HARRISONBURG — It’s been a busy start to the summer for James Madison lacrosse alumni as former Dukes have popped up in prominent spots across the women’s game over the past couple of weeks.
Hanna Haven, who finished her JMU career last month sixth in school history with 218 career points, participated in the Division I IWLCA senior all-star games, earning MVP honors after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
Haven’s classmate, Caroline Sdanowich, also kept her lacrosse career going following here recent JMU graduation by becoming one of five Dukes on rosters in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League, which began its second season this month. Sdanowich is a rookie defender on the Brave, playing with former Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and national Player of the Year finalist Kristen Gaudian at attack.
Gaudian is one of four Dukes in the league who were seniors on JMU’s 2018 NCAA championship team. Midfielder Haley Warden, Most Outstanding Player of the 2018 title run, plays for the Pride, along with fellow second-year middle Elena Romesburg and former JMU attacker Katie Kerrigan.
The WPLL plays a barnstorming-style schedule with a stop in Richmond the weekend of June 14-15 at the River City Sports Complex.
Another former JMU player is returning to the CAA, this time as the head coach at Delaware. Amy Altig takes over the Blue Hens program after nine years as an assistant at Penn State.
“In addition to bringing a wealth of experience as a player and coach at the highest levels, we are most excited about the growth and development that she will deliver to our program and student-athletes,” Delaware associate athletic director Bob Lopez said in a statement released upon Altig’s hiring last week. “Coach Altig is a relentless recruiter and her desire to win is only outdone by her desire to provide our student-athletes with an exceptional experience.”
Altig, a former goalie for the Dukes, ranks seventh in school history with 452 career saves from 2002-05.
Pro Softball Time
Lacrosse players aren’t the only JMU women getting into the pro sports action following the school year as the National Pro Fastpitch season is getting underway. Recently graduated Dukes standout Megan Good, the four-time CAA Pitcher of the Year, was the league’s 10th overall draft pick, going to the USSSA Pride based out of Florida.
Once Good reports to the Pride, she’ll rejoin another former JMU standout, Jailyn Ford, who went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA for the Pride last season.
Tennis Roster Boosted
JMU’s men’s tennis team, which finished 17-8 last season, picked up an intriguing addition to the roster with the transfer of VCU No. 1 singles player Stefan Petrovic.
Petrovic went 4-3 at No. 1 for the Rams and played in just two doubles matches with VCU winning both. In his lone contest against CAA competition, Petrovic beat Drexel’s Alvaro Cruz Chamorro in straight sets.
“Our goal each year is to be better than the previous year,” JMU coach Steve Secord said. “Stefan will help us do that in both singles and doubles.”