HARRISONBURG, Virginia – James Madison used two goals in the opening six minutes to build an early lead en route to a 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW at Sentara Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Dukes, who were celebrating Senior Day, improved to 8-8-0 overall while moving into a tie for first place in the CAA with a 5-2-0 mark. Meanwhile, the Seahawks dropped to 8-5-3 overall and 2-3-2 in league play after suffering their second straight loss.
"This was a rough one today," UNCW Coach Paul Cairneysaid. "We got caught early and were not able to recover. JMU took the game to us from the opening kickoff and we didn't have any answers.
"Our team continued to fight for each other and at 2-0, we were playing on our front foot," Cairney continued. "The key for our team is what we do next, how we react and how we bounce back. I am thoroughly enjoying coaching this team and their positive team spirit will allow us to compete in our next game."
After sophomore Steffi Page gave James Madison a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the contest, seniorSydney Braun-McLeod extended the advantage to 2-0 at the 6:00 mark with her second goal of the year.
JMU upped the advantage to 3-0 with 14:43 remaining in the first half on a goal by senior Allison Bortellbefore freshman Haley Crawford added her fifth goal of the season in the 56th minute.
Led by freshman Hannah McShea, a trio of James Madison goalkeepers combined to post the shutout as the Dukes limited the Seahawks to just six shots.
UNCW senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy made two saves in 60 minutes before being replaced by senior Liisa Rahkola, who tallied one save in the final 30 minutes.
#SeahawkStats: James Madison defeated UNCW for the fourth time in the last six meetings, upping its advantage in the all-time series to 19-6-0 … The Seahawks lost on the road for the second straight game after posting a 5-0-2 mark in their first seven road outings … UNCW was held to a season-low six shots … Senior Kennedy Ulrich led the Seahawks with two shots in the loss … The Seahawks dropped to eighth place in the CAA standings with two games remaining in the regular season.
Up Next for UNCW: The Seahawks begin the final weekend of the regular season on Friday, Oct. 21, by hosting William & Mary at 7 p.m.