COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 16, 2012 – Redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) tipped in a goal 8:08 into the second overtime to give the James Madison field hockey team a 2-1 win over No. 18 Boston College on Sunday afternoon. The game was played on a neutral field in College Park, Md.
JMU won its second straight overtime decision and fourth straight game overall to improve to 5-2 on the season. It is the team’s longest winning streak since winning four straight from Sept. 22-Oct. 1, 2010. Boston College, ranked 18th in this week’s NFHCA/Penn Monto Division I Coaches Poll, lost its second straight to drop to 4-4 on the year.
West paced the Dukes’ offense, scoring a goal on four shots. Sophomore forward Bethany Ashworth (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) added her second goal of the year while sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) chipped in with her third assist of the year. Freshman midfielder Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin, Germany/Gustav-Heinemann-Cherschule) tied for a game-high five shots with two of them finding the target.
B.C. was led by back Jacqui Moorfield with a goal on five shots, including three on goal. Midfielders Emma Plasteras and Paige Norris each contributed assists with Plasteras firing four shots in the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made five saves to earn the win in net for Madison. She allowed one goal in 93 minutes, eight seconds of action to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Leah Settipane took the loss in goal for the Eagles to drop to 4-4. She made seven saves and allowed two goals.
JMU outshot Boston College 19-14 for the game, including a 15-8 advantage in regulation. The Dukes attempted 12 penalty corners to nine for the Eagles, but trailed 7-5 in saves for the day.
The teams held each other scoreless for the first 65 minutes of action before Madison struck for the game’s first goal. On a JMU penalty corner, Ashworth tipped in a pass from Allaband to put her team ahead.
The Eagles came back to tie the score less than two minutes later. The goal came on a penalty corner with Norris inserting the ball to Plasteras who set it up for Moorfield. Moorfield’s blast from the edge of the scoring area found its way through a tangle of players and into the back of the cage.
The score remained even through the first 23 minutes, eight seconds of overtime action before West tipped a ball past Settipane for her third goal of the year and the ninth of her career. It was the third game-winning goal of the Princess Anne, Md., native’s 10-game career.
The Dukes continue their three-game road trip this Friday night as they open up Colonial Athletic Association play in Philadelphia, Pa., against No. 15 Drexel.
NOTES: JMU improved 3-0 in overtime games this season … All seven of Madison’s games this year have been decided by one goal.
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