JMU field hockey drops double OT heartbreaker to Delaware, 6-5
Delaware scored the golden goal with just 2:19 left to play in the second overtime to bring the James Madison field hockey team’s comeback bid just short as the Dukes fell 6-5 in double overtime to the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Blue Hens in both teams’ league opener on Friday night at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
Overtime was set up for the fifth time this season as the Dukes scored a pair of goals over the final 3:38 of regulation. After a called timeout and trailing by two (5-3) with the clock ticking down, junior forward Danni Wilson (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) came in hard from the right side and dialed a shot into the cage to cut JMU’s deficit to one at 5-4 with less than four minutes left to play. It was her first goal of the season.
On the whistle, hard play by both teams resulted in back-and-forth possessions between the Dukes and Blue Hens. With less than a minute left on the clock, junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Alexander Road) secured the ball and fired in the game-tying goal. While the goal was originally waived off, the officials met and after a brief discussion, the goal was deemed good with 25 seconds left in regulation.
The Blue Hens’ Jacki Coveleski scored the winning goal in the 98th minute of play off a high shot into the left corner after picking up the quick right-side pass from Taylor Lister three meters inside the circle.
The teams drew even on penalty corners at 6-6. Delaware earned the 19-10 advantage in shots, including a 4-1 edge in the second overtime and led the Dukes 14-7 in shots-on-goal. JMU goalkeepers, however, combined for eight saves while the Blue Hens’ goalkeeper Fran Orella only made two saves en route to the win (6-5). Freshman Sara Kraeutler (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) tallied the loss for JMU, the first of her career (1-1).
Redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) tied a game-high with four points, scoring one goal and assisting on two others. Her goal in the 33rd minute of play, a high lifted shot from the right side, tied the game at 2-2.
West assisted on senior forward Bethany Ashworth’s (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) goal just 11:02 into the game, a tipped-in pass from the left side, to create the first tie of the game (1-1). She also dropped off a corner pass to junior back Loes Stijntjes(Steenokkerzeel, Belgium/Heilig Hartcollege) in the 50th minute of action to pull the Dukes within one (4-3).
JMU returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 5 as the Dukes welcome Towson to Harrisonburg, Virginia for their second CAA contest of 2014. Play begins at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MadiZONE HD SportsNet, presented by the JMU Alumni Association.