RICHMOND, Va. – It looks like the Virginia Commonwealth University Field Hockey team is getting the hang of overtime.
Virginia Commonwealth University won its third overtime match in a month when sophomore Kelsey Scherrer (Chesapeake, Va.) scored 6:54 into the extra period to lift the Rams to a 4-3 victory over James Madison Friday night a Cary Street Field.
VCU has won nine of 11 matches to improve to 9-4 overall, including 4-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Earlier this season the Rams snapped a nine-match overtime losing streak. Now, VCU has won three in a row in extra time. James Madison slips to 7-7 overall and 3-2 in the CAA.
The victory also moves the Black and Gold half a game ahead of Old Dominion for second place in the CAA standings. ODU lost to Drexel Friday night to slide to 3-1 in league play. VCU and ODU meet on Oct. 22 in Norfolk, Va.
With the score tied a 3-3, Scherrer ran onto and deflected a hard through ball from senior Marle van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) up and over JMU keeper Stephanie Tarafas for the victory. The goal set off an electric celebration by the Rams, who had not defeated James Madison since 2004.
VCU surpassed its win total from last season with Friday's victory and has now won four CAA matches for the first time since 2003.
Scherrer finished with two goals and an assist on the evening. The 2009 All-CAA Second Team pick scored just 1:41 into the contest when she intercepted a loose ball deep in the Dukes' zone and chipped it into the cage. Scherrer has a team-high nine goals and 22 points this season.
Marle and Flore van Dessel each scored a goal off a penalty corner in the first half as the Rams stormed out to a 3-1 advantage.
James Madison countered in the second half with goals by Auburn Weisensale and Amy Daniel in the 45th and 66th minutes, respectively, to send the game to overtime.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Jablonski (Charlottesville, Va.) recorded nine saves between the pipes for the Rams, including a critical rejection during a penalty corner early in overtime.
VCU returns to Cary Street Field on Wednesday, Oct. 13, when it steps out of conference to host Longwood at 6 p.m.