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Published 10:47 pm Wednesday, November 19, 2008

No. 12 Virginia upset No. 4 James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. JMU’s season comes to a close with an 18-2 overall record and the program’s third straight conference championship.

Freshman Lindsay Cutchins (Lakeland) scored the first goal of her collegiate career for James Madison, tying the game 1-1 in the 32nd minute. Three minutes later, Virginia scored to retake the lead and the Lady Cavaliers held the lead the rest of the match. Junior Kelsey Cutchins (Lakeland), who was Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association, made six saves in goal for JMU.

Two Christopher Newport teams had different fates in NCAA Tournament play this past weekend.

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CNU’s field hockey team, after an opening round win against Johns Hopkins, lost 6-0 to No. 5 College of New Jersey on Saturday in Medford, Mass. The College of New Jersey led 1-0 at halftime.

CNU, ranked No. 17 in the nation, finishes the season with a 14-6 record. Sophomore forward Katelyn Yandle (Nansemond River) scored eight goals this season for CNU.

CNU’s boys soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament with wins on Friday and Saturday in Pomona, N.J. The Captains defeated Drew 3-1 in the opening round, then beat host school Richard Stockton 3-0 in the second round. Freshman Trevor Moyer (Nansemond River) is a reserve midfielder for CNU.

Christopher Newport (16-4-3) hasn’t reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament since 2000. CNU will host one quadrant of the sectional round this weekend. No. 3 Montclair State and No. 8 Messiah play at 1 p.m. Saturday; unranked CNU and No. 4 Emory follow at 3:30 p.m. The national quarterfinal match is set for Sunday.

Randolph-Macon scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and defeated Hampden-Sydney 31-21 in the 114th meeting between the colleges on Saturday in Farmville. The victory, combined with other results in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Saturday, leapfrogged RMC past HSC and Catholic to the conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

Sophomore Mark Jackson (Nansemond River) is a reserve cornerback for the Yellow Jackets (6-4, 4-2). Junior Adam Gillette (Nansemond-Suffolk) caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown for HSC (8-2, 4-2).

Randolph-Macon drew No. 1 Mount Union, which is a nine-time national champion, for the first round of the playoffs. RMC travels to Ohio for that test on Saturday.

Basketball seasons open

Winthrop freshman Andre Jones (Nansemond River) has seen playing time in each of the Eagles’ first three games. Winthrop opened its season with a victory against Div. II North Greensville, then lost games against South Carolina and Akron.

Jones is averaging 11.0 minutes per game and 5.7 points per game. Next up for Winthrop is a game Friday at No. 21 Davidson.

Averett’s men’s basketball team went 1-1 at the Eastern Mennonite Tip Off-Classic on Saturday and Sunday. The Cougars defeated Bridgewater 84-79, then lost to Eastern Mennonite 76-55.

Freshman Kenny Hart (Nansemond River) averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the tournament and Hart was voted Rookie of the Week in the USA South Conference on Monday. Hart started both games for Averett and scored 13 points against Bridgewater.

Virginia Wesleyan freshman Quinton McDuffie (Nansemond River) is the leading scorer for the Marlins through their first two games of the season, an 88-77 win at Methodist on Saturday and a 71-47 rout over Salisbury on Tuesday in Virginia Beach.

McDuffie had a line of 24 points, with 9-for-11 field-goal shooting, and nine rebounds against Methodist; then 19 points (7-for-11 field goals) and seven rebounds against Salisbury.

The Marlins travel to a tournament in LaGrange, Ga. on Friday and Saturday.

Chowan freshman Ransheda Jennings (King’s Fork) has stepped right into a key role for the Lady Brave basketball team early in the season. Jennings is averaging 17.5 minutes, 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game through Chowan’s first two games.

Chowan lost its first two contests, to Newberry and Mars Hill.

Chowan’s men’s basketball team is also 0-2 early in the season after losses to Div. I Campbell and Barton.

In the 74-67 loss against Barton, Jaleel Nelson (Lakeland) led Chowan with 19 points. Nelson, a junior, is averaging 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore Mark Brown (Nansemond River) is averaging 6.5 points per game.

Apprentice is off to a 3-0 start after three games in the days in northern New England. On Friday in Manchester, N.H., the Builders beat Hesser 101-74. On Saturday and Sunday in the Seawolves Invitational in Portland, Maine, Apprentice beat Central Maine C.C. 90-55, then Southern Maine C.C. 103-70.

Eric Ruffin (Lakeland) is averaging 16.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game, along with shooting 67.7 percent from the field for the Builders. Eric Joe (Nansemond River) is averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Fred Spratley (Nansemond River) is averaging 11.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and Thomas Scott (Lakeland) is averaging 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Apprentice plays in a tournament at Averett on Saturday and Sunday.

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Randolph-Macon junior April Hines (Nansemond River) was selected second team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference for the women’s volleyball season. Hines, a middle hitter for the Lady Yellow Jackets, was a second-team honoree last season as well.

Hines finished the season with 216 kills. RMC finished with a 24-9, 9-1 record.

Old Dominion freshman Phillip Brooks (Nansemond-Suffolk) took part in four events for Old Dominion’s swimming and diving team in a CAA meet at James Madison on Nov. 1. ODU posted wins over Drexel and William and Mary to improve to 3-0 this season.

Brooks was fifth of 11 swimmers, and the third best Monarch, in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.38). Brooks also competed in the 200-yard breaststroke (6th of 10, 2:14.32), the 200-yard individual medley (7th of 10, 2:02.03) and as a member of ODU’s “B” team in the 200-yard freestyle relay.