HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 15, 2012 – The James Madison field hockey team closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule on Tuesday as it hosts 17th-ranked Richmond at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 7 p.m.
The Dukes are 8-5 on the season after splitting a pair of non-conference games last week. On Tuesday, Madison shutout Radford, 4-0, before dropping a 1-0 decision to Duke on Friday.
Redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) paced the Dukes offense with two goals and two assists for a career-high six points in the win over the Highlanders. She leads the team with six goals and 15 points on the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) allowed just one goal and made 10 saves during the week to post a 0.50 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. She ranks seventh in the country with a 1.11 goals against average and fifth with a .819 save percentage.
As a team, JMU is fifth in the nation in goals against average (1.11) and fourth in save percentage (.826). The Dukes also rank 14th in shutouts (4) and 33rd in scoring margin (0.44).
This season, the Dukes are 6-3 against opponents from outside the Colonial Athletic Association and 2-2 against opponents ranked in the 2012 Penn Metro NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. Madison owns wins over No. 25 American and No. 18 Boston College while falling to No. 9 Northeastern and No. 23 Drexel.
The Spiders have won five straight games to improve to 10-4 on the season and climb to No. 17 in the national rankings. Last weekend, they earned road wins over conference foes VCU and St. Louis by a combined score of 9-1. They beat VCU 3-1 on Friday before heading to Missouri for a 6-0 win over St. Louis.
Midfielder Rebecca Barry leads the team with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. Five of her nine goals have been game-winning goals and she’s scored her nine goals on just 21 shots. Forward Taylor Deitrick is tied for the team lead in goals with nine while midfielder Chelsea Davies has contributed six goals and six assists for 18 points. Davies and freshman Amy Cooke are tied for the team lead in shots with 31.
Goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski has appeared in 10 games and started eight. She is 8-2 with three shutouts. The junior owns a 1.47 goals against average and a .674 save percentage. Kelly Wentling is 2-2 with a 1.56 goals against average and .632 save percentage in four games started.
Gina Lucido is in her sixth year as the head coach at Richmond. She owns a 66-54 career record and has led the Spiders to two Atlantic 10 Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Dukes and Spiders have squared off 42 times dating back to 1975. JMU leads the all-time series 37-4-1 and has won five straight in the series. Last season, JMU defeated Richmond 2-1 in penalty strokes in a game played in Charlottesville, Va. Madison is 16-1 in games played in Harrisonburg.
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