Harrisonburg, Va. – The Drexel women's field hockey team defeated James Madison, 4-3, after double overtime and penalty strokes in the teams' Colonial Athletic Association conference opener. Senior Ashley Santee had the game-winning goal. Drexel improved to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while the Dukes dropped 3-4 on the season.
With 11:16 into the opening half, Junior Amanda Fleischut received a pass from teammate Elizabeth Koch and fired a shot from the top of the circle to give the Dragons an early 1-0 lead. James Madison's Ysaline Nobels looked to put points on the board for the Dukes, but her shot was blocked by sophomore back Kristen Focht. At 20:40, freshman Alexandra Atiyeh deflected Fleischut's pass and put the ball past James Madison's Margo Savage. Drexel lead by two, 2-0, but the Dukes' Taylor West chopped the lead to half scoring off of a penalty corner. The Dragons held the 2-1 lead as the first half expired.
The Dukes turned up the momentum at the beginning of the second half. At 7:44, James Madison's Taylor West tipped the ball past Drexel's Kim Chiarelli to tie the game, 2-2. West scored her third goal of the game from James Madison's Dana Allaband's pass and gave the Dukes their first lead of the game, 3-2. With 6:48 remaining in the contest, freshman Meghan Plank controlled the ball from a rebound and tied the game, 3-3. Both teams were unable to score as the second half came to an end.
After two well played overtime periods, Sofia Sanguinetti, Kristen Focht, Meghan Plank, and Ashley Santee all delivered on their penalty corner attempts. Senior goalkeeper Brooke Underwood switched with Kim Chiarelli in the final moments and helped the Dragons gain a 4-2 advantage over James Madison in strokes.
The Dragons outshout James Madison, 24-14. James Madison held a slim 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. Freshman Alexandra Atiyeh and Meghan Plank scored their first collegiate goals against the Dukes. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Kim Chiarelli posted four saves in 100 minutes of action against James Madison. She now has 16 saves on the season. Brooke Underwood earned her fifth career win.
The Drexel women's field hockey will travel to VCU for a conference match-up on Sunday at noon.