JMU roundup: Stijntjes leads Dukes in field hockey

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RICHMOND — A golden goal by junior back Loes Stijntjes sealed the James Madison field hockey team’s come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory against VCU at Cary Street Field in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday afternoon.

This marks the Dukes’ fourth overtime game in 2014 and their third victory by a golden goal this season as they improved to 6-1 overall. The Rams dropped to 1-6 on the year.

With less than two minutes to play in the first overtime period, freshman forward Hannah Hall drove the ball toward the attacking circle before dropping it back to an approaching Stijntjes. Stijntjes then dribbled around the left side of the circle and past a defender before her game-winning shot found the corner of the cage for the 3-2 win.

JMU outshot VCU 19-5 overall, including a 6-1 advantage in the overtime period. The Dukes also earned 14 penalty corners compared to the Rams’ four overall with a 5-0 edge during overtime.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah George tallied the win (5-1) while Kendall Clifton earned the loss (1-6).

VCU struck first in the game as Alexis Albright tipped a corner shot into the high right corner for the first tally of the game and a 1-0 lead for the Rams with 18:00 to play in the first half.

JMU held possession of the ball for much of the final 18 minutes of the first stanza, earning three of its four first-half corners and taking five shots. Officials waived off the game-tying goal following the Dukes’ third corner of the afternoon, leaving the Rams with a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Less than five minutes after halftime, JMU tied the game at 1-1 as the Dukes earned a corner and converted off a straight shot by redshirt-junior midfielder Taylor West, assisted by junior midfielder Adrienne le Vatte and senior back Dana Allaband.

The Rams regained the lead with a tally in the 52nd minute of play. Kendall Combs came in hard from the left side and drove the ball into the lower right corner to post a 2-1 lead for the Rams.

The Dukes, however, capitalized on another corner four minutes later to tie the game at 2-2. Allaband squared up to accept the pass in from le Vatte and dropped it off to West who fired straight past the goalkeeper.

Just before the end of regulation, VCU earned a penalty corner and the final shot of regulation. With no time remaining on the clock, the Rams fired in a shot from the left top of the circle, but the JMU defense swarmed and was able to clear the ball, sending the game into extra time.

JMU returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 28 at No. 19 Old Dominion. Action begins at L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, at 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis
ELON, N.C. – The James Madison men’s tennis team began competition at its second tournament of the fall on Friday with day one of the Elon Fall Invitational at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C.

Eight Dukes competed in the opening rounds-of-16 over five singles draws, earning three victories on the afternoon.

Junior Robert Stirling posted a win in his first singles match of the season on Friday, a two-set victory (7-5, 6-1) over Campbell’s Adrien Rossignon in the A2 Singles Draw. Freshman Stephen Goldman powered to his own two-set win (6-1, 7-6 (6)) in the B2 Singles Draw over Georgia Southern’s Nico De Groof.

Sophomore Sebastian Salinas battled a full three sets for his opening round win in the A1 Singles Draw. After opening the match with a 6-3 win in set one against Georgia Southern’s Kyle Hoffman, Hoffman fought back for the 6-4 victory in set two to knot the match at 1-all. Salinas settled in and pulled out the 10-7 tiebreaker win in set three for the match tally.

Also in the A1 Singles Draw, sophomore Brett Moorhead suffered his first singles loss of the fall campaign. After falling behind 1-0 to Philippe Tsargarides in a 7-6(3) decision in set one, Moorhead came back for the 6-3 win in set two to tie the match. After battling hard, Moorhead was unable to overcome Tsargarides and fell 10-8 in the decisive set three.

Junior Maxi Branth fell in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) to Alex Croker (UNC-A) in the A2 Singles Draw while sophomore Miljan Ruzic dropped a two-set match (7-6(1), 6-1) to William East in the B1 Singles Draw.

Freshman Tim Portnov lost to Igor Braga in straight sets (6-0, 6-2) in the C2 Singles Draw. Sophomore Alex Berdnikoff suffered a two-set setback (7-6(4), 6-3) to Tamina Kienka in the B2 Singles Draw.

The Dukes return to action on Saturday for both singles and doubles matches at the Elon Fall Invitational.