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Jamal Umar is one of four JMU freshmen to have played in at least 15 games.Courtesy: JMUSports.com
Men's Soccer Notes, Nov. 2, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/02/2011
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Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 333-137-49; 35th career season, 452-172-59

This Season:  12-3-1 overall, 8-2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

JMU Last Season (2010):
  9-7-2 overall; 4-6-1 (tied eighth) Colonial Athletic Association

Did You Know?  
JMU has qualified for the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.  The CAA began limiting participation to six teams in 2002 and in 2009 and 2010 only four teams made up the tournament field.  The tournament is back to six teams this year.

This Week:
JMU plays its final regular-season game on the road at Hofstra on Nov. 5 (7 p.m.).
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JMU claimed sole possession of first place in the CAA with a 3-2 home win over Old Dominion on Oct. 26.  The Dukes lost 2-0 at Drexel on Nov. 1, in a game that postponed from Oct. 29 due to inclement weather.

Scouting Hofstra:  The Pride brings a 6-10-1 overall record and a 3-7-0 league record into its final regular-season game vs. JMU.  Hofstra is in 10th place in the CAA standings and has been eliminated from contention for a CAA Tournament berth.
     Seven of the Pride's 17 games have gone to overtime, including the last three matches.  Five of Hofstra's 10 CAA games have involved overtime play.
     In CAA play Hofstra has beaten UNCW (2-1), Towson (3-2 OT) and Drexel (1-0) and has lost to Georgia State (1-0 OT), VCU (3-0), Northeastern (3-2), Delaware (3-2, 2 OT), ODU (4-1), George Mason (3-2, 2 OT) and William and Mary (3-2 OT).
     Hofstra, last year's CAA Tournament runner-up, was picked by the CAA coaches to finish seventh in the 12-team league. 

The Series with Hofstra:  Hofstra leads the series 7-5-1 and beat the Dukes 2-0 last season in Harrisonburg.

JMU vs. Hofstra All-Time
Hofstra leads the series 7-5-1.
Home:  1-4-0
Away:  3-3-0
Neutral:  1-0-1

Date, Result, Score, Site, Postseason
10/22/72, W, 2-1, Away
9/9/95, W, 3-0, Richmond, Va. (UR)
9/8/00, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Fairfax, Va. (George Mason)
11/8/02, W, 2-1, 2 OT, Away
10/5/03, L, 0-1, Home
10/31/04, L, 1-2, Away
10/28/05, L, 0-1, OT, Home
11/11/05, L, 2-3, OT, Norfolk, Va. (ODU), CAA semis
10/13/06, L, 0-1, Away
10/19/07, W, 2-1, OT, Home
11/1/08, L, 1-2, Home
10/31/09, W, 6-2, Away
11/6/10, L, 0-2, Home


NCAA RPI:  JMU is ranked third in the NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) released Nov. 1.  The Dukes are the highest-ranked CAA team and one of nine CAA teams in the top 100.  Other top league teams include No. 11 Old Dominion, No. 27 Georgia State and No. 36 William and Mary.  The RPI is one of the factors determining at-large postseason invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

Wyatt Recognized:
  Junior Paul Wyatt was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, was honored as one of College Soccer 360's "Primetime Performers" and was selected CAA Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 23.
     The JMU midfielder had a part in all three goals in the Dukes' 3-2 win over No. 14 Old Dominion on Oct. 26.   Wyatt scored the Dukes' first goal and assisted on JMU's second and third scores.

Barden, Simpson in Top 100 Freshmen List:  Jonathan Barden and Daniel Simpson are listed among the nation's top 100 freshman soccer players in a list compiled by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
     Barden, who plays in the Dukes' midfield, was ranked No. 77.  Simpson, a defender, was ranked No. 82.
     Simpson has started every game and Barden has started all but one game.

Dukes at 12 Wins:  JMU's current season total of 12 wins is the most by a JMU team since the 2005 team won 12 games.  The school record for victories is 20, by the 1994 team.

CAA Standings:
 
JMU has earned the number one seed for the upcoming CAA Championship and will host the six-team tournament on Nov. 10, 11 and 12.
    The Dukes can finish no worse than tied for first with ODU in the CAA Standings.  JMU owns the tiebreaker with ODU by virtue of the Dukes' 3-2 win over the Monarchs on Oct. 26.
     The top two seeds receive first-round byes and will play in the CAA semifinals on Nov. 11.  The number three through six seeds will meet in first-round games on Nov. 10.  The championship match will be played on Nov. 12.
     With seven total games remaining in league play, the number three through nine teams are separated by just six points.
     (NOTE:  In CAA play three points are awarded for a win and one point is awarded for a tie.)

JMU First in CAA for Seventh Time:  JMU has finished first or tied for first in the CAA on seven occasions: 
* 1990, tied first (8 teams, 6-1-0 record)
* 1991, first (8 teams, 6-1-0)
* 1993, first (8 teams, 7-0-0)
* 1994, tied first (8 teams, 6-0-1)
* 1995, tied first (9 teams, 6-2-0)
* 2000, first (9 teams, 7-1-0)
* 2011, first or tied first (12 teams, 8-2-0 with one game remaining)

In the National Polls:  The Dukes moved from 17th last week to 12th this week (Nov. 1) in the Soccer America Top 25 poll.  Also this week JMU moved from 21st to 12th in the NSCAA coaches Top 25 poll and moved from 21st into the No. 12 spot in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll. 
     On Oct. 4 JMU made its first national poll appearance of the season (see list below) after beating then No. 25 West Virginia 2-0 on Sept. 28.
     In the always-competitive CAA, JMU is one of seven of the league's 12 teams to be ranked or to receive votes in the national polls this season.  That includes Old Dominion, which is currently ranked 16th in the NSCAA poll.

JMU Week by Week in the National Polls
Highest rank of season in bold
Oct. 3/4:  21st Soccer America | votes College Soccer News
Oct. 10/11:  17th Soccer America | votes College Soccer News | votes NSCAA
Oct. 17/18:  20th Soccer America | 24th College Soccer News | votes NSCAA
Oct. 24/25:  17th Soccer America | 21st College Soccer News | 21st NSCAA
Oct. 31/Nov. 1:  12th Soccer America | 12th College Soccer News | 12th NSCAA

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2011
Delaware, votes (NSCAA Nov. 1)
George Mason, 18th (Soccer America Sept. 27)
JMU, 12th (Soccer America, NSCAA, College Soccer News Nov. 1)
Northeastern, votes (NSCAA Aug. 29)
Old Dominion, 8th (NSCAA Oct. 25)
Virginia Commonwealth, 16th (NSCAA Sept. 6)
William and Mary, 8th (NSCAA Aug. 29)

Still Unbeaten at Home:
  JMU takes a 9-0 home record into its Nov. 11 CAA semifinal.
     Nine games marks the longest home winning streak for the program since JMU won nine straight home games spanning the 2001 and 2002 seasons.  The school record is for consecutive home wins is 13, which has happened on three occasions.

Dukes in the National Stats:  Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin ranks 14th nationally in assist average (0.5) in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Oct. 30).
     Senior Patrick Innes ranks 16th in goals average (0.73) and 18th in points average (1.6).
    Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is ranked 56th in goals-against average (0.979).
     As a team JMU is tied fourth in winning percentage (0.833), 12th in shutout percentage (0.53) and 21st in scoring offense (1.93).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest CAA Statistics (games through Oct. 30), redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin is tied third in assist average (0.50) and tied third in total assists (7).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is first in shutouts (8) and shutout average (0.53) and second in goals-against average (0.98).
     Senior Patrick Innes is tied second in total goals (11) and tied third in goals average (0.73).
    As a team JMU is tied first in the league in shutouts (8).

National Rankings
Four JMU opponents (North Carolina, West Virginia, Old Dominion, Delaware) are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News). 

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Oct. 31/Nov. 1)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away (L 1-4), 3rd | 2nd | 4th
West Virginia, Sept. 28, home (W 2-0), 23rd | 24th | votes
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home (W 3-2), 16th | nr | 14th
* NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Seven CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Oct. 31 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are JMU (#3), Old Dominion (#4), Delaware (#6), William and Mary (tied #8), Georgia State (tied #8), Northeastern (#10) and Virginia Commonwealth (votes)
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (tied #2 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24
Aug. 31
Sept. 7
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 27
Oct. 4
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25

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