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Junior Taylor BaileyCourtesy: JMUSports.com
Field Hockey’s Second Half Surge Cut Short by Columbia, Falls 2-1
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/08/2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 8, 2013 – Junior Taylor Bailey (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) accounted for James Madison field hockey’s lone goal on Sunday afternoon, a 2-1 loss to Columbia in a neutral site game at American University.

The Dukes slipped to 2-2 on the season while Columbia improved to 2-0.

At the 54:23 mark, Bailey was able to knot the game at 1-all after coming up with the ball in a scramble in front of the goal and sending it into the right corner of the net.  It was the seventh shot of the half for JMU and the 15th shot over a 42-minute run that saw only four Columbia shots after their goal 12 minutes into the game. 

Six minutes later, however, Columbia’s Christina Freibott successfully converted a penalty stroke, and the Lions regained the lead for good at 2-1 with 9:45 remaining, forcing JMU to call a timeout.  It was the lone Columbia shot of the second half.

JMU outshot Columbia 20-8, including a 17-4 run between Lions’ goals, during which time the Dukes held them scoreless for nearly 48 minutes.  The Dukes also earned 11 corners to the Lions’ five, taking six of them in the second half.

Columbia’s Kimberly Pianucci made nine saves and allowed just one goal to take the win (2-0).  Six of her saves came in the waning moments of the first half as JMU rattled off four penalty corners and five shots. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) took the loss (1-2) after three saves and two goals allowed.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) led the way for the Dukes with five shots, and Bailey was just behind her with four attempts.  Zoe Blake had a team-high three shots for the Lions.

JMU returns to action Wednesday, September 11 when the Dukes head to Longwood for a 5 p.m. showdown.

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