PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Nov. 2, 2012 – Freshman back Loes Stijntjes (België, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) tied the game with 20.9 second remaining in regulation and junior midfielder Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) struck for the game-winner 1 minute, 59 seconds into overtime to lift the third-seeded James Madison field hockey team to a 3-2 win over sixth-seeded Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championship on Friday.
JMU advances to the semifinals, where it takes on second-seeded Northeastern at Buckley Field on the campus of Drexel University. That game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start on Saturday. The win also improved Madison to 11-7 on the season while Hofstra finished its season at 7-12.
Goldstein’s game-winning goal came early in the first overtime period. She found herself with the ball inside the scoring area and lifted a shot up into the upper corner of the goal for her second tally of the season. It was her fourth career goal and her second game-winning goal. The Dukes improved to 5-1 in overtime this season, including winning two straight in the extra period. Of Madison’s 18 games this season, 15 of them were decided by one goal with JMU sporting a 9-6 record in those contests.
Stijntjes saved the JMU season in the final minute of regulation as she evened the score on a last-minute penalty corner. Senior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) inserted a pass to sophomore back Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) who stopped the ball and set it up for a shot from the rookie from Belgium. Stijntjes, a Second Team All-CAA and All-Rookie selection, drilled a low, hard shot that found its way through a tangle of sticks and legs and into the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Allaband picked up her ninth assist of the season on the play.
Goldstein and Stijntjes were joined in the scoring column by redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) while Allaband had the team’s only assist. Wein and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) tied for the team lead with two shots each.
Hofstra received goals from forward Jonel Boileau and Micaela Gallagher. Midfielder Codi Nyland added an assist while Boileau had a game-high seven shots, including four shots on goal. Gallaher added three shots and midfielder Holly Andrew had two shots.
Freshman goalkeeper Lena Wimmert (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Lise-Meitner Gymnasium) earned the win to improve to 11-7 on the season. The Second Team All-CAA selection made five saves and allowed two goals in 71 minutes, 59 seconds of action.
Kaitlyn De Turo took the loss for Hofstra to drop to 7-12. She allowed three goals and made two saves for the Pride. Defensive back Melissa McCarthy contributed a defensive save.
Hofstra outshot Madison 13-8 for the game, including a 8-1 advantage in the first half. The Dukes led 3-1 in penalty corners and held a 5-3 lead in saves.
Boileau opened the game’s scoring in the 51st minute. Nyland sent a long pass from outside the scoring area toward the front of the net. Boileau broke free from her mark and redirected the ball just enough to sneak by Wimmert and into the corner of the goal. It was her team-leading 12th goal of the season
A little over 11 minutes later, Wein tallied to even the score at one. She dribbled through the Hofstra defense and found an opening to sneak the ball into the side of the cage. It tied her with West for the team lead in goals with seven.
It took less than 90 seconds for Hofstra to find itself back in front as Gallagher struck for her seventh goal of the year. Boileau fired a shot that was saved by Wimmert, but Gallagher found the rebound and knocked it into the goal.
The 2012 CAA Championship continues on Saturday with semifinal action. Top-seeded Hofstra hosts fifth-seeded Delaware at noon before Madison takes on second-seeded Northeastern at 2:30 p.m. Early on Friday, Delaware downed fourth-seeded William & Mary, 3-2.
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