Sept. 22, 2004
The Virginia field hockey team used seven saves by Logan Carr, including two in overtime, and a reverse stick chip shot by Mia Link, also in overtime, to overcome a furious rally by James Madison to defeat the Dukes 3-2 in extra time today (Sep 22) in Harrisonburg. Virginia (6-3) methodically forged a 2-0 lead, holding the Dukes at bay for the majority of the game and not allowing JMU (1-7) any appreciable time below the 25 before a valiant rally by JMU in the final two minutes of regulation forced the extra time.
The Cavaliers controlled the early part of the play, but it was Madison who took the first short corner, notching four shots in the sequence as the first three were all rejected by Carr. That was the only offense for the Dukes, as Virginia out shot (7-4) and out-cornered (3-2) JMU in the first 35 minutes, but it was not until the final minute that the Hoos were able to convert. A Katie Jo Gerfen steal in the midfield gave Virginia possession, and Katie Phillips took the ball into the circle where she drew a short corner. Gerfen's shot was saved, but Biffy Cornelison was there to slip home the rebound at 34:15, putting Virginia up 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, Madison picked up the offensive pressure but the Cavaliers continued to deny the Dukes from getting on the scoreboard thanks to a solid defensive effort in the back third by Julianne Bojanic, Dana Anderson and Erin Hayes. Virginia continued to attack at the other end, and the Cavaliers' persistence was rewarded as midway through the period, Sarah Miller laid the ball upfield for Phillips, who ran onto the ball and attacked the circle where she drew a short corner. On the play, Phillips' initial shot was saved by Lori Amico but the rebound went to Amy Marotta, who scored her first collegiate goal at 50:38 to put Virginia up 2-0.
The Dukes' offense came to life and staged a furious comeback as they drew a short corner with just over two minutes to play. Baillie Versfeld took the injection, passed it off to Heidi Beck on her right, and took the return pass and slammed it into the cage to cut the deficit to one at 68:02. With less than a minute to play, JMU drew another short corner. Again Versfeld took the injection and passed it off to Beck, who took the shot herself to tie the game with 17 seconds left in regulation.
In the extra time, JMU attacked quickly but both shots were denied by Carr. Virginia continued to take the ball upfield, and Miller intercepted a pass at midfield. She took the ball up the right side of the pitch, drawing her defender before laying a pass across to Link. Link collected the ball at the top of the circle and hit a reverse stick chip to the upper corner to win the game for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers close out their six game road trip with a contest at Old Dominion on Sunday (Sept 26). Game time against the Lady Monarchs is 1:00.
Linescore 1 2 et F (records)
Virginia 1 1 1 3 (6-3)
Madison 0 2 0 2 (1-7)
34:15 VA pc Cornelison 1-0
50:38 VA pc Marotta 2-0
68:02 JM pc Versfeld (Beck) 2-1
69:43 JM pc Beck (Versfeld) 2-2
74:32 VA fg Link (Miller) 3-2
Keepers: VA: Carr (74:32 mins, 7 svs, 2 GA)
JM: Amico (74:32, 4 svs, 3 GA)
Shots: VA 13, JM 15
Corners: VA 7, JM 8