EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 12, 2010 - Angela Pagura knocked home a rebound halfway through the second half to lift No. 6 Michigan State to a 1-0 victory over No. 14 James Madison at Ralph Young Field in East Lansing, Mich. on Sunday.
The Spartans, ranked sixth in the country in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 at home. The Dukes lost their fourth straight, all by one goal, to fall to 2-4 this season and 0-2 on the road.
Pagura scored the game winner 15 minutes into the second half as she lifted a rebound past redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne). The play started with a MSU penalty corner. The Spartans shot off the corner was blocked and deflected right to Pagura.
The Dukes held a 13-12 advantage in shots and a 5-4 edge in penalty corners. Savage made six saves, but took the loss to drop to 2-4. Molly Cassidy made six saves for the Spartans on her way to recording her third shutout of the season and improving to 7-0.
Senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans) had five shots to lead the JMU attack including four on goal. Fellow senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) also had five shots with one of them reaching goal. Sophomore Tori Lindsey (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) and redshirt freshman Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) had a combined three shots for Madison.
Jantine Steinmetz and Kristen Henn had three shots each to lead the MSU attack.
The Dukes return to the field next Friday, Sept. 17, as they host Richmond at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
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