Women's lacrosse fell 16-15 to the James Madison Dukes in the national championship game Sunday afternoon, falling one win short of the national title for the second year in a row.
James Madison's nation-leading zone defense shut the Eagles down early and effectively, stumping a Boston College offense that boasts Sam Apuzzo, the nation's leading scorer.
The Eagles clawed back from a 4-1 deficit early in the game, taking a 5-4 lead after a four goal run in the first half. Lauren Daly stayed solid in the goal to stave off the Dukes as they traded goals, heading into halftime tied at 8.
BC went up strong in the second half, mounting a 10-8 lead before James Madison woke up on defense and surged out to a 14-11 comeback. Redshirt freshman Mary Doughtery dominated in goal, shutting down BC's offensive advances, led by Sam Apuzzo and Tess Chandler. Chandler led the Eagles in scoring with four goals, with Apuzzo behind her with a hat trick to finish the season with 88 total goals, the most in the nation.
The Eagles attempted to come back from their late three-goal deficit with goals from Apuzzo and Taylor Walker to bring them within one goal of James Madison with four minutes left to play.
The Dukes responded in kind to pull away for the end of the game with a Kristen Gaudian goal and the fourth score from senior captain Haley Warden. James Madison scored directly after each Boston College goal with the exception of their 4-0 run in the first and the Eagles' early 10-8 lead at the start of the second.
This title is James Madison's first in program history, and the Dukes join the just eleven other teams who own women's lacrosse championships.
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