HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 9, 2012 – Freshman back Loes Stijntjes (België, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) scored her first career goal and the James Madison defense recorded a shutout as Head Coach Antoinette Lucas earned her 100th career win in a 1-0 win over Davidson at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Sunday.
The Dukes won their second straight game to improve to 3-2 on the season while the Wildcats fell to 2-3.
“We just need to build on the confidence that this win brings us,” Lucas said. “We did some very nice things today and there are some things that we want to grow from. I give Davidson a lot of credit. They moved the ball well and really challenged us with our thinking. We are really excited about the win. We just want to move forward to next week and just keep getting better and better.”
Lucas became the third coach in program history to reach the century mark in wins, joining Christy Morgan and Dee McDonough. She owns a 100-70 career record for a .588 win percentage.
Stijntjes scored the game’s only goal to record her first tally of her young career. Sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) and senior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) each picked up assists. It was the second helper of the year for both players.
Stijntjes was one of five players to record multiple shots for JMU. She finished with two while redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) had a team-high five shots. Sophomore forward Bethany Ashworth (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and freshman midfielder Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin, Germany/Gustav-Heinemann-Cherschule) finished with four shots and three shots, respectively. Taylor directed two targets at net.
Davidson forward Finley Amato recorded six of the 12 shots for the Wildcats, but just one of them was on goal. Six other players finished with one shot each.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) recorded her first career shutout in net for JMU to earn the win. She improved to 3-2 on the season, stopping all four shots on net that she faced.
Sarah Fisher allowed on goal on eight shots on net in the loss. She made seven saves, but took the loss to drop to 2-3.
Madison’s goal came exactly 16 minutes into the game on a penalty corner. Taylor sent a pass into Allaband who set it up for a Stijntjes blast from the edge of the scoring area. The shot hopped up over the sprawled Fisher and into the net for the goal.
Davidson had a chance to tie the game with a penalty corner in the final minute, but the JMU defense held to preserve the shutout.
The Dukes outshot the Wildcats 19-12, including eight on goal to just four for Davidson. The Wildcats finished with six corners to four for Madison.
JMU returns to the field next Friday evening as it closes its four-game homestand with a game against Longwood at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
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