HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 22, 2010 - Senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans) struck for a pair of first-half goals and James Madison held on to defeat Longwood 3-2 in a non-conference field hockey match Wednesday evening at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
JMU, ranked 20th in the Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, improved to 4-5 for the season and 4-2 at home. Longwood dropped to 2-6.
"We're excited to have the win," said coach Antoinette Lucas. "We'll certainly take the win and we're excited to get into conference play this weekend."
Both of de Rooij's goals came on penalty corners as the senior drilled a pair of shots past Longwood goalkeeper Kaye Goulding from the top of the circle. It was the fourth and fifth goal of the season for de Rooij and gave her 33 for her career. Junior Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) and sophomore Auburn Weisensale (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) assisted on both goals.
Redshirt freshman Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) also scored for the Dukes. It was her second goal of the season. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made nine saves on 11 shots on goal to improve to 4-5.
Longwood led in shots 15-12 while JMU held a 5-4 advantage in penalty corners. Goulding made five saves for the Lancers, but allowed three goals to drop to 1-6 in 2010.
Lauren Sullivan had a goal and an assist to lead Longwood. Amanda Babineau chipped in with her third goal of the season.
JMU grabbed the lead six minutes into the game on the second of consecutive penalty corners. Cutchins inserted the ball to Weisensale who set it up for de Rooij to drive past Goulding on the left side.
The Dukes second goal game nearly 10 minutes later on a play nearly identical to the first goal, with de Rooij beating Goulding to her right this time.
The Lancers cut the lead in half six minutes later. Sullivan broke free at the top of the circle and sent a pass to the left side of the net where Babineau knocked it past Savage.
The score remained 2-1 until early in the second half when Wein collected a blocked shot at the left post and beat Goulding for an unassisted goal.
Longwood cut the lead in half again seven minutes later as Sullivan tipped in a rebound after Babineau's initial shot struck the post and deflected in front of the net.
Both teams had several opportunities over the final 19 minutes of play, but Savage made several key saves to make the one-goal lead stand up.
JMU returns to the field on Friday in Towson, Md. as the Dukes open Colonial Athletic Association play against the Tigers at 6 p.m.
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