HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 9, 2012 – After splitting a pair of games at home last weekend, the James Madison field hockey team continues its four-game homestand this Sunday as it hosts Davidson at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats will be available through JMUSports.com as will a live video broadcast on MadiZONE.
The Dukes come into the weekend with a 2-2 overall record. Last weekend they dropped their home opener to Lafayette 2-1 before rebounding with a 2-1 overtime win over 25th-ranked American. Against the Eagles, sophomore forward Rachel Palumbo (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) tipped home a pass from senior Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) with just 38 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to clinch the victory. It was the first goal of Palumbo’s career and came less than a minute after Madison had finished fighting off a five-minute, player-down situation following a yellow card.
Also scoring her first career goal last weekend for the Dukes was freshman forward Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate). The team’s third goal of the weekend came from redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville), who now leads the team in goals (two) and points (five).
Redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) assisted on two of JMU’s three goals and now has a point in three of four games. In seven career games for Madison, West is averaging 2.43 points per game and has notched at least one point in six of those games.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) stopped 15 of the 18 shots she faced last weekend to run her record to 2-2 this season. The rookie has played just over 294 minutes in net this season and owns a 1.43 goals against average and a .793 save percentage.
Head Coach Antoinette Lucas heads into the game against Davidson with 99 career wins. With a win over the Wildcats she’ll become the third coach in school history to reach the century mark in wins. The ninth-year coach trails only Christy Morgan (133) and Dee McDonough (127) on the all-time wins list. In 169 games coached, Lucas has posted a .563 win percentage and led the Dukes to three of their four Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
The Wildcats carry a 2-2 record into this weekend’s game after splitting a pair of games in Louisville, Ky., last weekend. Davidson fell 3-2 to No. 23 Louisville on Saturday, but rebounded with a 4-1 win over Ball State on Sunday.
Davidson is averaging 2.75 goals per game and 14.5 shots per game. They have outscored their opponents 7-1 in the second half of games and hold a 29-24 edge in penalty corners taken. Senior forward Finley Amato leads the team with four goals on 25 shots, including one game-winning goal. Freshman midfielder Melissa Funsten leads the team in points with nine, contributing three goals and three assists while starting all four games this season.
In goal, senior Sarah Fisher has started all four games. She is 2-2 with a 2.96 goals against average. Fisher has stopped 15 of the 24 shots she faced for a .625 save percentage.
Ginny Turner is in her fifth season as the head coach for the Wildcats. She is 41-46 overall, including leading the team to its first outright NorPac East division title in 2011. For her effort she was voted the 2011 NorPac Coach of the Year.
The Dukes and Wildcats played each other three times dating back to 1980, but have not squared off against each other since 1992. JMU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 4-0 win in the only game played in Harrisonburg.
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