HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 28, 2012 – Senior forward Crystal Poland scored twice, including the game-winner 1:11 into overtime to lift ninth-ranked Northeastern past the James Madison field hockey team, 3-2, at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Friday night.
NU won for the second time in its last three games to improve to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. JMU lost for the first time in four overtime games, dropping to 6-4 on the season and 1-2 in league play.
Poland paced the Huskies’ attack, scoring twice on a game-high five shots. She leads the CAA with 16 goals scored. Forward Lindsay Bennett added a goal and an assist while forward Nicky Graham and defender Kate Carlson each tallied an assist. Forward Deirdre Duke tied Poland for the team lead in shots with five, but just two of them were on goal.
Madison was led by redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) and junior midfielder Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick). Both players scored a goal while Wein led the team with two shots in the game. Sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) added her team-leading fifth assist of the season.
Lizzie Priest earned the win for Northeastern to improve to 8-2 on the season. She made two saves and allowed two goals in just over 71 minutes of action.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) made six saves on nine shots on goal in the loss for JMU. She dropped to 6-4 on the year.
NU outshot JMU 14-6 for the game, including the only shot in overtime. NU held a 7-3 advantage in second-half shots. The Huskies also led 8-1 in corners, but the Dukes made six saves to two for the Huskies.
The game-winning goal came when Poland intercepted a pass in the midfield and went one-on-one with a JMU defender. She broke free down the right side and fired a low, hard shot into the JMU goal for the win.
Northeastern opened the scoring 6:14 into the first half on a penalty corner. Bennett inserted the ball to the top of the circle where it was set up for Carlson. Instead of shooting, Carlson fired a pass right back to Bennett who knocked the ball into the short side for her second goal of the season.
The Dukes game right back to tie the score four minutes, four seconds later. After the ball hit a NU defender’s foot, Allaband played the ball quickly, dribbling into the right side of the scoring area. She fired a shot across the goal that was redirected by Wein for her fourth goal of the season.
Just over six minutes later, Goldstein scored her first goal of the season to give Madison the lead. Sophomore forward Rachel Palumbo (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) had the ball on the left side of the scoring area, the ball was deflected right to Goldstein who drove a shot past Priest for the 2-1 lead.
The Dukes held onto the lead into the closing seconds of the first half. Northeastern won a penalty corner with less than 10 seconds left in the half, allowing them an untimed scoring opportunity. Bennett inserted a pass that was stopped by Graham. Poland scooped a shot high up over Wimmert for the tying goal.
The teams traded scoring opportunities in the second half, but neither team scored, sending the game into an extra session.
The Dukes return to conference action on Sunday as it hosts Hofstra at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 1 p.m.
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