HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 1, 2012 – James Madison freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made 11 saves, but Lafayette rallied for two goals in the second half to claim a 2-1 win at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The Leopards improved to 2-0 on the season after picking up a win over Ball State a week earlier. The Dukes dropped to 1-2 on the season.
JMU’s was led by freshman forward Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Collegiate) with a goal on one shot while redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) contributed an assist and two shots for the Dukes.
Lafayette received goals from Aimee Smith and Maria Machalick both occurring on second half penalty corners. Smith was one of five different players to record multiple shots for the Leopards paced by a game-high four from defender Brittany Blass. Forward Deanna Dicroce added three shots while Smith and midfielders Kristen Heaney and Jenna Seybert chipped in a pair of shots each.
Wimmert took the tough-luck loss for Madison after stopping 11 of the 13 shots she faced. She played all 70 minutes in net for JMU, dropping to 1-2 on the year.
Goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch improved to 2-0 on the season after taking the win for Lafayette. She made one save and allowed one goal in 70 minutes of action.
The Leopards outshot the Dukes 15-6 and held an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners, including a 7-1 lead in the second half. JMU made 11 saves to just one for Lafayette.
Madison took the lead in the 24th minute as sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) fired a long pass from her side of the field to West. The redshirt freshman received the pass and dribbled to the top of the Lafayette scoring area. Her shot from the top of the circle was redirected by Wilson for her first career goal.
The Dukes carried that lead into the second half, but the Leopards earned a penalty corner in the 54th minute. Blass fired a shot that was initially saved by Wimmert, but Smith found the rebound and deposited into the net to even the score.
Just over 11 minutes later, Lafayette earned another penalty corner. This time it was Seybert firing the shot on net. Her offering was deflected by Machalick up over Wimmert and into the net for her first goal of the season.
Madison scrambled late to try and even the score and earned a penalty corner with just over two minutes left, but West’s shot from the top of the circle was blocked.
The Dukes return to action on Sunday as they host 25th-ranked American at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 1 p.m.
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