HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 1, 2013 – The James Madison field hockey squad picked up an 8-1 victory over Ball State on Sunday afternoon behind goals from seven different Dukes, including a two-goal effort from redshirt sophomore Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
The Dukes improved to 2-0 this season while the Cardinals fell to 0-1.
West dropped in her fourth goal of the year a little more than four minutes into the game as she scored off a penalty corner. Her second goal of the day, fifth of the season, came 24 minutes later when she converted a penalty stroke for JMU.
JMU took 11 penalty corners in Sunday’s game, scoring after three, while Ball State only took three and did not convert any scoring opportunities.
Sophomore Loes Stijntjes (Steenokkerzeel, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) and junior Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) each scored their first goals of the season following a corner. Stijntjes scored JMU’s sixth goal of the day coming off the stick of sophomore Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin, Germany/Gustav-Heinemann-Cherschule) while Allaband struck for the Dukes’ final goal with less than a minute to play. Chelmowski started the second-half scoring following up on a rebound at the 44-minute mark.
Ball State found net just once in the game, as a long shot from Lexi Kavanaugh bounced off the pads of senior goalkeeper Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) and rolled into the net. Tarafas earned her first win of the year as she committed two saves. Shelby Henley took the loss (0-1) as she allowed eight goals and saved 14 shots.
At the 12:26 mark of the game, sophomore Kristen Reitano (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) notched her first collegiate goal off a pass from senior Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick). Goldstein knocked in a goal of her own 45 minutes later following two saves by Henley.
Redshirt senior Sam Smiertka (Townsend, Del./St. Thomas More) tallied her first goal of the season seventeen minutes into the game after she corralled a loose ball near the goal. She also made a defensive save to preserve a 4-0 lead for the Dukes heading into half time.
JMU begins a four-game road swing Friday, Sept. 6 at American University. The Dukes take on the Eagles at 3 p.m. at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C.