TOWSON, Md., Sept. 24, 2010 - Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) scored two goals, including the game-winner with 15 minutes left to play, to lead No. 20 James Madison field hockey to a 3-2 win over Towson in the opening game of Colonial Athletic Association play in Towson, Md. on Friday evening.
The Dukes, ranked 20th in the Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, won its second straight game to improve to 5-5 overall and 1-0 in the CAA. JMU has won two straight one-goal decisions after starting the season 0-5 when the score was decided by a single tally. Towson dropped to 4-5 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
Daniel's game-winning goal came in the 55th minute on a penalty stroke. It was the senior's team-leading 10th goal of the season and her second game-winner. The goal came 55 seconds after Kim Schnell robbed Daniel of a goal with a defensive save.
Junior Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) had a goal and an assist while senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans) chipped in with her first assists of the season. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made four saves to improve to 5-5 in 2010.
Janine Kovach had a goal and an assist to lead the Tigers. Schnell scored her first goal of the season and Blythe Mackie added an assist.
JMU outshot Towson 12-11 while the Tigers held a 10-9 advantage in penalty corners. Whitney Clugston made five saves, but allowed three goals to drop to 4-5.
Daniel opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game as she rocketed a shot off a penalty corner past Clugston for her ninth goal of the season. Cutchins inserted the ball to Daniel to pick up her team-high sixth assist of the year.
Schnell responded 10 minutes later with her own goal off a penalty corner. Towson took a 2-1 lead early in the second half as Kovach won a scramble in front of the net and beat Savage for her first goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, Cutchins recorded her fourth goal of the campaign, taking a feed from de Rooij and beating Clugston to even the score.
The Dukes took the lead for good on Daniel's penalty stroke.
JMU continues CAA play on Sunday in Newark, Del. as they take on defending conference champions Delaware at Rullo Stadium at 1 p.m.
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