HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 31, 2010 - Senior Dolores de Rooij (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands/Erasmiaans) scored her second career hat trick and added an assists to lead James Madison to a 4-1 victory over Northeastern on Sunday afternoon at the JMU Field Hockey Complex.
The Dukes finish their season with a 9-10 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. Northeastern ends its season at 10-10 and will be the three seed in next weekend's CAA Championship with a 5-3 record.
"I believed all season long that we had the potential to play the way we did today," head coach Antoinette Lucas said. "It's a little bittersweet to play so well today, but I am happy for the kids to have this performance."
de Rooij finished with a career-high seven points to move into 10th place on the school's all-time list with 93. The three goals tied her with Traci Forchetti (1998-01) for eighth in school history with 41 while she also moves up to third in game-winning goals with 11. Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) also scored for JMU to give her 19 on the season, the most by a JMU player since Liz Sanders (1997-2000) scored 25 in 2000.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made three saves to improve to 9-6 on the season.
Lindsay Bennett scored her second goal of the season to lead Northeastern.
The Dukes held a 24-5 advantage in shots and a 5-3 lead in penalty corners. Lizzie Priest allowed four goals and made eight saves to fall to 10-10 for the Huskies.
JMU dominated the action throughout the first half, but did not get on the board until 32 minutes in. After a foul on the Huskies, de Rooij took the ball from just outside the circle, made a move to her left and fired a shot that snuck past Priest for her 11th goal of the year.
The Dukes struck again eight and a half minutes into the second half on de Rooij's second goal of the game. Freshman Lise van Dam (The Hague, The Netherlands/Maerlant Lyceum) picked up her first career assist on the play as she centered the ball to de Rooij. Three minutes later, Daniel made it 3-0 when her shot deflected off a defender and floated high up over Priest's head.
de Rooij completed her hat trick in the 53rd minute. Her initial shot was saved by Priest, but the rebound came right back to her and she converted her second opportunity for her 13th goal of the year.
Bennett wrapped up the day's scoring seven minutes later, as she maneuvered around Savage and tipped the ball into a wide open net.
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