HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 1, 2012 – The third-seeded James Madison field hockey team heads to Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend to participate in the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Field Hockey Championship. JMU takes on sixth-seeded Hofstra at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.
The three-day event, held at Buckley Field on the campus of Drexel University, starts on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the quarterfinal matchup between fourth-seeded William & Mary and fifth-seeded Delaware. The semifinals are on Saturday, Nov. 3 with the championship scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Live stats for the entire schedule of games are available at the CAA Championship Central page or through DrexelDragons.com. The entire five-game schedule will be streamed live, with links to each game found on the Championship Central page.
JMU comes into the tournament with a 10-7 record overall and a 4-3 mark in CAA play. The Dukes defeated Delaware in overtime, 3-2, in the final game of the regular season. Senior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River), who was named to the All-CAA First Team on Wednesday, led the team with a career-high three assists. Sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) added a goal and an assist for a career-high three points while senior forward Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) had a goal each.
West’s goal was the overtime winner and her fifth game-winning goal of the season, ranking her second in the CAA in that category. She led the team in goals with seven and points with 17. The second-year Duke recorded a point in 10 games this season, and JMU went 9-1 in those games. In her 20 career games played, West has recorded a point in 13 of them, including 13 goals and four assists for 30 points.
Joining Taylor in collecting All-CAA recognitions were redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Va./Perryville), freshman back Loes Stijntjes (België, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) and freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium), all on the All-CAA Second Team. Stijntjes and Wimmert were also named to the All-Rookie team.
The Dukes went 3-2 against the other five teams in this weekend’s tournament. They won games against Delaware (3-2, OT), William & Mary (3-0) and Hofstra (1-0) while dropping decisions to Northeastern (3-2, OT) and Drexel (2-1). Northeastern was the only team to score more than two goals against the JMU defense this season.
Madison ranked sixth in the country in goals against average at 1.13 and was first in the nation in save percentage (.829). Their five shutouts ranked fifth in the country. Wimmert ranked in the top-five of the country’s goalkeepers in both goals against average and save percentage. She was third in save percentage (.821) and fifth in goals against average (1.13).
Allaband ranked 49th in the country in assists per game at 0.47.
The Pride earned a 2-1 win over Towson in its penultimate game of the season to earn the sixth and final spot in the conference championship. They come into the weekend with a 7-11 record overall and a 1-6 mark in league play. They have lost three of their last four games and went just 2-7 away from home this season, including a 0-2 mark in neutral site games.
Sophomore Jonel Boileau is the team’s top scorer, recording 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. She led the team with three game-winning goals and was second on the squad with 50 shots. Senior Micaela Gallagher led the team with 55 shots and five assists. She tailed only Boileau in goals (6) and points (17).
Junior Kaitlyn De Turo started all 18 games in goal for the Pride, going 7-11 with three shutouts. She allowed 43 goals and made 103 saves for a .715 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against average. Senior back Krizia Layne had the team’s only defensive save on the season.
Head coach Kathy De Angelis is in her 14th season at the helm for Hofstra. She has a 147-147 record with the team and is 174-225-3 in 21 seasons as a head coach overall.
JMU leads the all-time series with Hofstra 8-4, including wins in six of the last seven meetings. The Dukes won the teams’ meeting earlier this season, 1-0, in Harrisonburg. West tallied the team’s lone goal and Wimmert made seven saves to post the shutout.
Madison and Hofstra have met in the CAA tournament only one time. In 2006, JMU defeated the Pride 1-0 in Virginia Beach, Va., on its way to its first of three-straight CAA championships.
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