JMU roundup: Burkholder wins CAA weekly honor

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RICHMOND — James Madison University women’s basketball senior guard Kirby Burkholder was named the Colonial Athletic Association co-Player of the Week as announced by the league on Monday.

This is the second time this season the Bridgewater native has claimed the conference’s weekly honor.

Burkholder earned Player of the Week accolades after being named the co-Most Valuable Player of the St. John’s Chartwells Holiday Classic over the weekend. The senior led her team to wins over Prairie View A&M and St. John’s by scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in 66 minutes played over two games. She added four steals, two assists and a block.

In Madison’s win over Prairie View A&M, Burkholder tied for a team-high 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 3-for-9 from 3-point range. She snared seven rebounds to go with two assists, two steals and a block. She followed that up with a game-high 18 points, six rebounds and two steals in Madison’s win over tournament-host St. John’s.

This season, the Preseason CAA Player of the Year is averaging 18.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while playing a team-best 32.8 minutes per session. She has hit on 34 percent of her 3-pointers and is 46-53 (86.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

Drexel’s Rachel Pearson shared co-Player of the Week with Burkholder after also sharing co-MVP honors at the Holiday Classic. Her teammate, Sarah Curran was named the Rookie of the Week.

The Dukes return home following a six-game road trip on Wednesday as they host Vanderbilt at the JMU Convocation Center at 7 p.m.

Field hockey

WILLIAMSBURG — Redshirt sophomore Taylor West and senior Amy Goldstein have been named to the 2013 University Division All-State Field Hockey Second Team, as voted upon by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

West, a 2013 All-South Region Second Team selection by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and a 2013 All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team honoree, led the Dukes in goals (14), points (33) and game-winning goals (5). She tallied two player of the week honors for the conference and led the CAA in shots per game (3.67), goals per game (0.78) and game-winning goals (5) after appearing in and starting all 18 games for JMU this season.

Goldstein is also a NFHCA All-South Second Team honoree as well as the 2013 CAA Defensive Player of the Year. In her final season with the Dukes, she recorded a career-high five goals, six assists, 16 points and nine shots on goal (11 shots total). She served as the primary inserter on corner attempts as well as anchored a back line that allowed 1.67 goals per game, including five shutouts (10-8).

Virginia took home two of the top three honors on the VaSID All-State field hockey ballot. Senior Elly Buckley was voted the Player of the Year, and freshman Lucy Hyams won the Rookie of the Year title. Liberty head coach Jodi Murphy earned Coach of the Year honors after leading her squad to its first-ever NCAA appearance.