After a six hour journey up to New York, varsity Dukes come back empty handed. In their first game on Saturday against Iona, everything seemed even for the first 30 minutes. However, Iona put away three quick tries towards the end of the first half. JMU then had their hand’s full trying to fight off a 19-0 deficit to start the second half. Although fighting hard, JMU was unable to comeback into the game and ended loosing 45-0. The next day, JMU came out against Fordham hard, but was unable to put away a try in the first half although dominating the game offensively. Fordham walked away with a 17-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, the rain began to pick up, and no teams scored for the first 30 minutes. Finally with eight minutes left Ryan Maguire scored JMU’s lonely try for the weekend. JMU lost the game 5-20. Despite the tough losses over the weekend, the team is keeping its head up in preparation for their opening conference game at UVA next week. They see this past weekend as a humbling learning experience.
JV and Madison were able to come out of the weekend with wins. JV won 19-17 against Iona and 35-0 against Fordham. Madison walked away with a 34-22 win against American. A congratulations goes out to both teams for starting the season off on the right foot.
Both teams that traveled to New York this weekend want to extend a huge thank you to the Maguire, Harrison, and Costello families for the hospitality. Additionally they would like to thank the team members and parents of both Iona and Fordham for feeding them after the game.