WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Sept. 29, 2013 – With a goal in the 67th minute, William & Mary was able to overtake James Madison field hockey 4-3 in both teams’ Colonial Athletic Association opener on Sunday afternoon.
JMU is now 5-5 overall this season and 0-1 in league play while William & Mary improved to 4-5 on the year and 1-0 in league action.
The Dukes and the Tribe went scoreless for 31:47 to close the first half and open the second half. After eight straight shots by the Tribe, including four saved by sophomore goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium), William & Mary’s Olivia Hajek deflected a pass from Maria Pastor into the far corner of the net to give the Tribe the 4-3 lead with 3:44 remaining in the game.
With 1:54 to go in regulation, a yellow card on William & Mary’s Chaney Manganello gave the Dukes the 11-on-10 player advantage. At the 69:44 mark, JMU earned a corner but were unable to convert the opportunity into points and the clock expired.
Wimmert was charged with the loss (3-4) after allowing four goals and committing five saves. Meredith Savage earned the win, her first of the season (1-3), after allowing three goals and committing five saves.
Sophomore Adrienne le Vatte (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Alexander Road) led the Dukes with two goals on the day, both off passes from sophomore Loes Stijntjes (Steenokkerzeel, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege). The Tribe’s Pippin Saunders accounted for five points, including two goals and an assist, to lead William & Mary in the win.
William & Mary struck first just 3:01 into the game as Saunders took the pass from Emma Clifton for the first shot and first score of the game. Four minutes later, however, sophomore Saskia Chelmowski (Berlin, Germany/Gustav-Heinemann Oberschule) picked up her third goal of the season to knot the game at 1-all.
Saunders notched her second goal of the game in the 11th minute, picking up the rebound off a saved shot off a corner and giving the Tribe the 2-1 advantage.
After 20 minutes of tight play, le Vatte connected on two straight shot attempts off passes from Stijntjes to give the Dukes the 3-2 lead with less than two minutes left in the first half. It was le Vatte’s third and fourth goals of the year.
With just 31 seconds on the clock until halftime, William & Mary’s Esty Byrd scored off a straight corner to tie the game at 3-3 for the start of the second half.
JMU continues CAA play on Friday, October 4, with a road match at Towson. Action begins at 6 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.