For the second game in a row, the Terps will square up against a ranked opponent. No. 2 Maryland will return to College Park after three-straight road games to host No. 4 James Madison on Saturday.
The game will be the fourth annual JDRF Awareness Game, where the team raises money and brings attention to Type 1 diabetes. The cause is personal to head coach Cathy Reese, whose eldest son, Riley, was diagnosed with the disease.
The Terps (7-1) are reeling from their 13-7 win over No. 8 Penn, in which senior attacker Megan Whittle scored four goals and junior goalkeeper Megan Taylor tied her season-high with 13 saves.
Jen Giles’ three goals on the day also helped power Maryland’s offense, as Whittle brought her season total to 33.
Junior attacker Caroline Steele earned yet another hat trick after going back-to-back games with four or more goals, and is third in scoring on the team with 23 goals and seven assists.
The Terps spoiled Penn’s early undefeated season and held leading scorer Gabby Rosenzweig to only one goal on seven attempts. Freshman Zoe Belodeau was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring seven points on No. 20 Duke, but the Terps’ defense held her to two goals.
The No. 4 JMU Dukes (8-0) have defeated two ranked opponents so far this season, including No. 5 North Carolina in their season opener. Both the Terps and Dukes were forced into overtime when they faced the Tar Heels, yet the Dukes were able to come out on top. While the Terps fell in the first minute of overtime, the Dukes pushed UNC to a second overtime and prevailed, 15-14.
Senior Dukes attacker Kristen Gaudian leads the team in scoring with 32 goals and five assists and posted a season-high eight points in the win against Rutgers on March 10. Senior midfielder Elena Romesburg and junior attacker Hanna Haven are tied for second in scoring with 30 total points.
The Dukes have two goalkeepers that play substantial minutes – junior Ellie Harmeyer and redshirt freshman Molly Dougherty. Harmeyer had a season-high seven saves against VIrginia Tech and has a total of 32 saves.
The Dukes’ last win came against the Richmond Spiders last Saturday. Gaudian’s four goals and Haven’s hat trick, as well as Dougherty’s five saves, helped the Dukes earn the 14-9 win over the Spiders.
Defense led the way for the Dukes’ offense by causing 11 of the 17 Richmond turnovers solely in the first half, and tallying season-highs in groundballs (15) and caused turnovers (29).
With one more win, the Dukes can tie the best start in the program’s history when the 1988 team got off to a 9-0 start to their season. Still, Maryland leads the series with JMU, 40-3, and most recently beat the Dukes 16-11 at JMU last season.
Action between the Terps and Dukes will start at noon at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
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