JMU roundup: Dukes’ duo earns preaseason all-CAA field hockey honors

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RICHMOND — James Madison University redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor West and junior back Loes Stijntjes represented Dukes’ field hockey on the 2014 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association team, the league announced Thursday.

West garnered All-CAA First Team honors in 2013 after leading the Dukes with 14 goals and 33 points, the most by a single JMU player since 2010 (Amy Daniel — 19 goals, 47 points). She posted two three-goal performances during the season and received CAA Player of the Week honors twice. She was tabbed to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-South Region Second Team and the Virginia Sports Information All-State Second Team last year.

Stijntjes is a two-time Preseason All-CAA honoree after making the team in 2013. After earning a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team in 2012, she received All-CAA Second Team accolades in 2013. She has appeared in 26 consecutive games and 36 overall, starting all of the them.

JMU was picked to finish fourth in the 2014 CAA Field Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll after ending the 2013 season in a three-way tie for third place. James Madison posted a 10-8 overall record with a 3-3 record against conference opponents.

JMU opens the season at Kent State on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. before returning home to face Longwood on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.