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Lady Warrior sees action for JMU

James Madison freshman Stephanie Tarafas (Nansemond River) saw her first action as JMU’s goalkeeper Friday and Sunday as the Lady Dukes split two field hockey matches.


Stephanie Tarafas

At Virginia Commonwealth Friday, Tarafas came on at halftime with JMU trailing 3-1. JMU scored twice to force overtime before VCU scored 6:54 into overtime to win 4-3. Tarafas made three saves. Junior back Lindsay Cutchins (Lakeland) had two assists for JMU.

On Sunday in Harrisonburg, JMU beat Radford 6-1. Tarafas got her first start for JMU, playing the first half and saving four of five Lady Highlander shots on goal.

Cutchins had a goal and two assists, giving her six goals and 12 assists for the season. Junior back Lynsey Daughtrey (Lakeland) started and had a shot on goal for RU (8-5).

JMU (8-7) travels to face No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

Former Nansemond River quarterback Dominic Strand came on in relief and preserved a 17-14 win for Elizabeth City State over visiting Virginia Union Saturday.


Dominic Strand

ECSU’s starting quarterback was sacked and injured late in the first half with the Vikings leading 14-7.

Strand, a junior who transferred to ECSU from Norfolk State, led the Vikings on a 14-play drive for a 34-yard field goal late in the third period to put ECSU up 17-14. Strand finished 8-for-13 passing for 82 yards.

ECSU (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) plays Virginia State Thursday at 8 p.m. in Petersburg.

Christopher Newport won its 10th straight field hockey match Saturday, beating visiting Mary Washington 3-1.

Senior Katelyn Yandle (Nansemond River) assisted on the goal to put CNU up 2-0 and scored her 11th goal of the season to make it 3-0 Lady Captains in the 54th minute.

CNU (12-1) is No. 7 in the nation in NCAA Division III. CNU’s off until Oct. 18 and a trip to Johns Hopkins.