JMU’s women’s field hockey (1-1, 0-0 CAA) team went down to Lynchburg, Virginia, to take on No. 20 Liberty (1-0) this past Sunday. The game started with a strong attack by Liberty which became the norm throughout the contest leading to Liberty beating JMU, 5-1.
JMU’s offense struggled to get shots off with only four total and two on goal, keeping the game focused on defense. Liberty fired 16 shots at the Dukes and 12 on goal. Liberty took advantage off penalty corners by getting points on the board off the attempts.
A key player for the Dukes, junior goalkeeper Caitlin Nelson, made seven saves despite giving up five goals. She helped the Dukes stop the game from getting out of hand.
Offensive production was an issue for the Dukes as, midway through the third period, JMU recorded only its second shot. Liberty’s stout defense played a big role in stifling any scoring chances by limiting the Dukes offense to only four shots for the whole game.
JMU looks to bounce back when Ohio State comes to Harrisonburg on Friday at JMU’s Field Hockey Complex at 6 p.m.
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