NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 3, 2011 – Freshman midfielder Ysaline Nobels (Dion-Valmont, Belgium/College du Christ-Roi) and redshirt sophomore forward Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) each tallied goals and senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made six saves as the fourth-seeded James Madison field hockey team defeated fifth-seeded Delaware 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association Field Hockey Championships at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va., on Thursday.
JMU advances to face top-seeded and tournament host Old Dominion on Saturday at 12 p.m. It improved to 9-9 after beating UD for the second time in a week. The Blue Hens saw their season come to an end on Thursday evening after dropping to 9-11 on the season.
Nobels paced the offense with a goal on a game-high four shots, including one on goal. Versfeld added a goal on two shots on goal while freshman midfielder Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) added her team-leading sixth assist, tying her for the fifth-most assists by a freshman in school history. She also had three shots in the game. Junior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) added her fourth assist of the season.
The Blue Hens goal came from forward Tory Sharpless. The junior had two shots in the game, including one on net. Back Kelsey McKee chipped in a team-high four shots while fellow defender Heather Hartman had three shots, two of which were on goal. Four other Delaware players registered a shot, led by midfielder Nicole Onorato with two.
Savage improved to 8-8 on the season by limiting UD to just one goal. She made six saves while lowering her goals against average to 2.02 and improving her save percentage to .746. The senior is now 17-14 in two seasons as Madison’s primary goalkeeper.
Noelle Diana took the loss for Delaware to drop to 9-11. She allowed two goals and made two saves in 70 minutes of action.
Shots were tied 14-14 while the Blue Hens held a narrow 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. The Dukes made six saves to two for UD.
Nobels gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead in the game’s 13th minute as she blasted a shot off a penalty corner for her fifth goal of the season. Allaband and Taylor assisted on the play.
The score remained 1-0 heading into halftime. Nearly six minutes into the second session, Sharpless took a long pass from midfield and drilled a shot past Savage from just inside the circle. It was her sixth goal of the season.
Versfeld notched her third of the season and her first career game-winning goal in the 54th minute. Her initial shot was turned aside by Diana, but the rebound came right back to Versfeld who slipped it into the back of the net.
Delaware had several opportunities after the go-ahead goal, including seven shots and three penalty corners, but Savage and the JMU defense were up to the task and kept UD off the board.
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