RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 8, 2010 - Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) scored on a penalty corner with four minutes remaining in the second half to force overtime, but James Madison field hockey ultimately fell 4-3 to Colonial Athletic Association-rival Virginia Commonwealth at Cary Street Field in Richmond, Va. on Friday evening.
The Dukes lost their second straight game, each by one goal, to fall to 7-7 overall and 3-2 in the CAA. VCU improved to 9-4 and 4-1 in conference play.
Daniel finished the game with two goals, giving her a CAA-best 16 goals and 39 points in 2010. Sophomore Auburn Weisensale (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) added her fifth goal of the season while junior Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) added two assists. Senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans) chipped in with her third assists of the year.
Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River) appeared in her first career game, relieving starter Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) in the second half. The rookie made three saves, but took to the loss to fall to 0-1. Savage made one save in the first 35 minutes.
Kelsey Scherrer had two goals and an assist for the Rams, including the game-winner 6:54 into overtime. Twins Marle and Flore van Dressel each scored a goal while Stephanie DeMasi chipped in with two assists.
Erin Jablonski went the distance for VCU to pick up the win and improve to 8-4. She made five saves.
The Dukes held a 14-12 advantage in shots and a 9-3 lead in penalty corners. JMU outshot the Rams 8-3 in the second half and had six of the seven penalty corner.
VCU jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:41 into the first half. Scherrer pounced on a Madison turnover and converted it into an unassisted goal. Six minutes later, Marle van Dressel made it 2-0 with a blast off a penalty corner.
Daniel cut into the lead seven minutes later, converting on a JMU penalty corner. Cutchins picked up the assist on the play after inserting the ball to the Mountain Top, Pa. native.
The Rams carried a 3-1 advantage into halftime after Flore van Dressel beat Savage on a blast from the top of the circle on a VCU penalty corner.
Weisensale made it 3-2 nine minutes into half number two as she received a pass from de Rooij and deposited into the right side of the cage. With four minutes remaining in the game, Daniel evened the score when her rocket from the top of the circle was deflected off a VCU stick and over Jablonski's shoulder.
Scherrer's game-winner came on a breakaway six minutes into overtimes. Marle van Dressel slid a pass across the scoring circle that Scherrer deflected into the left side of the net.
The Dukes return home on Sunday, Oct. 10, as they play host to Radford at 1 p.m.
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