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Duke falls in final moments

Meghan Bain scored with 80 seconds remaining to lift No. 7 James Madison past No. 12 Duke 5-4 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday in Chapel Hill.

Bain's late tally capped a four-goal second half for the Dukes (19-4), which avenged a loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament to the Blue Devils last season.

"Certainly their game-winning goal was questionable, but it was the umpire's decision and not our decision," head coach Beth Bozman said.

James Madison had not allowed a goal in 378 consecutive minutes before Amie Survilla netted her 12th goal of the season seven minutes into the contest. Ashley Pultorak scored two and half minutes later to give Duke a 2-0 advantage.

The Dukes responded with two goals each by Dolores de Rooij and Melissa Stefaniak to take a 4-3 lead with just under six minutes to play.

The Blue Devils (11-9) knotted the score at four with less than three minutes to go when junior Marian Dickinson scored her second goal of the game off a corner opportunity.

The loss was Duke's first in the opening round of the NCAA tournament since 1999 and ended the Blue Devils' streak of four consecutive appearances in the final four. Despite the loss, Bozman remained upbeat about her team.

"The future of this program is really bright," Bozman said. "This was a program-changing team for us with their commitment and work ethic. Every aspect of this team has been program-changing."

-from staff reports

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