HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 4, 2010 - Senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans) scored with 8:14 remaining to No. 13 Louisville's lead in half, but the Cardinals held off a late flurry by No. 12 James Madison for a 2-1 win at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Saturday.
The Dukes dropped to 2-1 with the loss after opening the season last weekend with a pair of shutout victories. Louisville improved to 2-1.
"The last 10 minutes were really fantastic for us," said head coach Antoinette Lucas. "We played hard. We played the way we can. The first 60 is a concern."
Louisville notched the opening goal of the match just 25 seconds into the game before expanded their lead with a second half goal. After a timeout with just under 10 minutes remaining, JMU cut the lead in half and just missed on several more attempts during the final minutes.
The Cardinals outshot the Dukes 14-8, including a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. Madison held the edge in penalty corners 3-2, but did not win a corner during the second half.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made four saves while Louisville's Erin Conrad turned aside two shots.
LU struck first as Simone Attles deposited her first goal of the season just 25 second into the game. Attles picked up a rebound in front of the net and slipped a shot past Savage for the early goal.
The teams traded chances for the remainder of the first half and the early part of the second before Erin Schneidtmiller made it 2-0 in favor of the Cardinals. Nicole Youman got free down the left side to start a two-on-one fast break. She slid a pass across the circle that Schneidtmiller knocked into a wide open net.
JMU's goal came 16 minutes later as de Rooij field a pass in the middle of the circle and backhanded a shot past Conrad. Sophomore Tori Lindsey (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) got the assist on the play after centering the ball from the right endline.
The Dukes return to the field on Sunday as they take on No. 10 Duke at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 2 p.m.
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