February 8, 2011

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NCAA Preview: No. 9 James Madison

by Clare Lochary | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

The February issue of Lacrosse Magazine features an extensive NCAA lacrosse preview, from Division I through Division III, plus in-depth features on the top-ranked Syracuse men and the snake-bitten Cal women. Lacrosse Magazine Online (laxmagazine.com) examines the key players, strengths, weaknesses, best- and worst-case scenarios, sleepers, what's new, what's not and rival coaches' takes on each of the top 10-ranked teams in Division I men's and women's lacrosse.

MEN: 10 COR | 9 HOF | 8 DUKE | 7 UND | 6 PTON | 5 MD | 4 SB | 3 UNC | 2 UVA | 1 CUSE
WOMEN: 10 UND | 9 JMU | 8 PENN | 7 UVA | 6 GTOWN | 5 CUSE | 4 DUKE | 3 UNC | 2 NW | 1 MD

NO. 9 JAMES MADISON

James Madison senior attacker Mary Kate Lomady "just gets after it," says JMU coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe.

© JMU

Head Coach: Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe
Conference: CAA
2010 Records: 17-3, 7-0
2011 Opener: Monday, Feb. 23 at Virginia Tech | Schedule

KEY PLAYERS

A Casey Ancarrow (So.)
Last year’s CAA Rookie of the Year (31g, 22a) won’t be a surprise to anyone, but she’ll still be a huge offensive threat, especially with an increased willingness to go to goal at big moments.

D Diana Apel (Sr.)
The supremely confident senior (17 CT) is inspiring to teammates and intimidating to opponents.
A Mary Kate Lomady (Sr.)
The speedy senior can use her wheels to go to goal — she led the Dukes with 46 goals last season and boasted a .517 shooting percentage — or to ride a clear. Said Klaes-Bawcombe: “She’s a real hardnosed, blue-collar athlete that just gets after it.”

STRENGTHS

• Unselfish players who share ball, use field well
• Speed

WEAKNESSES

• Relies on settled offense; can't score in transition
• If you have two goalies, you have none. JMU has junior Alex Menghetti and sophomore Alisa Konishi.

BEST CASE

The Dukes act like they belong there against tough opponents like Maryland and Duke, stay consistent and healthy in the postseason, and reach their first final four since 2000.

WORST CASE

James Madison can’t deal the Kim-Griffin-shaped hole in its offense and strings together yet another good-but-not-great season.

SLEEPER

D Cally Chakrian (Jr.)
The team leader in draw controls was all-conference last year, but doesn’t get a lot of buzz on the national scene. Said Klaes-Bawcombe: “We at JMU know she’s our best player, but no one else knows who she is.”

RIVAL COACH'S TAKE

"Replacing Morgan Kelly is tough. But with Casey Ancarrow and Monica Zabel, the Dukes won't have trouble scoring."

WHAT'S NEW?

Defensive coordinator Katie Linnertz, who arrived at James Madison after three years at Boston University, will add some polish to the Dukes’ D.

WHAT'S NOT?

The out-of-conference schedule. The Dukes will play the exact same non-CAA opponents as last year — Virginia Tech, George Washington, Fairfield, Yale, Richmond, Princeton, Loyola, Virginia, and Maryland.

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Points scored by 2010 leading scorer Kim Griffin, whom the Dukes lost to graduation.


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