RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 1, 2011 – James Madison field hockey senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) was selected to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game while also being named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Tuesday.
“It’s a significant honor to be selected to play in the senior game when you look at the number of nominees and how few people get selected,” Head Field Hockey Coach Antoinette Lucas said. “Margo has continued to get better each season and this is a big accomplishment for her.”
In two seasons as JMU’s primary goaltender, Savage has compiled a 16-14 record with seven shutouts. She has made 166 saves for a .751 save percentage while adding a 1.75 goals against average. She ranks eighth in school history in goals against average and 10th in save percentage.
Savage is one of eight players from the CAA to be selected for the Senior Game that will be played on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the University of Louisville. The players will be divided into two teams and will square off against each other as well as the U.S Women’s National Team over four, 25-minute sessions.
Last Friday, Savage made seven saves in Madison’s 1-0 win against Delaware to record her third shutout of the season. It was her seventh career shutout and improved her season record to 7-8 overall.
Savage is the second JMU player this season to earn conference others, joining freshman Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) who was named the Rookie of the Week on Sept. 27. She is the first Duke to win Player of the Week honors since Dolores de Rooij (2007-10) during the final week of the 2010 regular season.
Joining Savage in the CAA weekly honors was Towson freshman goalkeeper Christina Siwiec who was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.
Last Friday’s win helped JMU clinch a berth in the 2011 CAA Championships scheduled to be played this weekend in Norfolk, Va. The Dukes clinched the tournament’s fourth seed and are set to square off with #5 Delaware on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
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