HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 13, 2012 – Winners of two straight, the James Madison field hockey team looks to build on its recent success with a pair of games this weekend. Friday, JMU hosts in-state rival Longwood at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 7 p.m. before traveling to College Park, Md., on Sunday for a neutral site game against 18th-ranked Boston College. Game time in College Park is set for 1 p.m.
Last weekend, JMU head coach Antoinette Lucas recorded her 100th career win in a 1-0 shutout of Davidson. Lucas became the third coach in program history to reach the century mark, joining Christy Morgan (133) and Dee McDonough (127). In her nine-year stint at Madison, Lucas is 100-70 for a .588 winning percentage.
In the win over the Wildcats, freshman back Loes Stijntjes (België, Belgium/Heilig-Hartcollege) scored her first career goal to lead JMU to the win. Senior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) and sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) each assisted on the goal. Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made four saves to record her first shutout.
This season, Wimmert is 3-2 with a 1.15 goals against average and a .818 save percentage. Through three weekends of play, she ranks eighth in the nation in goals against average and ninth in save percentage. The Dukes as a team rank 11th in the country in goals against average and 10th in save percentage.
Six different players have scored a goal for Madison this season, including three players registering their first career goals. Joining Stijntjes as first-time goal scorers are freshman forward Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate) and sophomore forward Rachel Palumbo (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) while redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville), sophomore forward Bethany Ashworth (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) have also added goals. Wein is the team’s leading scorer with two goals and five points.
Sunday’s neutral-site game against Boston College begins a challenging stretch of games for the Dukes. JMU plays three of its next four games against ranked teams and six of its next 10. Included in that stretch is a road game against #15 Drexel and home games against #7 Northeastern, #17 Duke, #25 Richmond and #8 Old Dominion. JMU is 1-0 this season against ranked opponents, defeating #25 American at home on Sept. 2.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The Lancers come into Friday’s game with a 1-6 record after splitting a pair of games in Oxford, Ohio a week ago. LU dropped a 6-4 decision to Miami (OH) in the weekend opener before rebounding with a 6-1 win over Ball State on Sunday. The team is 0-2 in true road games and 1-3 overall away from Farmville, Va.
Sophomore Jessica Diaz is the team’s leading scorer with five goals and 12 points. She has scored her five goals on just 11 shots, including seven shots on goal. Junior Stacey de Grandhomme is second on the team with four goals and 10 points. She is tied with Diaz and freshman Jennifer Burris for the team lead in assists with two.
Freshman Meg Mitchell has started five of the seven games in net for the Lancers. She is 1-4 with a 3.20 goals against average and a .673 save percentage. Senior Amy Lewis is 0-2 with a 3.61 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.
Iain Byers is in his fifth season as the Longwood head coach. He owns a 42-51 record with the team.
#18 Boston College
The Eagles own a 4-2 record overall after splitting a pair of games with local rivals last weekend. B.C. started the weekend with a 2-1 loss at home to Boston University on Friday before rebounding for a 3-0 win over Harvard on Sunday. This season, the Eagles are outscoring their opponents 12-5 and have allowed just 0.85 goals per game.
Junior Muma Virgynia is the team’s leading scorer with three goals and six points. The only other multiple goal scorer on the team is Emma Plasteras with two. She is tied for second on the team in points with junior Nicole Schuster with four. Schuster has a goal and two assists. She is tied with senior Jacqui Moorfield for the team lead in assists.
Freshman goalkeeper Leah Settipane has played all 413 minutes, 12 seconds in goal for the Eagles. She is 4-2 with a 0.85 goals against average. She has stopped 24 of the 29 shots she’s faced for a .828 save percentage.
Ainslee Lamb is in her 7th season as the head coach at Boston College. She is 90-53 with the Eagles and owns a 131-100 career record in 13 seasons.
JMU has played this weekend’s opponents 29 times, including 21 meetings with LU and eight with B.C. The Dukes are 23-5-1 in those meetings with an 18-3-0 record against the Lancers and a 5-2-1 mark against the Eagles. Madison is 11-2 all-time at home against Longwood and 3-0 in neutral site meetings with Boston College.
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