HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 27, 2012 – After opening Colonial Athletic Association play last weekend with a pair of road games, the James Madison field hockey team opens up a seven-game homestand this weekend against ninth-ranked Northeastern and Hofstra. JMU welcomes in NU to the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 7 p.m. on Friday night before hosting Hofstra at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Last weekend, the Dukes split a pair of one-goal decisions against No. 23 Drexel and Towson. JMU ceded two late goals to fall to Drexel, 2-1, but rebounded with a 1-0 shutout of Towson on Sunday.
Redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) scored the game-winning goal in the win over the Tigers. She beat TU keeper Tashani Dickson on a penalty stroke for her fourth goal of the year. Three of West’s four goals this season have been game-winning goals, tying her for second in the CAA in that category. She also ranks tied for third in shots per game (3.56) and tied for 10th in points per game (1.11).
West now ranks tied first amongst active players in career scoring. She is tied with senior midfielder Auburn Weisensale (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) with 10 goals each.
Other offensive contributors for JMU last week were freshman midfielder Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin, Germany/Gustav-Heinemann-Cherschule) and sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun). Chelmowski scored her first career goal in the first half against Drexel with an assist for Allaband. It was Allaband’s team-leading fourth assist of the season, tying her for third in the conference.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made two saves to record her second career shutout. She is the first rookie goalkeeper to record multiple shutouts for Madison since Kelsey Cutchins (2006-09) had four in 2006. This season she ranks second in the conference in goals against average (1.15), second in save percentage (.804), tied for third in shutouts (two) and tied for fifth in saves (45).
All nine of JMU’s games this season have been decided by one goal. Three of the games have gone into overtime, with the Dukes sporting a 3-0 record in extra time. They are also 2-1 this season against ranked opponents, beating No. 25 American and No. 18 Boston College while falling to No. 23 Drexel.
The upcoming seven-game stretch is the longest homestand in school history. Previously, the longest string of consecutive home games was six in 1977 with several five-game home stands. This season, the Dukes are 3-1 at home, but have yet to play a conference game in Harrisonburg.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The Huskies come into the weekend ranked ninth in the country in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll after splitting a pair of home games during the opening week of CAA play. They downed No. 20 William & Mary 3-2 on Friday before falling to then ninth-ranked Old Dominion 2-1. NU is 4-1 in true road games and 6-1 in games away from home, including a 2-0 mark in neutral site meetings. Overall all the team is 7-2 and 1-1 in the CAA.
Offensively, Northeastern is paced by All-American forward Crystal Poland. She leads the team in goals with 14 and points with 31. The senior has scored or assisted for 68 percent of the team’s goals, including scoring 56 percent of them. Dierdre Duke has added five goals and 11 points while Nicky Graham has a team-best four assists.
Lizzie Priest has started all nine games in goal for the Huskies. She is 7-2 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .730 save percentage. She has faced 63 shots on goal, stopping 46 of them.
Cheryl Murtagh is in her 25th season as the head coach at Northeastern and her 27th season as a head coach overall. She is 340-184-10 with the Huskies and 357-199-13 overall.
The Pride is 5-5 on the season after losing to both Old Dominion and William & Mary at home last weekend. HU is 2-2 in road games heading into Friday night’s meeting with VCU in Richmond.
Sophomore forward Jonel Boileau is the team’s top offensive threat, scoring eight goals and two assists for 18 points. Two of her eight goals have been game-winning goals and she is second on the team in shots with 35. Forward Micaela Gallaher is second on the team with five goals and 12 points while defender Krizia Layne leads the team with three assists.
Kaitlyn De Turo has played every minute in net for the Pride. She is 5-5 with two shutouts and a 2.10 goals against average. She has made 71 saves on 92 shots on goal for a .772 save percentage.
Kathy De Angelis is in her 15th season as the Hofstra head coach. She owns a 145-141 record in Hempstead and is 172-220-2 in 21 seasons as a head coach overall.
JMU and NU have played each other 13 times dating back to 1984. The Dukes own a 9-4 lead in the series, including a 3-2 record in games played in Harrisonburg. Northeastern won the most recent meeting between the teams, a 2-1 overtime victory in Boston in 2011.
The Dukes are 7-4 all-time against Hofstra, including winning four of the last five in the series. Hofstra won last year’s meeting 4-1 in Hempstead, N.Y. The Dukes are 2-2 at home versus the Pride, including winning the last two in the series.
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