DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 9, 2011 – Forward Emmie Le Marchand recorded her first career hat trick and five other Blue Devils tallied goals to lead No. 8 Duke to a 9-1 win over the James Madison field hockey team at Williams Field in Durham, N.C., on Sunday.
Duke, ranked eighth in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches poll, won for the third time in its last four games to improve to 8-5 on the season. JMU dropped to 5-7 and 0-4 on the road.
Le Marchand led the Blue Devils with the three goals on four shots while midfielder Tara Jennings added two goals on a team-high five shots. Defensive back Rhian Jones chipped in two assists and midfielders Mary Nielsen and Martine Chichizola and forwards Jessica Buttinger and Devon Gagliardi added one goal each.
JMU’s goal was scored by redshirt sophomore forward Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent). It was her second goal of the season and the third of her career. Versfeld led the team with two shots, both of which were on goal while sophomore back Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) added one shot.
Samantha Nelson played the first half in net for Duke. She allowed one goal and made one save to earn the win and improve to 8-5. Micaela Paterson saw her first action of the season in the second half and did not allow a goal in 35 minutes played.
Senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) drew the start in net for Madison. She made four saves while allowing five goals to drop to 4-6 on the season. Sophomore Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River) tied her career-high with eight saves after subbing in to play the final 42 minutes, 58 seconds.
Duke outshot JMU 30-3 and held a 9-3 advantage in penalty corner. Madison made 12 saves to the Blue Devils one.
Duke struck for the game’s first goal at the 14:18 mark. Chichizola knocked home a rebound after the initial shot was saved. Less than a minute later, Versfeld found the ball from eight yards out on the left side and beat Nelson to tie the game.
It took the Blue Devils 1 minute, 2 seconds to respond as Nielsen buried a penalty corner to put Duke ahead for good.
The Dukes are back in action on Thursday, Oct. 13 as they travel to Farmville, Va., for a 7 p.m. game at Longwood.
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