HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 11, 2012 – Winners of two straight and three of four overall, the James Madison field hockey team continues its school-record seven-game homestand on Friday night by welcoming Duke to the JMU Field Hockey Complex for a 7 p.m. game.
Friday’s game is also JMU’s annual “Stick It to Cancer” event. The team will be wearing pink accents to help raise awareness for breast cancer. There will also be a silent auction running during the game and participants can bid on items such as passes to Massanutten, an opportunity to run onto the field with the JMU football team during its game against Old Dominion on Nov. 17, a variety of signed gear by the JMU field hockey team and an Olympic field hockey jersey signed by head coach Antoinette Lucas. The auction runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and winners must pay that evening. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted as forms of payment.
JMU is coming of a 4-0 win over Radford on Tuesday. It is the first game this season JMU has played that was not decided by one goal. Redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) paced the team to the victory with two goals and two assists for a career-high six points. Sophomore forward Rachel Palumbo (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) and freshman forward Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate) each added their second goal of the season while senior Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) each had an assist.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) did not need to make a save in recording her fourth shutout of the season. She improved to 8-4 on the season and lowered her goals against average to a CAA-best 1.11. The rookie has stopped 58 of 72 shots for a .806 save percentage.
As a team, JMU ranks fourth in the country in goals against average and fifth in save percentage.
Friday night’s game marks a stretch of games against tough competition as three of the next four games are against ranked foes. Duke is the lone unranked opponent, but the Blue Devils were ranked as high as No. 5 earlier in the season in the 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. No. 17 Richmond comes to Harrisonburg on Tuesday while No. 21 William & Mary and No. 8 Old Dominion visit the Dukes next weekend.
The Blue Devils are 5-8 on the season, having lost last weekend at defending national champion and fifth-ranked Maryland. They have lost four of their last six games with all of the losses coming against ranked foes.
Midfielder/forward Emmie Le Marchand leads the team in goals (nine), assists (four) and points (22). Two of her nine goals have been game-winning goals and she has a team-high 44 shots. Midfielder Devon Gagliardi is second on the team with six goals and 16 points. She is tied with Le Marchand and midfielder Chelsea Amsley for the team-high in assists with four. Duke is averaging 2.77 goals per game with 36 goals in 13 games with 31 assists and 103 shots.
Goalkeepers Lauren Blazing and Ashley Camano have split duties in net for Duke. Blazing is 3-5 with a 2.14 goals against average in 555:36 minutes played. She has a .605 save percentage. Camano is 2-3 with a 3.31 goals against average and a .550 save percentage in seven games played in 380:34 minutes.
Pam Bustin is in her second season as the head coach at Duke. She owns a 19-16 overall record with the team and a 183-143 record in 16 seasons overall as a head coach.
JMU and Duke have played each other 26 times dating back to 1984. Duke leads the all-time series 14-11-1, including wins in seven of the last eight meetings. Last season, Madison traveled to Durham, N.C., and dropped a 9-1 decision to Duke. The Dukes lead the all-time series 6-5-1 in games played in Harrisonburg.
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