HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 3, 2010 - Kim Tunell had a goal and an assist to No. 18 Drexel to a 3-1 lead and the Dragons held off a furious James Madison rally to defeat the Dukes 3-2 at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The loss ended JMU's winning streak at four games and dropped it to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel improved to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
"Statistically we outshot them and out-cornered them, but they took advantage of their opportunities," said head coach Antoinette Lucas. "They scouted us well and we didn't capitalize on our chances."
Two of the three Drexel goals came off penalty corners including Tunell's third goal of the season. Preseason CAA Player of the Year Christina Mastropaolo scored her 10th goal of the season and added an assist for the Dragons while Lindsay McArdle added her first career goal.
DU goalkeeper Jenna Phillips made eight saves, including several big ones late in the second half, to improve to 8-3 on the season.
The Dukes got goals from seniors Becky Hilgar (Barto, Pa./Upper Perkiomen Valley) and Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans). For Hilgar it was her third goal in the last two games. Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) had two assists to give her a CAA-leading 35 points this season.
The Dukes outshot the Dragons 18-15 and held an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners. Redshirt sophomore Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made five saves to drop 7-6 in 2010.
Drexel grabbed the lead 7:29 into the first half on the game's first penalty corner. Tunell blast from the top of the circle was deflected by McArdle high up over Savage's shoulder.
The Dukes evened things four minutes later on a penalty corner of their own. Hilgar deflected Daniel's pass into a wide open net for her third goal of the year.
Things remained tied until DU won another penalty corner in the 25th minute. Mastropaolo inserted the ball to Sofia Sanguinetti who set the ball up for Tunell who's drive beat Savage at the right post. Mastropaolo made it 3-1 early in the second half as she knocked home Amanda Fleischut's pass from the left side of the circle.
The Dukes took a timeout after the Mastropaolo goal and responded immediately. Daniel since a long pass down the right side to de Rooij. The senior's shot was deflected up in the air by Phillips and trickled across the line.
JMU returns to the field next Friday in Richmond, Va. as it will take on Virginia Commonwealth at 6 p.m.
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