HARRISONBURG, Va., August 30, 2013 – Redshirt-sophomore forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) led a potent James Madison field hockey offense with three goals as the Dukes downed Kent State 5-1 in the 2013 season and home opener.
JMU has now won nine of its last 10 season openers.
West tallied her first goal of the night off a second-shot attempt less than nine minutes into the first half, capitalizing on Jahna Jordan after the goalie stopped the first shot. Six minutes later, West notched her second goal off an assist by freshman Robin De Bruyne (Brussels, Belgium/Collège Saint-Michel). She completed the hat trick when she converted a penalty stroke against Kent State, the fifth and final goal for the Dukes, with just over 16 minutes to play.
Kent State’s lone goal came courtesy of Julia Hofmann at the 9:27 into the second half as she picked up the pass from Jenna Mchale following a penalty corner.
De Bruyne scored her first career goal off the assist from junior forward Taylor Bailey (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford). Bailey started the high-scoring affair for the Dukes when she sent a pass from freshman Rosalie Becker (Weesp, Netherlands/Goois Lyceum) into the net just over three minutes into the game.
The Dukes outshot the Golden Flashes 20-12, including a 12-6 split in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) picked up her first win of 2013 after she posted five saves and gave up just one goal. Jordan took the loss in-net for the Golden Flashes as she made six saves and allowed five goals. Both played all 70 minutes of the game.
Redshirt-senior back Sam Smiertka (Townsend, Del./St. Thomas More) made a defensive save early into the second half when she stopped Missy Ramsey’s shot-attempt from seeing the net.
The Dukes return to the JMU Field Hockey Stadium this Sunday afternoon (Sept. 1) as the Dukes host the Ball State Cardinals at 1:30 p.m.