JMU roundup: Ashworth helps Dukes to road win

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DAVIDSON, N.C. — After a scoreless first half, junior Bethany Ashworth notched two goals en route to James Madison field hockey’s 3-0 victory at Davidson. Sophomore Saskia Chelmowski scored once to round out the win on Friday night.

The Dukes improved to 8-6 overall while the Wildcats fell to 5-9 this season.

In the 45th minute, Ashworth deflected a hard pass from redshirt sophomore Taylor West into the net to break the 0-0 tie. She scored for the second time when she powered a shot passed Davidson goalie Carolyn Macek at the 61:17 mark after the goalie slipped coming out of the net to corral a loose ball.

With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Chelmowski drew Macek out of the goal on a fast break into the circle and slipped a shot into the corner to give JMU the 3-0 lead.

JMU held the Wildcats to just two shots on the night, both coming in the second half. The Dukes tallied a 7-2 shot advantage for the game, including a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Macek took the loss (5-6) after allowing three goals and committing three saves. Sophomore Lena Wimmert earned the shutout win (4-4), her second of the season, after saving one shot on goal.

Ashworth now has three goals and seven points on the year. Chelmowski posted her fifth goal of the season, moving into a three-way tie for second-most on the team. West tallied her fifth assist of the season, creating a three-way tie for the team lead in assists.

The Dukes wrap up their non-conference schedule with a trip to No. 14 Wake Forest on Oct. 20. The final road game of the regular season begins at 1 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Women’s tennis

CHARLOTTESVILLE — On day one of the women’s ITA Atlantic Regionals, hosted by Virginia at the Snyder Tennis Center, freshman Alex Huie and junior Taylor Pinchoff represented James Madison women’s tennis in the main doubles draw.

In their round-of-64 match, Huie and Pinchoff fell 8-2 to Virginia Tech’s Tea Ivanovic and Sansitha Nanadakumar in the lone Dukes’ match of the afternoon. The duo finishes the fall slate with a 9-3 record and two doubles-flight championships.

Both Huie and Pinchoff will compete on Saturday in the main singles draw of the regional championship. Huie takes on VCU’s Olga Barscheuskaya at 1 p.m., and Pinchoff faces Pittsburgh’s Amanda Wickman at 2:30 p.m.

Cross country

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — James Madison cross country finished third out of 10 teams in the Penn State Nationals on Friday morning. Overall, 94 runners competed in the women’s 6-kilometer race at the PSU Blue/White Golf Course.

JMU tallied 82 points, just four off second-place Lehigh (78 points). West Virginia (28 points) earned the team victory behind four top-six finishes. Colonial Athletic Association foes Towson and Hofstra finished in sixth place (160 points) and 10th place (255 points), respectively, while host-Penn State placed fourth (106 points).

Sophomore Jenna Flickinger had the top finish of the morning for JMU, crossing the line in seventh place with a time of 21:51. She earned six points towards the team final total because an athlete running unattached finished ahead of her. Her time was 35 seconds behind the individual winner, Bloomsburg’s Victoria Davis.

Three freshmen notched top-22 finishes. Tessa Mundell placed 14th (12 points) with a time of 22:11, Meghan Malloy finished 19th (17 points) in 22:22 and Lillie Brown came in 22nd place (20 points) with a time of 22:32.

Junior Rachel Hagen rounded out JMU’s official scored-runs in 31st place (27 points), finishing with a time of 22:46. Fellow junior Tiel Westbrook finished just a step behind in 32nd place at 22:46 for the first alternate score of 28 points, and junior Kelsey Langton was the final alternate scored-run in 43rd place (37 points) after spending 23:25 on the course.

This is the Dukes’ final competition before the CAA Championship meet on Nov. 2, hosted by Towson. The women’s championship 6-kilometer race begins at 11 a.m.


WILMINGTON, N.C. — Freshman right side Janey Goodman connected on a match-high 13 kills on 28 attack attempts, but James Madison hit .107 as a team as it fell to North Carolina-Wilmington, 3-0, in its first road match of Colonial Athletic Association play at Hanover Hall in Wilmington, N.C., Friday evening.

UNCW won by set scores of 26-24, 25-20, 25-16 to improve to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in the CAA. JMU dropped to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the league.

Goodman’s 13 kills came on .393 hitting as she committed two errors in 28 attacks. The reigning CAA Rookie of the Week added three blocks and three digs in the match. Fellow rookie outside hitter Kate Whitmire added 10 kills on .231 hitting and two digs while junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones added five kills and three blocks.

Sophomore libero MacKenzie Kleespies led all players with 19 digs, adding four assists. Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson combined with sophomore Sarah Patterson for 29 assists, four digs and three blocks.

UNCW right side hitter Christi Laite led her team with 12 kills on .429 hitting while five other players finished with four or more kills for the Seahawks. Outside hitter Nicole Lott contributed six kills, five digs, three blocks and two service aces. Outside hitter Morgan Kline added four kills, eight digs and three service aces. Middle blocker Meredith Peacock supplied eight blocks while setter Alyssa Desjardins finished with a double-double with 14 digs and 12 assists.

Wilmington outhit JMU .167 to .107 and collected 10 blocks and 11 service aces to Madison’s six and four, respectively.

JMU continues its four match road swing with a trip to South Carolina as it takes on the College of Charleston at 1 p.m. on Sunday.