JMU roundup: Dukes ranked 20th in women’s field hockey

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – After starting the season 3-0 for the first time since 2005, the James Madison University women’s field hockey team jumped into the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Coaches poll at No. 20.

The Dukes remained undefeated after a pair of home victories over the weekend. JMU took down Longwood 4-2 on Sept. 5 before rallying for a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win against Richmond on Sept. 7.

This is the first national ranking for JMU field hockey since Sept. 21, 2010 when the Dukes were ranked 20th in the nation.

JMU hits the road to face Appalachian State on Friday for a 3 p.m. game before heading to Boone, N.C., to take on No. 13 Northwestern in a neutral-site match at 10:30 a.m.

Men’s golf

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — James Madison’s men’s golf team continued its rise in the last 36 holes and finished fifth at the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge on Tuesday.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at True Blue Plantation (Par 72 – 6,926 yards).

After opening with a 6-over 294, James Madison put together rounds of 9-under 279 and then 14-under 274 in the last 18 to move up to finish fifth. Old Dominion was the team champion at 31-under 833, three shots ahead of runner-up Jacksonville at 28-under 836. Jacksonville State finished third after a tournament-best round of 17-under 271 put them at 27-under 837. Valparaiso was fourth at 22-under 842, followed by JMU.

Junior Chris Kapsak shot a team tournament-best 7-under 65 in the final round to finish in a tie for 12th at 6-under 210. Both single round and tournament scores were career bests for Kapsak, as the 65 ties for the second lowest round in the program since 1993-94. It was his second career top-20 finish.

Sophomore Ryan Cole shot a career-best 6-under 66 in the last 18 and tied for 18th at 5-under 211. The 54-hole total was Cole’s career best, giving him his 10th career top-30 placing. The 6-under 66 also tied for the fifth-lowest single round in JMU annals.

Redshirt-sophomore Connor Walters tied for 25th with a career-best 2-under 214 after a final round 1-over 73. Sophomore Poom Pattaropong tied for 29th with a 1-under 215 that included his second straight under-par round, this time a 2-under 70. Senior Jon Weiss was the final JMU player in a tie for 44th at 5-over 221.

Jacksonville State’s Tomasz Anderson shot a 12-under 60 in the last round to take home medalist honors at 19-under 197, five shots ahead of runner-up Colin Monagle of Jacksonville at 14-under 202.

JMU will return to the course Sept. 22-23 at the VCU Shootout at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin Sabot.

Women’s golf

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — The James Madison women’s golf team continued its improvement round to round and finished sixth at the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge, on Tuesday.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (Par 71 – 6,123 yards).

The Dukes improved three more shots in the last 18 and finished at 52-over 904 for the event. Furman overcame a two-shot deficit heading into the final round and took home tournament honors by 12 shots, shooting a tournament-best 1-under 283 in the last round. Campbell was runner-up at 27-over 879 with Old Dominion in third at 40-over 892. Houston Baptist improved to fourth at 44-over 896, one shot ahead of Gardner-Webb in fifth at 45-over 897.

Freshman Laura Gomez-Ruiz was the top JMU finisher following her final round 2-over 73 and a 54-hole total of 9-over 222, good for 17th. Senior Shabril Brewer was next in a tie for 20th at 12-over 225. Senior Maria Andrea Legaspi posted her second-consecutive 2-over 73 and placed 26th at 14-over 227. Junior Karishma Thiagaraj tied for 38th at 20-over 233, with senior Nikola Wessels completing the team scoring at 22-over 235, finishing 43rd.

Old Dominion’s Rachel Walker shot a 2-under 69 in the final round to take home medalist honors at 1-under 212, three shots ahead of runner-up Frida Fougberg of Akron at 2-over 215.

Madison returns to the course Sept. 15-16 at the Cardinal Cup at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.