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 play begins.
Zwager buried a jumper less than five minutes into the first quarter for what turned out to be the game-winner. Junior Brandelynn Heinbaugh started for James Madison and made a save when the defense stymied the William & Mary offense.
How It Happened
- A shot from the old man Diede Remijnse A corner kick was first saved before Zwager pounced on the loose ball for the score at 10:23 of the first quarter.
- Both teams saw a player earn a card early in the second leg, but neither was able to capitalize.
- William & Mary’s offense was held in check in the first half, failing to score a touchdown.
- James Madison applied heavy offensive pressure in the final period with six shots and four corners.
- The Dukes held the advantage in shots (11-2), shots on goal (9-1), and penalty shots (6-2).
- James Madison boasts a 40-24-6 record against William & Mary since 1974.
- JMU has defeated the Tribe in three straight meetings, two of which were shutouts (1-0, Sept. 16, 2022; 4-0, March 19, 2021).
- The Dukes have shut out their opponents in two straight games dating back to 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 the contest. The lone goal was scored by No. 5 Louisville in the third quarter on September 9.
- Zwager’s goal was the seventh game-winner of her career and first of the season.
“James Madison field hockey came to play tonight,” Morgan said. “When we come to play and everybody is 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 everyone was ready when we put the substitutions in. Super proud of this team, not only because we won, but because we played the style of hockey that JMU wants to play and is known for. That is aggressive, dynamic and connected hockey. “
The next one
The Dukes will stay at home to host No. 12 Liberty on Sunday, September 18. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+. There will be an autograph session on the track after the game.