BROOKLINE, Mass., Sept. 30, 2011 – For the fourth time in its last five games, the James Madison field hockey team battled its opponent into overtime as it dropped a 2-1 decision to Northeastern at Sweeney Field in Brookline, Mass. on Friday.
JMU is now 2-2 in overtime games, lowering its season record to 4-5 on the season and 1-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Northeastern improved to 6-5 and 1-2 in league play.
Forward Crystal Poland, the nation’s leading scorer, led the way for the Huskies offensively. She scored twice, including the game winner 11 minutes, 26 seconds into overtime, to power the offense. They were the 18th and 19th goals of the season for the Preseason CAA Player of the Year. Poland also had a game-high 13 shots, with eight reaching goal while Kaela Barker added five shots with two reaching net.
JMU was paced offensively by redshirt sophomore forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville). Wein tallied her first goal of the season and the third of her career while freshman midfielder Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) had a team-high two shots on goal.
In net, senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made a career-high 15 saves while allowing two goals to take a tough-luck loss. She drops to 3-4 on the season.
Lizzie Priest allowed one goal while making four saves to earn the win. She improves to 6-5 in net for Northeastern.
NU outshot Madison 32-5 in the game and held an 11-2 edge in penalty corners. JMU made 15 saves to Northeastern’s four.
The Huskies struck for the game’s first goal, as Poland scored an unassisted goal late in the first half. She beat Savage in the 29th minute to send Northeastern into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second half, Wein received a pass on a long clearance from the JMU end. She beat a defender one-on-one and broke free on Priest. She shot quick and beat Priest low to even the score at one apiece.
Late in the first overtime, Poland tallied again notching an unassisted goal to end the game.
The Dukes return to action on Sunday as they take on Hofstra in a 1 p.m. game at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium.
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