HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 16, 2011 – Senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made eight saves and kept No. 2 North Carolina off the scoreboard for the first 44 minutes as the James Madison field hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to UNC at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops JMU to 6-8 on the season while North Carolina, ranked second in this week’s Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, won its 10th straight game to improve to 15-1.
“I couldn’t be happier with how our team played,” head field hockey coach Antoinette Lucas said. “It is a growing process for us and I know the team is disappointed they lost the game and that’s a good thing.”
UNC was led by forward Elizabeth Stephens with the game-winning goal on six shots, including two on net. Forward Kelsey Kolojejchick added a goal on four shots while Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany scored once on three shots.
Offensively, The Dukes were held to just one shot. Sophomore forward Ashley Adams (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) registered Madison’s sole shot while sophomore back Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) added a defensive save.
Savage made eight saves while limiting UNC to three goals in 70 minutes. She took the loss to drop to 5-7 on the year.
Sassi Ammer improved to 12-1 while recording her fourth shutout of the season.
The Tar Heels held a 21-1 advantage in shots and took all seven of the game’s penalty corners. JMU made nine saves to UNC’s zero.
After the first half ended scoreless, North Carolina got on the board in the 45th minute as Stephens tallied for her seventh goal of the year. Sophie Rudolph’s initial shot from the left side was saved by Savage, but the rebound bounced onto Stephens stick and she knocked it into an open net.
Just over 16 minutes later, an awkward bounce led to a second Tar Heel goal. The ball entered into the scoring area and was knocked off the attacker’s stick by senior back Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) and bounced free. Radvany was the first to the ball and her diving shot deflected off a defender’s stick and past Savage for the junior’s 11th goal of the year.
Kolojejchick put the finishing touches on the game one minute, 15 seconds later as she knocked home a rebound for her 16th goal of the year.
The Dukes are back in action next weekend as they travel to No. 1 Old Dominion on Friday, Oct. 21 for a 5 p.m. game. On Sunday, Oct. 23, JMU visits William & Mary for a key 1 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association clash.
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