HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 9, 2012 – Redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) scored two goals and added two assists for a career-high six points to lead the James Madison field hockey team to a 4-0 shutout of Radford at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Tuesday evening.
JMU won its 21st straight in the series against RU and its second consecutive game this season to improve to 8-4 overall. Radford fell to 1-11 with the loss.
“Looking at the shots it was 18-1 and corners were 8-0 and we got the win, but we weren’t very sharp today coming off a long rest,” head coach Antoinette Lucas said. “We picked it up in the second half and got the result we wanted.”
Wein scored her two goals on three shots. She now leads the team with six goals and 15 points on the season. Sophomore forward Rachel Palumbo (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) and freshman forward Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate) added a goal each while senior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) had one assist each. West had a game-high five shots, including three on goal. Palumbo contributed four shots, with two reaching goal, and redshirt junior forward Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) fired two shots on goal.
Forward Katelyn Adkins had the only shot to pace the Highlanders offensively.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) earned the win in net for the Dukes. She improved to 8-4 by recording her fourth shutout of the season. It is the first time a JMU goalie has had back-to-back shutouts since Margo Savage (2008-11) did it in the opening two games of the 2010 season.
Sidney Encarnacion took the loss in net for RU, dropping to 1-11 on the season. She made six saves and allowed four goals in 61 minutes, five seconds in goal. Jillian Lates subbed in to play the final 8 minutes, 55 seconds. She made one save.
The Dukes outshot the Highlanders 18-1 and held an 8-0 advantage in penalty corners. RU made seven saves to zero for JMU.
After battling to a scoreless tie in the first half, Madison grabbed the lead on a penalty corner 5 minutes, 27 seconds into the second session. West’s initial shot was blocked, but the rebound found its way to Taylor who sent a pass across the goal that was knocked in by Wein.
Two minutes, 27 seconds later, Palumbo tallied to make it 2-0. Wein had the ball on the right baseline and sent a centering pass. Palumbo outhustled the defense to the front of the net and knocked it home for her second goal of the year.
Just over 15 minutes later, Wein scored her second goal of the game, again on a penalty corner. West fired a shot from the top of the scoring area that was redirected into the net by Wein for her sixth goal of the year and the 10th of her career.
Wilson wrapped up the days scoring two minutes later with her second goal of the season. Wein received a pass just outside the scoring area and knocked the ball towards the goal. Wilson outraced Encarnacion to the ball and chopped the ball into the corner of the net.
JMU returns to play on Friday evening as it hosts Duke at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 7 p.m. That night is also JMU’s Stick It to Cancer game and will feature a Silent Auction to raise money for the event.
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