JMU Softball Win Highlights Big Sports Weekend
Yes, we’re leading with JMU softball, despite the fact that the men’s basketball team played its regular season finale over the weekend. The softball team split a pair on the road against the #2 nationally ranked Auburn Tigers. The Dukes snapped the Tigers’ 13 game winnings streak with a 1-0 shutout win. The mens’ hoops team on the other hand, lost a meaningless season finale to Hofstra after already locked themselves into the 7 seed and a return to Pillow Fight Friday in the CAA Tournament. We’ll always root for Coach Rowe and the Dukes, but it’s been a long season and our attention seems to have already shifted to Megan Good and the girls on the diamond. We’re not trying to throw shade at the men. We’ll address it in a separate post, but we believe there is reason to be optimistic for the program under Rowe. This spring though, it’s all about the other sports.
Quite frankly, Megan Good is a badass. If you’re not jumping on the Dukes Softball bandwagon, it’s really your loss. Coach Mickey Deane has built a tremendous program and the girls are showing no signs of dropping off after last year’s historic season. The win over Auburn today, brought the ladies to 12-2 on the season. The team is poised to make another run through the CAA and beyond. If you’re softball fan, you know this. If you’re not a softball fan, give it a chance. The team is a ton of fun.
Good and her teammates were just one highlight in an overall great weekend for the Dukes. Actually, in exception to both squads on the hardwood, it was a pretty epic few days. Coach Ike and the Diamond Dukes busted out the big bats and dropped a football score in a win over UNC Asheville. It’s early, but all signs point to Martin Ikenberry being a great hire.
Women’s Lacrosse Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe has been at JMU has a few more years in purple & gold than Coach Ike. With the #19 nationally ranked Dukes’ 15-4 win over High Point Saturday in the home opener, Coach Shelley became the all time winningest coach in JMU lacrosse history. The win was her 119th. That’s one more than former coach and JMU Hall of Famer Dee McDonough. It’s also 119 more than any JMU men’s lacrosse coach, because JMU still doesn’t have a varsity team.
Not to be overlooked, the swimming & diving Dukes had a pretty great weekend of their own. Olivia Lehman took first place in both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving at the CAA Championships. Overall, the swimmers took 2nd behind William & Mary.
All in all, it was a great weekend to be a Duke. Just like it always is. All of the spring sports are in full swing and both hoops squads are ready to make some noise in their respective CAA tourneys. The woman probably gave up any hope of an at large bid with today’s loss, but they can still secure the CAA #1 seed with a win and some help in the regular season finale. The men have nothing to lose and are ready to make March a little mad starting Friday night. We’ll be back this week with a little pre-tourney coverage.