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SECOND HALF SURGE LEADS JMU FIELD HOCKEY PAST RADFORD, 6-1
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/10/2010
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 10, 2010 - James Madison field hockey outscored Radford 5-0 in the second half, including a pair of goals from senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans), on its way to beating the Highlanders 6-1 at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Sunday afternoon.

The Dukes snapped their two-game losing streak to improve to 8-7 on the season.  Radford lost for the fourth time in its last six games to drop to 8-5.

"A 6-1 win is always nice," head coach Antoinette Lucas said. "We've challenged the kids to put more fight into their game and the first half was pretty awful.  The second half we played much better, but we have a little way to go as far as the passion we want to play with."

The two goals by de Rooij gives her 37 for her career and moved her into a tie for 11th with Melissa Stefaniak (2005-08) on JMU's all-time list.  She also added an assist to move into 15th on the career points list with 84.

Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) chipped in with two goals to give her a Colonial Athletic Association-leading 18.  Junior Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) added a goal and two assists and redshirt freshman Courtney Versfeld (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent) wrapped up the scoring with her first career goal.

Freshman Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) made her first career start in goal, making four saves and allowing one goal in 35 minutes of work.  Redshirt sophomore Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) took over in the second half and picked up the win to improve to 8-6.

Jennifer Balka led the Highlanders with her fourth goal of the season.  Megan Lenhardt had a team-high three shots.  Jennifer Wisniewski made nine saves, but took the loss to drop to 8-5.

JMU held a 26-12 advantage in shots, including leading 19-5 in the second half, and led 13-6 in penalty corners.

Daniel started the scoring just two and a half minutes into the first half on a Madison penalty corner.  Cutchins inserted the ball to senior Randi Segear (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Coughlin) who stopped it for a Daniel blast that beat the keeper to the left side.

Radford evened things up late in the first half as Balka deflected in a rebound after Tarafas stopped the original shot.

The Dukes took over in the second half on de Rooij's eight goal of the season.  Senior Becky Hilgar (Barto, Pa./Upper Perkiomen Valley) slid a centering pass from the right baseline to de Rooij who beat Wisniewski at the right post.  Nearly 10 minutes later, Daniel made it 3-1 with her second penalty-corner goal of the game.

Cutchins made it 4-1 as she received a pass from sophomore Tori Lindsey (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) at the left post and slipped it into the empty net.  It was her sixth goal of the season.  Versfeld knocked in a rebound to make it 5-1 before de Rooij capped the day's scoring with JMU's fourth penalty corner goal of the game.

Next up for Madison is a trip to defending national champion North Carolina next Sunday, Oct. 17 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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