Old rivals. New conference. A fresh start. These were the words to describe the windy Thursday night clash between JMU and the Old Dominion women's soccer teams with a 1-0 win for the Dukes.
JMU men's and women's tennis programs began its fall tournament play last week, playing an individual style. Staff writer Craig Mathias shares how both teams are finding ways to improve as a team through a 1-v-1 style.
JMU field hockey is streaking, winning its last three games. In those wins plus two others, the Dukes have accumulated 17 assists, while none in their three losses. Staff writers Zach Mendenhall and Will Moran dive into the story behind these on-field connections, which have been catalyzed through multiple decades of off-the-field bonding that JMU head coach Christy Morgan feels translates to the games.
As JMU volleyball prepares to open conference play against App State this weekend, staff writer Jackson Hephner previews what the two teams will look like.
Former JMU diving coach John Wolsh has been added to the U.S. Center for SafeSport Centralized Disciplinary Database, according to a report by SwimSwam. Wolsh left the Dukes' program in May 2022.
JMU men's soccer defeated Georgetown last night, 2-0, to move to 3-4 on the season. The Dukes look to get to .500 Sunday vs. in-state, in-conference foe ODU.
So far this season, Appalachian State has been able to formulate many long drives on offense, something JMU hasn't faced much off through two games. Something will have to give Saturday: Sports Editor Grant Johnson details the time of possession battle, and what both the Dukes and Mountaineers are saying to continue its ball-control prowess's.
The year 2008 brings up strong but contrasting emotions.
JMU men's and women's tennis kicked off their fall slates this past weekend. Both programs found success in different flights and now the men have players competing at multiple invitationals from Sept. 23-25, while the women are back in action at the end of the month.
JMU football is five days away from its first in-conference Sun Belt matchup in program history, when they face Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Sports Editor Grant Johnson breaks down JMU head coach Curt Cignetii's thoughts and those from coaches around the conference in the Week 4 Sun Belt coaches Zoom call.
JMU field hockey won its second straight game Sunday versus a ranked in-state foe, downing No. 12 Liberty 3-2 two days after defeating No. 16 William & Mary. The Dukes trek on in their independent season, now sitting at 5-3.
JMU men's soccer is off to an 0-1 start in Sun Belt Conference play after losing to Georgia State on Saturday night, 3-1. The Dukes will try to get to 3-4 Tuesday versus Georgetown.
JMU and William & Mary field hockey renewed their in-state rivalry in a ranked matchup Friday, which saw the Dukes take the win 1-0. The No. 25 Dukes move to 4-3 and have another ranked opponent on the docket coming up, with No. 11 Liberty trekking across the Shenandoah Valley to Harrisonburg on Sunday.
JMU beat Coastal Carolina 1-0 in a match on the road Friday to claim its first Sun Belt Conference win of the season.
The Sun Belt Conference in football is off to a great start in 2022, and it's widely known — in large part because of the exposure ESPN is bringing to its schools. Staff writer Jackson Hephner highlights ESPN's reach and how the Sun Belt will thrive being featured on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday.
JMU competed in its second meet of the season at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Friday at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course, finishing fourth among 10 teams.
JMU has feasted on favorable field position through two games, averaging starting possessions on its opponent's 49-yard line on drives that end in touchdowns, which leads the Sun Belt Conference. When the Dukes play Appalachian State in nine days, however, that stat will be put to the test. Sports Editor Grant Johnson crunches field position stats from across the Sun Belt and looks into the field position the Mountaineers have defended on touchdown drives they've surrendered.
Earlier this week, JMU men's golf opened its fall slate of tournaments at the VCU Invitational, finishing tied for ninth among 14 teams. The Dukes next head south to North Carolina for the JT Poston Invitational from Sept. 26-27.
JMU volleyball downed High Point on Wednesday in straight sets. The Dukes have the weekend off but then kick off Sun Belt Conference play Sept. 23 at home vs. Appalachian State.
JMU men's soccer snapped its three-game losing streak Tuesday with a win on the road vs. NC State 1-0. The Dukes will look to use this as a launching pad into Sun Belt Conference play, which begins Saturday at Sentara Park versus Georgia State.
Miranda Rigg (2015-19) used to don the purple and gold for JMU field hockey, but now, she has a whistle around her neck as the youngest head coach in Longwood University history. Staff writer Zach Mendenhall details the qualities the 25 year old brings to the Lancers from the voices of her former head coach at JMU, Christy Morgan, and her "accountability partner" while playing at JMU, now graduate defender Kara McClure.
JMU football head coach Curt Cignetti coached the Dukes the same day he announced his father's passing. Sports Editor Madison Hricik shares the memories Cignetti reflected on following JMU's win, and why the players wanted to play their best for the head coach.
After pandemic restrictions forced them to have a small, intimate wedding ceremony in March 2020, Taylor ('13) and Melissa ('18) Bittner had to delay their full reception three times. Stepping in for their fellow Dukes, the Bittners' longtime friends decided to throw a surprise tailgate reception prior to JMU's first football game of 2022.
JMU men's soccer is 1-3 in its last four games, scoring just one goal and allowing six since its season-opening victory vs. Binghamton on Aug. 25. Staff writer Craig Mathias dives into the Dukes' struggles and what they need to do to turn it around before Sun Belt Conference play commences Saturday against Georgia State.
JMU women's soccer lost its last nonconference contest of the season to Oregon State on Sunday, 1-0. The Dukes look to move to 5-2-2 Friday when they open Sun Belt Conference play versus Coastal Carolina.
JMU women's golf finished fourth among 15 teams at the Yale Invitational this past weekend. The Dukes compete five more times in the fall before kicking off spring tournaments in mid-February.
As JMU football heads into its first bye week 2-0, Curt Cignetti shared his thoughts on the first two games this season. Sports Editor Madison Hricik shares what the head coach's biggest takeaways were.
JMU dominated Norfolk State on Saturday, 63-7. In the second edition of "Sunday Notebook," staff writer Craig Mathias highlights some of the records Dukes' players broke in the 56-point win, how it solidifies JMU's decision to make the FBS jump was correct and the hype now surrounding JMU's matchup in two weeks versus Appalachian State.
JMU volleyball went 1-1 this weekend, losing to UMBC in five sets Friday but then downing Niagara in three quick sets Saturday. The Dukes travel to face High Point on Wednesday, looking to move to 6-3 before Sun Belt Conference play begins.
JMU field hockey went 1-1 this weekend, dropping its third straight match to Louisville but then defeating Bellarmine on Saturday, 3-0. The Dukes are next in action Friday vs. William & Mary.
JMU football beat Norfolk State 63-7 on Saturday to move to 2-0 on the season in a game that only lasted 50 minutes. The Dukes have a bye week but then travel to Boone, North Carolina, to face Appalachian State on Sept. 24, JMU's first Sun Belt Conference opponent as an FBS program and Sun Belt counterpart. Sports editor Grant Johnson breaks down what transpired in JMU's second game of the year vs. the Spartans on Saturday afternoon.
JMU is leading Norfolk State 35-0 at halftime. Sports editor Madison Hricik brings you Week 2 of the good, the bad and the ugly of JMU football's first half.
JMU women's soccer downed Northern Colorado on Thursday night, moving to 4-1-2 on the season. The Dukes next face Oregon State back at Sentara Park on Sunday at noon.
If JMU football has used one phrase the most thus far, it’s that the season is all about “tests.” Testing how the Dukes regroup, testing how the offense adapts to a new quarterback and testing how quickly the defense keeps adapting to changes.
JMU men's soccer lost its third straight game Tuesday, dropping a contest on the road versus Duquesne 2-0. The Dukes next travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to face NC State on Sept. 13.
JMU football head coach Curt Cignetti has always taken advantage of the Dukes’ physical and aggressive running back rooms. Coupled with this year’s high-level running backs, the room has earned the reputation to have layers of depth that keeps the JMU offense running.
In JMU's FBS debut Saturday versus Middle Tennessee, the Dukes lit up the stat sheet — and got recognized for it, namely graduate transfer quarterback Todd Centeio and redshirt senior wide receiver Kris Thornton. Sports editor Grant Johnson highlights the honors Centeio and Thornton garnered after Week 1.
JMU's defense dominated Saturday, holding the Middle Tennessee offense to 125 total yards. The new faces in the middle of all the action, linebackers redshirt sophomore Taurus Jones and sophomore Jailin Walker, filled in seamlessly for 2021's linebacking duo, racking up a combined 16 tackles and forcing a fumble. Sports editor Grant Johnson details Jones and Walker's bond and how the two complement each other on the field.
JMU volleyball is off to a 4-2 start this season, but the Dukes' results are even better when they rack up kills, or spikes over the net that the opposition can't hit back over the net. Online Managing Editor Savannah Reger breaks down JMU's success on kills so far this season and how they can sustain with its depth at outside hitter.
JMU is coming off a 44-7 win versus MTSU on Saturday and now turns its attention to Norfolk State, versus which it's 37-point favorites. Sports editor Grant Johnson highlights the Dukes' preparation for the FCS foe.
Ahead of Week 2 of the college football season, the coaches from the Sun Belt Conference spoke at its weekly Zoom press conference. The overwhelming message from the coaches? The Sun Belt's east is quite strong, and the fans packed the venues in support.
JMU volleyball finished its trip to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Seminole Volleyball Invitational 1-1, losing to Yale on Friday night but then downing Florida A&M in five sets Saturday. The Dukes next travel to Baltimore to face UMBC on Sept. 9, looking to move to 5-2.
JMU field hockey lost in overtime to U.Va. on Sunday, 3-2. The Dukes look to bounce back Sept. 9 versus Louisville on the road.
JMU women's soccer drew Louisville on Sunday and now are 3-1-2 on the season. The Dukes next face Northern Colorado on Sept. 8 at Sentara.
JMU finished fourth in its first cross country race of the season. The Dukes next run in the JMU Invitational on Sept. 16.
JMU football made a statement in its first game as an FBS program, obliterating MTSU 44-7. Sports editor Grant Johnson looks back on the game one day later and breaks down what made the Dukes' offense so successful Saturday.
JMU football dominated MTSU in its first-ever game as an FBS program, winning 44-7. The Dukes are back in Bridgeforth Stadium next week to face Norfolk State next Saturday at 4 p.m.
Through 30 minutes of FBS football, JMU is leading Middle Tennessee, 21-0. Sports editor Grant Johnson breaks down what has gone right, wrong and really wrong for the Dukes and the Blue Raiders in half No. 1.
JMU field hockey lost its first game of the season yesterday versus ODU, 6-1. The Dukes look to bounce back Sunday against U.Va.
JMU cross country is gearing up for its first meeting Saturday morning in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Staff writer Zach Mendenhall breaks down how they've readied.
JMU women's soccer fell versus U.Va. last night 2-0, its first loss of the season. The Dukes try to get back on track Sunday vs. Louisville at Sentara Park.