HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 10, 2010 - Meredith Way scored 7:47 into overtime to lead Michigan to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the 14th-ranked James Madison field hockey team at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday.
The goal capped a stunning comeback for the Wolverines who picked up their first win of the season to improve to 1-4. The Dukes lost their second straight overtime game and their third straight overall to fall to 2-3.
Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) scored two goals and added an assist for a five-point night. The JMU captain has a team-high five goals and 13 points. Junior Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) also scored for the Dukes, her third of the season.
Rachel Mack scored two goals within a 1:22 of each other to ignite the Michigan comeback. Both goals came on penalty corners and were assisted by Paige Laytos and Eileen Brandes. Mack added an assist of Way's goal to finish with five points. Michigan's fourth goal was scored by Zara Saydjari, her first of the season, and assisted by Alicia Mayer.
Christi Barwick picked up the win to improve to 1-4. She allowed three goals and made seven saves.
Redshirt sophomore Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made seven saves, but picked up the loss to drop to 2-3 this season.
JMU jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the first half. Daniel started the scoring 15 minutes into the game as her shot from the right side of the circle just tucked inside the left post. Seven minutes later, Cutchins deflected Daniel's shot to make it 2-0. The Dukes capped a dominating first-half performance as Daniel gather a rebound off a Cutchins shot and slipped it past Barwick.
The second half was a different story as Mack scored two early goals off penalty corners to get the Wolverines back in the game. Saydjari completed the comeback as she deposited Mayer's cross into the net. The game-winner was set up by Mack as she slipped a cross from the off corner to Way who beat Savage for her first goal of the season.
Michigan held a 16-11 advantage in shots, including a 5-0 lead in overtime. Michigan held the advantage in penalty corner 10-5.
JMU returns to the field on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. as it will take on No. 6 Michigan State.
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