HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 19, 2012 – Redshirt junior forward Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) combined for three goals on penalty corners to lead the James Madison field hockey team to a 3-0 win over William & Mary at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Friday evening.
JMU won its second straight in Colonial Athletic Association play to improve to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in league play. W&M lost its second straight to fall to 10-6 on the season and 3-3 in the CAA.
“We knew we could put it together like this,” head field hockey coach Antoinette Lucas said. “I’m just so excited for the kids. I’m really excited for Courtney Versfeld. She’s been a fighter all year for us and she was awesome. Everyone did a nice job for us tonight.”
Versfeld led the Dukes with two goals on three shots while West added a goal on three shots on net. Sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) had two assists to give her a team-best seven on the season. Senior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River), junior back Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and freshman back Loes Stijntjes (België, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) each added an assist on the night.
Three different players had two shots each for the Tribe with midfielder Leah Zamesnik and defensive back Christine Johnson each firing two shots on goal. Midfielder Taylor Hodge was the third player with two shots, but just on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made seven saves to record her fifth shutout of the season. The rookie net minder has limited opponents to just two goals over the last five games. She improved to 9-6 with the win. Allaband added her first career defensive save to help preserve the shutout.
Elizabeth Frey played the first 27:44 in goal for W&M. She allowed two goals and made five saves to drop to 6-5 on the season. Catherine Johnson subbed in for her late in the first half. Johnson stopped two shots and allowed one goal in 42:16 of action.
JMU outshot William & Mary 16-11 for the game and had a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners. The Dukes led in saves, 8-7.
The two teams were held scoreless for nearly the first 20 minutes of action before Versfeld struck for the game-winner on a penalty corner. Taylor inserted the ball to Allaband at the top of the scoring area. She stopped the ball and Versfeld fired a low hard shot that hit off the goalie and into the back of the net for the redshirt junior’s first goal of the season.
Five minutes, 11 seconds later, the Dukes struck on another penalty corner. The penalty was set up by Versfeld who stole the ball in the midfield and jump started a JMU fast break. The break was broken up when a Tribe defender collided with Versfeld in the scoring area, but the referee awarded the Dukes a corner. This time it was Stijntjes finding an open West who blasted the ball into the net for her sixth goal of the campaign.
Madison put the game away with its third penalty corner goal in the 59th minute. Goldstein initiated the play with a pass to Allaband who set it up for Versfeld. The native of Zimbabwe found the corner of the net for her second goal of the season and the sixth of her career.
JMU returns to action on Sunday as it hosts No. 9 Old Dominion at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 1 p.m.
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