W&M took advantage of the first shot of the game and put it into the back of the net. Senior Ryan Flesch found classmate Jackson Eskay about five yards outside of the box. Jackson Eskay sent a through ball into the box that found Bell. Bell shot and scored into the left corner of the goal. His team-high tying fifth goal of the season lifted the Tribe to a 1-0 lead.
The Tribe just missed a chance to double its lead in the 21st of the match. Jackson Eskay cleared some space and fired a shot that was saved by a diving Kyle Morton. The rebound bounced in front of an empty goal, but Bell’s sliding shot was just wide of the post.
James Madison found the equalizer in the 26th minute. Toby Appleton stole the ball from a Tribe defender about five yards outside of the box. He took a step to his right and launched the ball into the top of the net. His second goal knotted the score at 1-1.
The Dukes put two more shots on frame before the end of the half that redshirt freshman goalkeeper Sam Onyeador stopped. The first came from Billy Metzler in the 30th minute, before Jordan Fox fired a shot in the 45th minute.
W&M opened the second half with the first two shots. The first came off of the foot of Bell in the 46th minute, but it was pushed wide. The second one came from freshman Marcel Berry, who had his shot stopped by Morton.
JMU took its first lead of the night with a marker in the 60th minute of the match. Off of a corner kick sent in by Thomas Shores, Bjarki Adalsteinsson was able to head the ball just under the crossbar and into the net. His first goal of the season lifted James Madison to a 2-1 lead.
The Tribe had a couple of shots two minutes apart from Jackson Eskay. In the 61st minute he fired a shot that had to be saved by Morton, before his shot in the 62nd minute tat was blocked.
James Madison added an insurance goal in the 68th minute. Eric Schmidt sent a through ball that sent Connor Coward free into the box. Coward uncorked his shot into the top right corner of the goal, lifting the Dukes to a 3-1 lead.
W&M fought until the end of the match, but couldn’t find the equalizer. In the 87th minute, sophomore William Eskay fired a shot just wide of the post, which was the Tribe’s final chance.
The Dukes held a 16-11 advantage on shots, but W&M held 6-5 advantage in shots on goal. Bell, who made his first career start, led the Tribe with five shots, while Jackson Eskay fired three.
Both Onyeador and redshirt junior Mac Phillips played in goal for the Tribe in the match. Onyeador recorded a pair of saves.
The Green and Gold return to Williamsburg for a two-match home stand starting on Saturday, Oct. 17 when they host UNCW. The Tribe will also play host to UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Kickoff for both matches is set for 7 p.m.