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#5 Jenna Taylor
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Midlothian, Va.
High School: James River
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Taylor Photos

As a senior:

  • Second Team NFHCA All-South Region selection
  • First Team All-CAA
  • Appeared in and started all 19 games for the Dukes
  • Second on the team and tied for fifth in the CAA in assists with 8
  • Recorded a career-high in assists (3) and tied a career-high in points (3) against Delaware.
  • Preseason All-CAA selection
  • NFHCA Division I Senior Game selection
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award Recipient


As a junior:

  • First Team All-CAA
  • CAA Championships All-Tournament Team
  • VaSID Second Team All-State selection
  • Preseason All-CAA Team
  • Posted her first goal of the season in JMU's 4-1 win over Appalachian State
  • Earned career-high three points against William & Mary
  • Played and started in 19 games of the season
  • Recorded a career-high of three shots in a home matchup against VCU
  • Scored the game-winning goal in 2-1 double overtime win against VCU
  • Represented JMU at the Junior National Championships
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2011
  • JMU Dean's List Spring 2012
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

 As a sophomore:

  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2010
  • Appeared in and started all 19 games for the Dukes
  • Recorded four assists and five shots
  • Picked up her first career point with an assist against Kent State
  • Career-high two assists in JMU's 7-1 win over Delaware
  • One assists and one shot in an 8-0 win over Hofstra
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad

As a freshman: 

  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • Made season debut in 3-1 loss to Wake Forest
  • Made first start in 3-2 win over American
  • Recorded first shot in 2-1 win over Towson
  • Made first playoff start in 2-1 loss to Delaware in the CAA Tournament semifinal
  • Started 12 games and appeared in six others
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad

Before JMU:

  • Played for Slade Gormus and the James River Rapids
  • Two-year captain, four-year letterwinner
  • Rapids were four-time Dominion District champions
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • Penn Monto/NFHCA All-South Region
  • First Team All-State
  • Two time First Team All-Central Region
  • Central Region Player of the Year
  • Two time First Team All-Metro
  • First Team All-Dominion District and All-Academic
  • Dominion District Player of the Year
  • First Team Dominion District and Player of the Year
  • Two-year Futures Elite
  • Two-year participant in both National Futures Tournament and National Indoor Tournament
  • Four-time participant in the Virginia Commonwealth Games, earning Silver Medal in 2008 National Hockey Festival Gold Medal in 2006 with Great Falls Mavericks
  • Also played four years of varsity scholastic soccer
  • Second Team All-District as a sophomore in soccer
  • Distinguished Honor Roll, 2007 Junior Marshall (top 5%), Student Council, Beta Club, National Honor Society


  • Daughter of Kelly and Dwayne Taylor
  • Sister, Shannon Taylor, played field hockey at both Richmond and Syracuse and was a member of the 2012 USA Olympic team in London
  • Enjoys scary movies, watching and playing other sports, and hanging out with friends


2010 19 0 4 4 5 .000 2 .400 0 0-0 0
2011 19 3 4 10 12 .250 8 .667 1 0-0 0
2012 19 0 8 8 10 .000 3 .300 0 0-0 0
TOTAL 57 3 16 22 27 .111 13 .481 1 0-0 0

Getting to know Jenna...

Why did you choose JMU?
I chose JMU because I fell in love with the campus and the team and coaches were great

What are your goals for the 2010 season?
I look forward to using my experience from last season to improve on the field and in the weight room

What is your major/minor and why did you choose it?
I am undecided in my major

What is your favorite JMU field hockey moment?
So far, it has just been getting to train everyday with my awesome teammates

What is the best class you have taken at JMU?
I really enjoyed my Psychology class that I took as a general education class last semester 

Where is your favorite place you have visited and where would you like to visit?
My favorite place that I have visited would have to be Palm Springs, California, and I would love to visit Australia

What is something that most people do not know about you?
Most people don't know that I like to rank my pillows from best to worst

What do you want to do after college?
After college, I would either like to continue playing field hockey at the next level or get a good job

What is your most prized possession?
My "dream" necklace that I wear every day

Where is your favorite place to eat on campus at JMU?

Do you have any unique talents?
I can wiggle my eyes

What is the best advice you have received?
Give your all so you never come off the field saying "I wish I would have..."

What advice would you give a prospective recruit?
Choose a school based not only on just the team and coaches, but the actual school itself

What is your dream job?
Anything around sports

What is your favorite JMU sport to watch besides field hockey?

What do you like about Harrisonburg?
The college atmosphere

What is your lucky number?

Who or what is your favorite...
Food?  Grilled Cheese
TV Show?  Friends
  Remember the Titans
Book?  the "Twilight" series
Athlete?  My sisters, Shannon and Ellie