HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 21, 2012 – Old Dominion scored once in each half on penalty corners and held the James Madison field hockey team scoreless, to earn a 2-0 win at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Sunday afternoon.
ODU, ranked ninth in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, remained unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play, improving to 6-0 in the league and 12-4 overall. JMU dropped to 9-7 on the season and 3-3 in CAA play.
The Monarchs were led by forward Sarah Breen and defensive back Christy Longacre with one goal each. Breen also led the team with 10 shots, including eight on goal. Midfielders Rosario Villagra, Maartje van Rijswijk and Lydia Velzian all added an assist for ODU. Forward Kimberly Oakes was the only other player with multiple shots, recording three with all of the being on net.
Redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) tallied three shots for Madison, including one on goal and one off the post. Sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) had Madison’s only other shot of the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) tied her season-high with 11 saves in the loss. She dropped to 9-7 with the loss, allowing two goals in 70 minutes of action. Redshirt junior back Sam Smiertka (Townsend, Del./St. Thomas More) added a defensive save, giving her a team-best two on the season.
Marla Petriello made two saves in recording the shutout. She took the win to improve to 10-2 on the season.
The Monarchs outshot the Dukes 18-4 in the game and held a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners attempted. JMU made 12 saves to two for ODU.
After playing scoreless through the first 13 minutes of action, ODU broke onto the scoreboard on a penalty corner in the 14th minute. Villagra inserted the ball to van Rijswijk who stopped it and set it up for Breen. The rookie fired a low, hard shot that deflected in off a Madison defender for her 12th goal of the season.
Just over 40 minutes later, Old Dominion struck for another penalty corner this time it was Velzian slipping a pass to Longacre on the left side of the scoring area. Longacre one-timed a shot that found the goal for her ninth tally of the season.
JMU battled back and had a few attempts late in second half, including winning three straight penalty corners. Some nifty passing found West open for a shot at the top of the scoring area. Her blast found its way through the defense, but found the post to keep the shutout in order.
The Dukes conclude their regular season next weekend as they travel Newark, Del. for a meeting with Delaware on Friday.
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