CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 12th-ranked Duke field hockey team fell to seventh-ranked James Madison by a score of 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at the University of North Carolina’s Francis E. Henry Stadium in NCAA Tournament first round action.
James Madison opened the game with a shot one minute into the contest, but Blue Devil senior goalie Caitlin Williams came up with the save. Shortly after, another JMU shot attempt was blocked and Williams saved another shot on the ensuing penalty corner. The Dukes received another corner opportunity but a foul resulted in a Blue Devil possession.
Duke converted on its first shot of the day as sophomore Amie Survilla dribbled down the left side of the field and around JMU goalie Kelsey Cutchins, to net an unassisted goal at the 28:13 mark. The tally was Survilla’s 12th of the season and the goal was the first allowed by JMU in 378 total minutes, as the Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead.
Duke’s defense continued to hold strong when two JMU shots were saved by two Blue Devil defenders, as Dickinson and senior Shayna McGeehan each recorded defensive saves on back-to-back shots.
Duke had an opportunity to increase its advantage on a corner opportunity with 13 minutes left in the half, but Survilla’s shot was blocked off the corner setup and junior Laura Suchoski’s rebound shot was saved by Cutchins.
With three minutes remaining in the initial stanza, JMU received an unassisted goal from Dolores de Roojj as the Dukes pulled within one at 2-1.
Freshman Susan Ferger got a shot off for the Blue Devils just before the end of the half, but JMU picked up the save, as Duke went into the locker room with a 2-1 advantage at the break.
The Dukes had eight shot attempts in the first half to the Blue Devils’ five, while each squad recorded two penalty corners. Williams recorded three saves for Duke, while Cutchins was credited with two saves for the stanza.
JMU came out strong in the second half, as de Roojj found Melissa Stefaniak for a goal three and a half minutes into the period to tie the score at two all.
Duke then battled back as the Blue Devils capitalized on a corner opportunity, as Dickinson inserted the ball to sophomore Brooke Patterson, who passed on to classmate Lauren Miller. Miller then passed right to Suchoski who found Dickinson for a goal to put the Blue Devils ahead, 3-2. The goal was Dickinson’s 14th of the season.
Two minutes later, JMU tied it up at three all, as de Roojj found the net once again for the Dukes. The Dukes then went ahead, 4-3, as Stefaniak found the net for the second time on the day with 5:49 remaining in the contest.
Duke then converted off a corner opportunity, as Dickinson scored for the second time in the game for her 15th tally of the season on a pass from Miller to tie the score at four apiece.
JMU prevailed, however, as Meghan Bain scored for the Dukes with 1:20 remaining to give James Madison the 5-4 win.
For the game, JMU out-shot Duke, 18-10, while each team had six penalty corners. Williams recorded five saves on the day for the Blue Devils, as Cutchins picked up three stops for the Dukes.
The Blue Devils end the season with an overall record of 11-9, while the Dukes improve to 19-3 and are set to face top-ranked North Carolina on Sunday in second round action. Duke is now 13-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in nine appearances, including a mark of 11-5 since 2003.