HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 3, 2013 – The James Madison field hockey team sent its seniors out with a 2-0 shutout win over Northeastern as the Dukes celebrated Senior Day at home.
The Dukes finished the 2013 season with a 10-8 record overall and a 3-3 record against Colonial Athletic Association foes. The Huskies concluded the regular season with a 7-12 record overall and a 3-3 CAA record.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) posted the first goal for the purple and gold, knocking a hard pass from sophomore Adrienne le Vatte (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Alexander Road) into the right corner of the net.
In the final minute of the first half, sophomore Loes Stijntjes (Steenokkerzeel, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) knocked in the second goal off a straight corner. Senior Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and junior Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) assisted on the play.
Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) earned the victory (5-4) on senior day with seven saves and no goals allowed. Northeastern’s Becky Garner tallied the loss (7-9) after 11 saves and two goals allowed.
JMU outshot Northeastern 29-8 as the Dukes limited the Huskies to just four shots each half. JMU also earned eight penalty corners to Northeastern’s four corners in the game.
Ten Dukes took a shot at the Northeastern goal during the game. Stijntjes and West tied for game-high shots with seven apiece.
Goldstein, Tarafas, and redshirt senior Sam Smiertka (Townsend, Del./St. Thomas More) were all recognized after the game for their contributions to the JMU field hockey program.
Overall, the Dukes finished the 2013 season averaging 2.89 goals per game and limiting opponents to 1.67 goals per game. West led the team this season in goals (14) and points (33), the most by a single JMU player since 2010 (Amy Daniel – 19 goals, 47 points). Goldstein and Allaband were tops in assists with six each this year.
JMU will not advance to the CAA tournament next weekend. The championship field is composed of No. 1 Delaware (host, 6-0), No. 2 Drexel (4-2), No. 3 Northeastern (3-3) and No. 4 William & Mary (3-3).
With three CAA teams all finishing with 3-3 records (JMU, Northeastern, William & Mary), tiebreaker rules were used to determine which teams advance to the CAA championship tournament. Because the three teams involved all hold 1-1 records against one another, the next tiebreaker goes to records against the team atop the league standings.
As all three teams lost to Delaware, the next record to look at is against the second team in CAA standings - Drexel. Because Northeastern defeated Drexel, the Huskies were pulled from the tiebreaker scenario and the seeding procedure reverted to head-to-head competition. With William & Mary holding the 1-0 favor over JMU (Sept. 29, 4-3 loss by JMU), the Tribe advances to the CAA tournament as the No. 4 seed and the Dukes are eliminated from contention.