HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 21, 2013 – Six Dukes scored en route to James Madison field hockey’s 7-0 win over Appalachian State at home on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
JMU improved to 4-0 at home this season and 5-3 overall. Appalachian State fell to 2-4 on the year.
Senior Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) earned her first shutout of the year, making one save. Sarah Anderson took the loss, allowing seven goals and making 13 saves. The Dukes’ defense allowed the Mountaineers to take just three shots in the game, and the lone second-half shot came on a penalty stroke at the 56:28 mark.
Junior Bethany Ashworth (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and sophomore Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate) each tallied their first goals of the year in Saturday’s win. Ashworth’s goal came off a deflection from junior Taylor Bailey (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) in the 45th minute of the game while Wilson’s came in the 48th minute of the game off a long pass from redshirt sophomore Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke).
West scored her ninth and 10th goals of the season in the win. Her first goal of the day came off a penalty stroke at the 26:28 mark, and her second came at the 61:13 mark following a penalty corner. She now has 10 goals through eight games, compared to seven in all of 2012, and accounts for 23 of JMU’s 76 points. Last year’s top goal scorer, Rachel Wein, had nine throughout the course of the season.
West also notched an assist on the day after passing the ball to freshman Rosalie Becker (Weesp, Netherlands/Goois Lyceum) in the fifth minute of the game to put the Dukes’ first mark on the scoreboard.
Sophomore Adrienne le Vatte (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Alexander Road) and freshman Robin De Bruyne (Brussels, Belgium/Collège Saint-Michel) each posted solo goals on the day. le Vatte took the ball in to score in the 41st minute to put JMU up 3-0 while De Bruyne was able to take the open shot in the 64th minute to give the Dukes their final score of the day.
JMU begins its second four-game road-swing of the season this Wednesday, September 25, when the Dukes travel to No. 4 Virginia. They will take on the Cavaliers in a 6 p.m. game at University Hall Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.