HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 8, 2012 – Coming off an eight-day layoff, the James Madison field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. match against in-state rival Radford at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
The Dukes last took the field on Sept. 30, as they shutout Hofstra, 1-0. Overall, they are 7-4 on the season and 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Madison is 4-2 at home this season and 1-1 on its current seven-game homestand.
JMU is one of the stingiest teams in the nation in 2012, allowing just 14 goals in 11 games for a 1.21 goals against average. The Dukes have a 1.21 goals against average, ranking fourth in the nation and rank fifth in the country in save percentage at .813. Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) ranks sixth in the country in goals against average (1.21) and save percentage (.806). She has stopped 58 of the 72 shots on goal she’s faced, ranking 38th in the nation with 5.27 saves per game.
Wimmert’s three shutouts this season is the most by a JMU freshman since Kelsey Cutchins (2006-09) had four in 2006.
Offensively, Madison is paced by redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Va./Pocomoke) with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Four of the five goals tallied by West this season have been game-winning goals. She also leads the team in shots with 33 and shots on goal with 17. Redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) has added four goals and nine points while sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) leads the team with five assists.
The Dukes have specialized in tight games this season, with all 11 of their games being decided by one goal. Madison is 3-1 in overtime contests and dating back to last season is 7-3 in games that went into extra time.
JMU is 2-0 against teams from the NorPac this season, earning wins over Longwood and Davidson. Madison shutout Davidson 1-0 on Sept. 9 for the 100th career win for head coach Antoinette Lucas. Five days later, it beat Longwood 3-2 in overtime at home on a game-winning goal by Allaband. It was Allaband’s first career goal.
The Highlanders carry a 1-10 record, including a 0-8 mark outside of conference play, into Tuesday’s match. They dropped a pair of road decisions over the weekend, losing 5-1 at Temple on Saturday before falling to Penn on Sunday by a score of 4-0. The lone RU win this season came at Appalachian State in double overtime.
Freshman Stacey Mackintosh is the team’s top offensive threat with four goals and nine points. She leads the team in shots with 19 and shots on goal with eight. Fellow rookie Jana Bayer is second on the team with three goals and six points while junior Alayna Versage and sophomore Ashton Cox are tied for the team lead in assists with two apiece.
Junior Sidney Encarnacion has started all 11 games in net for the Highlanders. She is 1-10 with a 3.32 goals against average. Encarnacion has stopped 95 shots and allowed 38 goals for a .714 save percentage.
Radford is coached by JMU alumnus Jeff Woods. Woods is in his 27th season with the team and owns a 209-321-7 record.
JMU and RU have played 27 times dating back to 1985. The Dukes lead the all-time series 26-1, including winning the last 20. Madison is 20-0 at home in the series. Last season, the Dukes earned a 2-1 overtime win against the Highlanders.
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