HARRISONBURG, Va. - In possibly its most dominating performance of the season, No. 17 ranked Richmond possessed the ball throughout the evening and freshman Taylor Deitrick's 10th goal of the season was all the scoring the Spiders needed in a 1-0 victory.
From the outset, the Spiders took control and maintained possession of the ball in the James Madison end of the field for most of the night. Late in the game, the Dukes had a few chances to score, but sophomore back Samantha Ostoich came up with some great stops on penalty corners and junior goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski made two saves for her fourth shutout in the last five games.
The Spiders were unable to score in the first half, but less than four minutes into the second half Deitrick took the ball in from the right side and her shot deflected off a James Madison player's foot for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Deitrick, who has scored in each of the Spiders' last three games, was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season yesterday.
Richmond had only won once in 17 previous visits to JMU, but the Spiders were able to score a goal on Tuesday against a Dukes defense that bends, but doesn't break often. JMU entered the game fifth in the nation in goals against average (1.11) and fourth in save percentage (.826). The Dukes also ranked 14th in the nation shutouts (4).
The Spiders (11-4, 3-0 Atlantic 10) have won six-straight games and eight of the last nine. After winning three road games in five days, Richmond returns home to host Saint Joseph's on Friday and Temple on Sunday for Senior Day.