Lady Dukes beat VCU in 2 OTs

Published 8:42 pm Monday, October 10, 2011

James Madison won an in-state and Colonial field hockey marathon 2-1 over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday in Harrisonburg.


JMU senior back Lindsay Cutchins (Lakeland) gave the hosts the lead with her second goal of the season, coming with only 6:03 left in regulation.

VCU kept the match going with a tying goal with 2:18 remaining.

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James Madison’s Jenna Taylor scored 5:27 into the second overtime period for the sudden-death winner.

Freshman forward Kendell Combs (Lakeland) led VCU with five shots on goal.

JMU (5-7, 2-3 CAA) plays at Longwood on Thursday before facing the top two teams in the nation, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 1 Old Dominion.

The top-ranked Lady Monarchs won twice over the weekend and, at 14-0, are the last unbeaten field hockey team left in the nation.

ODU won 4-0 at Towson Friday evening. The Lady Monarchs outshot Towson 21-2 and had a 20-0 advantage in penalty corners.

On Sunday in Philadelphia, ODU overcame allowing a goal in the second minute to edge Drexel 2-1.

The Lady Monarchs and Lady Dragons met in last season’s CAA Tournament final with ODU winning in double overtime.

In Sunday’s contest, ODU outshot Drexel 24-3. Junior Maartje van Rijswijk scored an unassisted goal eight minutes into the second half to give ODU the lead.

Next up for ODU is a rematch with Maryland in College Park, Md. ODU beat then-No. 1 Maryland 4-0 on Sept. 2. The Lady Terrapins are the defending national champions.

Liberty won back-to-back field hockey matches last week with a 4-1 win over Roanoke on Wednesday and a 4-0 win at Washington and Lee on Saturday.

The Lady Flames beat the Lady Maroons in LU’s home finale. Liberty played just three home matches in its inaugural season as a varsity program.

Freshman Megan Johnson (Lakeland) is a starting midfielder for LU.


Liberty (5-6) plays at Davidson on Sunday.

Union’s women’s volleyball team went 4-0 and won the Interleague Challenge on its home floor in Schenectady, N.Y., on Friday and Saturday.

Sophomore setter Mackenzie Westfall (Nansemond-Suffolk) averaged 40 assists a match while playing in three of the fourth matches for the Dutchwomen.

In a five-set win over Oneonta on Friday, Westfall served an 11-0 Union run in the second set and finished the match with 49 assists.

Union (13-9) went on to beat Kean in four sets, Hartwick in four sets and Lasell in a sweep.