On campus: JMU looking to keep field hockey streak alive

Published 11:15 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2009

James Madison’s field hockey team will go for its fourth straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship on Saturday and Sunday at Drexel University in Philadelphia. JMU (12-7, 6-2) is the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 Delaware on Saturday. No. 1 Drexel and No. 4 Hofstra complete the field.

Senior Kelsey Cutchins (Lakeland), JMU’s two-time All-American goalkeeper, was named to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team as one of the 25 best field hockey players in the conference’s 25-year history earlier this season. Kelsey Cutchins started all 19 matches for JMU in the regular season and has a 79.6 percent save percentage.

Sophomore Lindsay Cutchins (Lakeland), Kelsey’s younger sister, has three goals, six assists and three defensive saves for the Dukes.

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Jackson State freshman Ben Hunter (Lakeland) helped JSU win the Coca-Cola Minority Invitational at Brownsville Golf Course in Atlanta on Sunday. Hunter, a freshman, shot 78 as JSU had six golfers shoot under 80.

Rain cut the event from three rounds to one. JSU defeated a field of 17 schools and beat second-place Tennessee St. by four strokes.

Sophomore Katelyn Yandle (Nansemond River) has scored four goals in the last two matches for Christopher Newport’s field hockey team.

Last Thursday against No. 8-ranked (nationally, NCAA Div. III) Lynchburg, Yandle scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 12th minute to put CNU up 2-1. CNU went on to a 2-1 win. Yandle scored a hat trick on Saturday as CNU routed Limestone 9-1.

Yandle has six goals and a team-high six assists on the season. Freshman Breanne Lowe (Nansemond River) has played in 14 matches for CNU (14-3).

CNU’s won 12 of its last 13 matches to get to No. 12 in the nation in the National Field Hockey Coaches Poll for Div. III.

Randolph-Macon’s women’s volleyball team won three of four matches last weekend at a tournament at Emory University in Georgia. RMC beat LaGrange, Birmingham Southern and Berry and lost to the No. 4-ranked (NCAA Div. III) hosts.

Senior April Hines (Nansemond River) had 14 kills and 11 blocks in the tournament for the Yellow Jackets.

RMC (25-6, 9-1) enters the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, at Hollins University on Friday and Saturday, as the regular season champions.