BALTIMORE, Maryland — The lights over the Ridley Athletic Complex’s lacrosse field shined on JMU sophomore attacker Isabella Peterson and UConn senior attacker Sydney Watson in the draw circle. It was as if the atmosphere knew to put a spotlight on them: JMU’s leading goal scorer versus one …

JMU lacrosse found out its fate in the NCAA tournament Sunday night; it now knows UConn is the first-round matchup Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Baltimore. Sports editor Grant Johnson was at the Atlantic Union Bank Center lounge for the watch party and documented the team's immediate reactions to the news. 

JMU baseball is currently 24-20 (9-6 CAA) with nine games left. The underlying difference in its record comes from the team’s home and away records — home has been where most of the wins have came. With a long road trip encapsulating the home stretch of JMU's season, staff writer Zach Mendenhall looks into what stats need to change for the Dukes to see desired results. 

The 2022 NFL draft will begin this Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m. and will wrap up this Saturday. While it’s highly unlikely any JMU players will hear their names called on the first two days of the draft, there are a few former Dukes who could be day-three picks or sign as undrafted free agents. 

JMU lacrosse senior Lilly Byrne wrote a synthetic reflection paper that describes her experiences in the Honors College as a student-athlete. With it, she said she hopes to break stigmas about what honors really is and to encourage more student-athletes to take it on, which she said may bring in more recruits to JMU and away from academic powerhouses down the road. 

Redshirt junior Travis Reifsnider’s performance Friday night at Veterans Memorial Park wasn’t his best. The center fielder was 0-for-5, flying out three times and striking out twice. One of those strikeouts came in the bottom of the eighth down one run with bases loaded. 

With JMU having games against bigger in-state foes U.Va. (2023) and Virginia Tech (2025) on the horizon, staff writer Graham Skinker looks into why he thinks JMU will not only compete but thrive in those matchups as in-state programs appear to be on the decline while JMU will garner more recruits amid its move to the Sun Belt. 

While women's golf and men's and women's tennis are individual sports, they're not played this way in college and, therefore, JMU student-athletes on these teams and weren't able to compete as a team for a CAA championship amid its ban on JMU. Despite it, multiple spring sport Dukes found perspective through the circumstances and put together program-defining seasons. 

JMU’s three starting pitchers — graduate pitcher Justin Showalter, redshirt senior Liam McDonnell and sophomore Ryan Murphy — have become big-time catalysts for the Dukes' success in recent games. Sports editor Madison Hricik looks into how the three can build off what they've done during the season's home stretch.