PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Sept. 21, 2012 – Midfielder Amanda Fleischut tallied a goal and an assist on two penalty corners late in the second half to lead 23rd-ranked Drexel to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over the James Madison field hockey team at Buckley Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday afternoon.
The loss snaps JMU’s four-game winning streak and drops the team to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Drexel ended its three-game losing streak to improve to 6-3 and 1-0 in the league.
The Dukes were paced by freshman midfielder Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin Germany, Gustav-Heinemann-Cherschule) with her first career goal on two shots on goal. Sophomore midfielder Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) registered her team-leading fourth assist while redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) recorded two shots off the bench for Madison.
Fleischut finished with a goal and an assist on two shots to pace the Dragons offense. Christina Conrad added a goal on her only shot while five other Dragons recorded at least one shot.
Goalkeeper Jantien Gunter picked up the win for Drexel to improve to 6-3 on the season. She made three saves and allowed one goal in 70 minutes of action.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made five saves on seven shots to take the loss for the Dukes. She dropped to 5-3 this season.
The Dragons outshot the Dukes 11-7 for the game, including a 7-3 advantage in the second half. .Drexel also held a 12-5 lead in penalty corners while Madison led 5-3 in saves.
Madison took a 1-0 lead just 9:13 into the game. The team earned a penalty corner and Allaband set up Chelmowski for a shot from the top of the scoring area. Chelmowski’s drive founds its way through a crowd of players and into the goal for the early lead.
The teams battled to a stalemate the remainder of the half and for most of the second half, but just minutes after using its timeout Drexel evened the score on a penalty corner of its own. Fleischut found herself with the ball in the scoring area and beat Wimmert with a blast for her third goal of the season.
Just over four minutes later, Drexel won another penalty corner and this time Fleischut found an open Conrad who knocked the ball into the net for the game-winning goal. It was her third goal of the season.
JMU had a chance to even the score late in the game on a penalty corner, but junior back Amy Goldstein’s (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) shot went wide of the net and the Dragons were able to hold on for the win.
JMU returns to action on Sunday as it travels to Maryland for a noon game against Towson.
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