Field Hockey Tops No. 16 William & Mary in Shutout Fashion

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Senior Eveline Zwager’s first-quarter goal was the difference maker as James Madison topped William & Mary, 1-0, on Friday night at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.

The Dukes improve to 4-3, winning their last two contests. The Tribe is 5-2 with two games to go before Colonial Athletic Association competition begins.

Zwager buried a shot off a rebound less than five minutes into the first quarter for what proved to be the gamewinner. Junior Brandelynn Heinbaugh started for James Madison and made one save as the defense thwarted William & Mary’s offense.

How It Happened

  • A shot from senior Diede Remijnse off a corner was initially saved before Zwager pounced on the loose ball for the score at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter.
  • Both teams saw a player earn a card early in the second, but neither was able to capitalize.
  • William & Mary’s offense was kept in check in the first half, failing to produce a shot.
  • James Madison applied heavy offensive pressure in the final period with six shots and four corners.

Game Notes

  • The Dukes held the advantage in shots (11-2), shots on goal (9-1), and penalty corners (6-2).
  • James Madison boasts a 40-24-6 record against William & Mary since 1974.
  • JMU has triumphed over the Tribe in three straight meetings, two of which were shutouts (1-0, Sept. 16, 2022; 4-0, March 19, 2021).
  • The Dukes have shutout their opponents in two consecutive games since last season when they blanked No. 20 Delaware (4-0, Oct. 15) and Temple (2-0, Oct. 17).
  • James Madison has allowed one goal in the last 12 quarters of competition. The sole goal was scored by No. 5 Louisville in the third quarter on Sept. 9.
  • Zwager’s goal was the seventh gamewinner of her career and first of the season.
Quoting Head Coach Christy Morgan

“James Madison field hockey came to play tonight,” said Morgan. “When we come to play and everybody’s fully engaged — supporting each other, helping each other, finishing on both ends — we’re a great team. Everybody was involved , the bench was engaged, and everybody was ready when we put substitutions in. Super proud of this team, not just because we won, but because we played the style of hockey that JMU wants to play and is known for. That’s aggressive, dynamic , connected hockey.”

Up Next

The Dukes will remain at home to host No. 12 Liberty on Sunday, Sept. 18. The game is scheduled for 1 pm and will be streamed on ESPN+. After the game, there will be an autograph session on the track.

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