HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 14, 2012 – Sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) scored 1:15 into overtime to lift the James Madison field hockey team to a 3-2 win over Longwood at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Friday evening.
JMU won its third straight game to improve to 4-2 on the season while Longwood dropped to 1-7.
For Allaband it was her first career goal. She currently ranks fifth on the active scoring list with 10 points. Redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) added her third goal of the season while redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) scored for the second time this season. Freshman back Loes Stijntjes (België, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) chipped in with her first career assist.
West and Wein tied for the team lead in shots with five apiece. Four of West’s shots were on goal while Wein directed two shots on net. Six other players had one shot each for Madison.
Longwood received goals from forward Jessica Diaz and Jennifer Burris. Midfielder Stacey de Grandhomme had an assist and led all players with six shots, including three on net. Diaz and midfielder Kaity Byrum added three shots apiece.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise Meitner Gymnasium) picked up the win for the Dukes. She made six saves on eight shots to improve to 4-2 on the season. Stijntjes added her first career defensive save for the Madison defense.
Meg Mitchell went the distance in net for the Lancers, taking the loss to drop to 1-5. She made six saves on nine shots.
The teams tied 16-16 in shots, including a 10-7 advantage for JMU in the second half. Madison recorded the only shot of overtime. The Dukes held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners and a 7-6 lead in saves.
Allaband’s game-winning goal came on a penalty corner early in the first overtime. On the play, Stijntjes slipped a pass to Allaband who drove the ball hard along the ground. The ball found its way through the defense and into the net to end the game.
JMU opened the scoring 12:04 into the first half on a penalty corner. West’s initial shot was turned aside by Mitchell, but Wein found the rebound and poked it into the net for her seventh career goal.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Dukes through the first half, but the Lancers evened the score just 44 seconds into the second half. De Grandhomme intercepted the ball in the midfield and dribbled the into the scoring area. She slid a pass across the net where Diaz knocked it up over Wimmert for her sixth goal of the year.
Just over 11 minutes later, West scored on a penalty stroke to put her team back in front. Freshman midfielder Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin, Germany/Gustav-Heinemann-Cherschule) earned the stroke after she was taken down in the scoring area. West stepped in to take the stroke and beat the keeper for her eighth career goal.
Burris evened the score with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. JMU held possession in the offensive zone, but LU intercepted the ball and broke for the scoring area. Burris got the ball just outside the scoring area, dribbled down the left side and knocked the ball past the sliding goalkeeper.
Next up for JMU is a trip to College Park, Md., on Sunday to take on #18 Boston College in a neutral site game at the University of Maryland. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
NOTES: JMU improved to 2-0 in overtime games this season … Allaband is the second player to score her first career goal in overtime for the Dukes this season, joining sophomore forward Rachel Palumbo (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) … All six of Madison’s games this season have been decided by one goal.
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