeated William & Mary, 18-11.
Finley, who was named CAA Women’s Lacrosse POTW, not only scored five times, but also dished out three assists, picked up one ground ball and forced a caused turnover in the win. Her five goals tied a career-high and the eight points overall set a new single-season high for JMU this year. During the 2014 campaign, Finley leads the Dukes with 28 goals, 4o draw controls, 11 ground balls and seven caused TO’s.
Speaking of overlooked, while Madison and Towson certainly have proven their respective worth to be either ranked or receiving votes in the IWLCA poll, Delaware has been one of the hotter CAA WLAX teams as of late. The Blue Hens recently won two straight games to move to 9-4 on the year and have yet to lose at home this season, having won nine consecutive contests at Delaware Stadium.
Sophomore Lizzie Duffey, a midfielder, did just about everything last week to assure her Hens would come away with two wins. She totaled five ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls on top of adding one tally as well. Duffey was honored as the Defender of the Week. If the Blue Hens can continue to take care of business at home, where the team plays out its final four remaining games, they could enter the CAA Championships with plenty of steam. Here’s one of our favorite tweets from the week by the ‘Hens.
Lastly, the future of the league looks bright if players like Gabby Cha of Towson and Betsy Angel of JMU keep showing freshmen the way. Cha, who won her league-leading third CAA Rookie of the Week nod, registered five goals and two assists over a 1-1 TU split. Cha ranks third for the Tigers with 24 points this season — 19 goals, five assists — and will play a huge role down the stretch for the preseason CAA favorites, who defeated UD in the team’s league opener two weeks ago. Angel was coming off back-to-back ROTW selections and has a chance to bid well versus Cha for many years to come.
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