JMU roundup: Dukes take fourth in Cardinal Cup

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – The James Madison University women’s golf team moved up one slot and finished fourth at the 2014 Cardinal Cup on Tuesday.

The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Louisville, was played at the U of L Golf Club (Par 72 – 6,223 yards) in Simpsonville, Kentucky.

Entering the final round in fifth place, the Dukes recorded a 12-over 300 over the last 18 to finish with a 54-hole total of 37-over 901. Host Louisville shot a final-round 7-over 295 to card a 24-over 888 and take home the team title by six shots over runner-up Memphis at 30-over 894. Kennesaw State was third at 33-over 897, followed by JMU and Middle Tennessee State in fifth at 40-over 904.

Senior Shabril Brewer took the top spot for JMU with a 1-under 71 in the last round to tie for seventh at 6-over 222. It was her sixth career top-10 finish in a tournament and single round low so far this year, a round that included four birdies and three bogeys. Junior Kelsey Solan was next in a tie for 18th at 11-over 227 following a final-round 5-over 77. It was Solan’s first collegiate top-20 placing and a career-low for 54 holes.

In her first college event, freshman Gabrielle Weiss shot an 8-over 80 in the last 18 and tied for 22nd at 12-over 228, while fellow freshman Laura Gomez-Ruiz tied for 42nd at 17-over 233 after her 3-over 75 in the final round. Senior Maria Andrea Legaspi tied for 53rd with teammate and fellow senior Nikola Wessels as both finished at 20-over 236.

Danielle Lemek of Bradley took home medalist honors after a final-round 3-under 69 put her at 3-under 213 overall, four shots ahead of Memphis’ Michaela Fletcher, who finished second at 1-over 217.

JMU returns to the course in two weeks, traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina, to play in the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic, Sept. 29-30. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Forest Oaks Golf Club.

Women’s field hockey

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The James Madison field hockey team held steady in the national rankings this week, voted No. 20 nationally, alongside Princeton, in the week two Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Coaches Poll announced Tuesday.

The Dukes went 1-1 on the weekend to move to 4-1 on the year. This is the first time since 2008 that JMU has been 4-1 through the first five games of the season and the first time since 2002 that the Dukes opened a season with a four-game win streak.

On Sept. 12, JMU rolled to a 7-1 victory at Appalachian State as six different Dukes posted points. Redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor West tallied two goals and two assists to lead the team. Junior back Loes Stijntjes and freshman forward Katie Winesett each scored twice while senior back Dana Allaband and junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte each assisted on two goals. Senior forward Bethany Ashworth rounded out the scoring for JMU.

On Sunday, the Dukes fell 2-1 in overtime to then-No. 13 Northwestern in a neutral-site match held at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. JMU tied the game at 1-1 off a shot by Stijntjes that followed a penalty corner with just 1:19 remaining in regulation, forcing the Dukes’ second overtime game in a week. The Wildcats scored the golden goal 56 seconds into the first overtime period.

Stijntjes currently ranks sixth nationally in goals per game (1.40) and ninth in points per game (3.00). As a team, the Dukes are 11th nationally in goals per game (3.60) and scoring average (3.32), as well as 13th in points per game (9.20) and 14th in penalty corners per game (7.40).

No. 20 JMU takes on Missouri State this Friday in a 7 p.m. game at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.