HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 7, 2011 – Junior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) scored 5 minutes, 27 seconds into the second overtime to lift the James Madison field hockey team to a 2-1 win over in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Friday night.
JMU played its fifth overtime game in its last seven games and improved to 5-6 on the season and 2-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play. VCU dropped its third straight game, falling to 3-10 and 1-4 in league play.
“We outshot VCU by quite a bit, but they are a good team and their goalkeeper played very well,” head coach Antoinette Lucas said. “We wish we could have scored a little bit sooner than overtime, but to our kids’ credit they fought off two yellow cards and battled into double overtime. That’s great to see.”
Offensively, the Dukes were lead by their upperclassmen as Taylor and senior back Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) each tallied goals while junior midfielder Auburn Weisensale (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) added an assist. Freshman midfielder Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) led the team with nine shots, including six on goal while classmate Ysaline Nobels (Dion-Valmont, Belgium/College du Christ-Roi) added five shots.
Junior Melanie Marotta scored the Rams’ goal with sophomore Stephanie DeMasi adding the assist. Freshman Kendell Combs had a team-best five shots, all of which reached net.
Senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) improved to 4-5 on the season by making seven saves while going the distance in net for Madison. She allowed one goal.
Senior Erin Jablonski turned aside 14 offerings from JMU, but allowed two goals to drop to 3-10 on the season.
The Dukes held a 30-11 advantage in shots and had nine penalty corners to the Rams’ two. JMU outshot VCU 11-3 in overtime and had both penalty corner opportunities.
Cutchins got Madison on the board with a goal in the 64th minute. Sophomore back Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) blasted a shot off a penalty corner that got blocked and went right to Cutchins. The senior settled the ball and knocked a shot off Jablonski and into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Nearly four minutes later, VCU capitalized on its own penalty corner opportunity. The ball was inserted to DeMasi who fired a shot on goal that was redirected by Marotta for her second tally this year. The goal came with JMU down a player due to a yellow card.
The team’s traded chances through the remainder of regulation and the first overtime. Five minutes into overtime two, Weisensale intercepted the ball and carried it down the right sideline. She centered the ball to Taylor who made a move around a defender and lifted the ball up over a sliding Jablonski for her first career game-winning goal.
JMU returns to the field on Sunday as it looks to build on tonight’s win with a game against No. 8 Duke at Williams Field in Durham, N.C., at 1 p.m.
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