No. 7 Virginia Plays at James Madison Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The seventh-ranked Virginia field hockey team (2-2) continues the season with an in-state matchup at James Madison Wednesday in Harrisonburg, Va. The game is set for 7 p.m. and live stats will be linked on VirginiaSports.com.
Additionally, JMU will have a live audio broadcast and delayed video broadcast for subscribers only. Those links will also appear on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is coming off its second consecutive 1-1 weekend, having defeated Towson 4-2 last Friday before falling at then-No. 12 Old Dominion 4-0 Sunday in Norfolk, Va. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a seven-game road swing.
“We are excited to get back on the field again against JMU,” Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. “It’s always a very competitive game even though we haven’t played them in a few years. I think it’s important to play the teams in your state and in your region so we are excited to have them back on the schedule.”
Sophomores Elly Buckley and Hadley Bell have paced the Virginia offense thus far, each with three goals on the season. Freshman Jess Orrett has also contributed two goals and two assists. Three goalkeepers have seen time for the Cavaliers but freshman Jenny Johnstone is the only one to have played in all four games. She posts 13 saves on the year and a .650 save percentage.
James Madison is 1-2 on the year, with its lone win coming at home against Appalachian State (4-1) last Friday. The Dukes then fell to then-No. 6 Ohio State 2-0 to close out the weekend. In just three games, freshman Taylor West leads JMU with three goals and an assist for seven points. Goalkeepers Margo Savage and Stephanie Tarafas have both seen time in the cage for James Madison, with Savage registering 11 saves and a .733 save percentage in over 122 minutes.
Virginia leads the all-time series with James Madison, 28-12-1. The two teams have not met since the 2008 season, a 1-0 Dukes win in overtime in Harrisonburg. Virginia’s last win came at home in 2007, a 3-1 victory.