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. 

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. 

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 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 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. 

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.  

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 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'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.