HARRISONBURG, Va. – One of the most thrilling moments of the 2010 VCU Field Hockey season was its dramatic 4-3 overtime home victory over in-state and CAA rival, James Madison.
One day before the year anniversary of that victory saw the two teams meet once again. This time, the Dukes exacted revenge with a double-overtime victory of their own, 2-1, over the Black & Gold in Harrisonburg on Friday night.
"Double overtime is always a heartbreaking way to lose a game," Head Coach Kelly McQaude said. "We fought and battled throughout, but unfortunately didn't get the result we wanted. We need to continue to work hard and try and find ways to win."
The first half saw pressure from both sides but neither were able to find the back of the cage, thanks in large part to the efforts of sophomore defender Steph DeMasi and senior goalkeeper Erin Jablonski. JMU was able to rattle off six shots on goal, but Jablonski knocked them all away to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Second half was much of the same, but the Dukes' relentess shot attempts finally broke through in the 64th minute when Lindsay Cutchins found a rebound and put it into the back of the cage for a 1-0 advantage.
The resilient Rams answered four minutes later when DeMasi set up junior Melanie Marotta off a corner and Marotta blasted a shot past the JMU keeper to even the score at 1-1 with just over two minutes to play.
In overtime it went and freshman Kendell Combs would have two shots early, but they were both turned away Margo Savage, the Dukes' keeper.
Jablonski would continue to turn away shots in the first overtime with four saves in the first 15 minute period, but the second overtime would be the breaking point.
Just 27 seconds into the second overtime, Auburn Weisensale would center a pass for Jenna Taylor, who got a shot past Jablonski and gave JMU the 2-1 victory.
On the night, Jablonski registered a career-high 14 saves while DeMasi picked up her seventh assist of the season. The goal was Marotta's second of the year.
VCU will return to action on Sunday when they host Pacific in a non-conference showdown. Game time at Cary Street Field is set for 12 p.m.