JMU field hockey 12th in preseason poll

The James Madison field hockey team begins the 2010 campaign ranked 12th in the Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Preseason Poll.

JMU, which has been ranked in the NFHCA top 20 for 44 consecutive weeks, finished the 2009 season ranked 12th in the nation after going 12-8 and advancing to the semifinals of the CAA Championship.

Six of 11 starters return from the 2009 squad that advanced to the CAA Championship for the fifth consecutive season. Leading the way for Madison is First Team All-CAA midfielder Dolores de Rooij (Vaardingen, The Netherlands), whose 13 goals last season was fifth best in the CAA. Sophomore forward and All-Rookie selection Tori Lindsey (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) also returns after tying de Rooij with a team-high 13 goals. Senior Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) and junior Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) are both back to lead a JMU defense that limited opponents to 1.60 goals per game last season.

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