WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 19, 2009 - Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) scored her eighth goal of the year, but No. 18 American came from behind to defeat No. 17 James Madison in field hockey in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
The Dukes, ranked 18th in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, fell to 0-5 in one-goal games and dropped to 3-5 this season. American won its fifth straight to improve to 5-2.
Daniel leads the Colonial Athletic Association with eight goals. She scored on a penalty stroke nine minutes into the game. She has a team-high 20 points after entering the season with 14 career points.
American outshot Madison 11-1 and held a 4-1 advantage in penalty corners. Redshirt sophomore Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made four saves, but fell to 3-5 on the season.
Shelly Montgomery had two goals on three shots to lead the Eagles. Shay Smith and Alex McMackin each added assists. Hannah Weitzmann did not make a save, but picked up the win to improve to 5-3.
Eight minutes after JMU took the lead, American tied the as Smith set a pass across the circle where Montgomery knocked it in at the left post. The score remained tied until the final minute of the first half when Montgomery notched her second of the game and her third of the season.
The Dukes return to the field on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the JMU Field Hockey Complex against Longwood.
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