WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Oct. 23, 2011 – Freshman midfielder Ysaline Nobels (Dion-Valmont, Belgium/College du Christ-Roi) scored her third game-winning goal of the season and added an assist to help lead the James Madison field hockey team to a 3-1 win at William & Mary on Sunday afternoon.
The win improved JMU to 7-9 overall and 3-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. W&M became the first team eliminated from contention for one of the six positions in the CAA Championships, dropping to 6-10 and 1-6 in league play.
Nobels’ goal was her third of the season, tying her for second-most on the team. Junior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) added a goal and an assist for a three-point day while freshman forward Bethany Ashworth (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) added her second goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) had a career-high two assists and redshirt sophomore forward Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) led all players with three shots, including two on goal.
William & Mary’s goal was scored by Christine Johnson with Jesse Ebner and Emma Clifton chipping in assists. Six different players registered shots on goal for the Tribe with Johnson, Clifton and Taylor Hodge directing theirs on net.
Senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) drew the start in net for Madison, making two saves to earn the win. She improved to 6-8 on the season while lowering her goals against average to 2.23.
Camilla Hill played the first 50 minutes, 29 seconds in net for the Tribe. She allowed two goals and made one save to drop to 6-10 on the year. Elizabeth Frey subbed in for the final 19:31 and gave up a goal while making two saves.
The Dukes outshot the Tribe 10-6 and held a 7-1 advantage in penalty corners. William & Mary made three saves to Madison’s two.
Nobels opened the game’s scoring, capitalizing on a penalty corner late in the first half. Taylor inserted the ball to Allaband who set it up for a Nobels blast past into the lower corner for her third goal of the year.
Nobels and Taylor combined to strike for another penalty corner goal nearly three minutes into the start of the second half. This time it was Taylor scoring as she redirected Nobels shot into an open net for a 2-0 advantage. Almost 16 minutes later, Ashworth extended the lead to 3-0 as she took a pass from Allaband at the far post and tipped it by Frey and into the back of the net.
The Tribe got on the board in the 59th minute, scoring on a penalty corner. Clifton inserted to ball to Ebner who shot set up Johnson for the shot.
The Dukes are back in action next weekend as they host Delaware for Senior Day on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
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