Oct. 19, 2009

Courtesy of James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 18, 2009 – North Carolina scored once in each half and posted its 11th shutout of the season to top James Madison 2-0 in a non-conference field hockey match Sunday afternoon at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.  

UNC, ranked second in the Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, improved to 15-0 while JMU fell to 10-5 and had a five-match winning streak snapped.  The Tar Heels have outscored opponents 71-4 for the season.

Illse Davids scored the game winner just before the half on a penalty stroke and Danielle Forward added the other tally in the second half on a penalty corner hit.

UNC led in shots 22-3 and penalty corners 7-4.  Senior Kelsey Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) had 10 saves for JMU while Jackie Kintzer made one stop while collecting her third solo shutout.

The JMU defense was strong through the first half, thwarting the first six shots.  Late in the half, the Tar Heels earned a pair of looks with saves by Cutchins before finally receiving a penalty stroke with under two minutes remaining as a JMU player struck a UNC stick on a shot attempt.  Davids converted the stroke just inside the right post for the 1-0 halftime lead.

The 1-0 score held until 12 minutes into the second half.  On the second of a pair of penalty corners for the Tar Heels, Forward connected on a direct hit from the top for a 2-0 UNC lead.  The assists came from Katelyn Falgowski on the stick stop and Riley Foster on the insert.

JMU will be back in conference play with its final home action next weekend.  The Dukes host William and Mary Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by senior day on Sunday at 1 p.m. against #20 Old Dominion.