Dukes Drop Defensive Battle at No. 12 Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 12 Wake Forest held James Madison without a penalty corner and allowed just three shots to blank the Dukes 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Kentner Stadium.
JMU also played shorthanded for nearly 13 minutes, as the Dukes picked up four green cards and one yellow card.
James Madison owns a 2-2 record, with both losses this season coming on the road. The Demon Deacons also sit at 2-2 and look to stay on track, hosting App State on Sunday, Sept. 10.
The Dukes saw shots from senior Tori Carawan and sophomores Charlotte Duthoit and Julie Narleski, all of which were on goal.
Senior Brandelynn Heinbaugh and the JMU defense denied the Demon Deacons on six out of their seven penalty corner attempts. Heinbaugh made six saves on the afternoon, including a stick save off a redirect in the final frame.
How It Happened

  • Heinbaugh kept Wake Forest at bay in the opening frame, making one save.
  • The Demon Deacons earned two penalty corners that the Dukes turned away, highlighted by a denial from Heinbaugh to keep it 0-0 going into halftime.
  • Wake Forest finally broke through on its third penalty corner with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter.
  • Carawan, Duthoit, and Narleski recorded shots on frame during the third, but the Deacs’ Ellie Todd came up with the save each time.
  • Despite two green cards and one yellow card in the fourth period, JMU was able to stifle Wake Forest’s attack. However, the Dukes could not muster a shot or penalty corner, falling 1-0. 

Game Notes

  • JMU trails in the all-time series to Wake Forest, 13-4.
  • The Demon Deacons led the Dukes in shots (17-3), shots on goal (7-3) and penalty corners (7-0).
  • The last time JMU was held without a penalty corner was in 2021 when it fell to #14 Wake Forest, 6-2, on Sept. 12.
  • Going back to last season, the Purple and Gold have been shut out thrice in the past five games. The Dukes fell on the road in the season finale at #21 Rutgers on Oct. 30, 2022. In the stretch, JMU has been outscored 11-7.

Quoting Head Coach Christy Morgan
“It was a hard-fought game — they just finished one in the cage. I’m proud of this fight. The JMU foundation is filled with fight, hustle, desire and extra effort. Anyone who doesn’t play with that extreme desire won’t fit here. As the No. 12 team in the nation, they had to right for that win. We won’t roll over for anyone!”

Up Next

The Dukes will return to the Commonwealth to host App State on Friday, Sept. 8 (5 p.m.) and Temple on Sunday, Sept. 10 (1 p.m.).

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