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Justin Epperson has nine shutouts this season, the fourth-best total in school history.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Men's Soccer Notes, Nov. 22, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/22/2011
NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Information:
#14 seed JMU at #3 seed Connecticut
When:  Sunday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m.
Where:  Morrone Stadium, Hillside Road | Directions
Tickets:  May be purchased online, by phoning 877-AT-UCONN or 860-486-2724, or at the gate
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Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 334-138-50; 35th career season, 453-173-60

This Season:  13-4-2 overall, 8-3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association (1st place); CAA Tournament semifinalist

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

Did You Know?  
Redshirt senior Jimmy Simpson has four goals this season, and all four scores have been game-winning goals.  He netted the deciding goals in the 2-0 NCAA second-round win over Wake Forest (Nov. 20), a 1-0 victory at Georgia State (Oct. 34), a 2-1 win over George Mason (Oct. 15) and 4-1 victory over UNC Asheville (Sept. 4).

This Week:
JMU, the number 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament, plays at No. 3 seed Connecticut in the round of 16 on Sunday, Nov. 27 (1 p.m.). 

Last Week:
JMU beat Wake Forest 2-0 in an NCAA second-round game on Nov. 20.  (The Dukes had a first-round bye.)

Scouting Connecticut:  The Huskies, the number three seed in the NCAA Tournament, beat Monmouth 2-1 in an NCAA second-round game on Nov. 20   UConn has an 18-3-2 record and is ranked fifth in the latest national polls.
     The Huskies lost 1-0 in overtime to St. John's in the Big East championship game on Nov. 13.   UConn was the tournament's number three seed.
     UConn is unbeaten (11-0-1) at home and was unbeaten (13-0-1) through its 14 games of the season.  The Huskies spent three weeks ranked No. 1 in the Soccer America Top 25.
     The Huskies are making their 32nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and won the NCAA championship twice (1981, 2000).
     JMU and Connecticut have never met in soccer.

Connecticut Connection:  JMU associate head coach Tom Foley is a 1991 Connecticut graduate and made three NCAA Tournament appearances (1987, 88, 89) as a goalkeeper with the Huskies.  The 1989 Big East Tournament MVP is in his third season as associate head coach at JMU (2009-present) and ninth JMU season overall (assistant coach 1997-03).

Dukes Record Ninth Shutout:  Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson and the Dukes recorded their ninth shutout of the season with the 2-0 win over Wake Forest in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
     That's the most shutouts by a JMU team in a season since the 2001 squad registered 11 shutouts.
     The school record for season shutouts is 14, by the 1988 and 1993 teams.  In school history there have been 11 seasons with 10 or more shutouts.
     Epperson has played all of the team's 1758:24 minutes goal this season.  His season total of nine shutouts ranks fourth-best all-time at JMU.  Josh Kovolenko (2000) and Alan Mayer (1972) share the JMU record of 11, and Chris North recorded 10 solo shutouts in 1988.

Epperson Honored:  Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week for the week ending Nov. 20.
     Epperson was recognized for the 2-0 shutout win over Wake Forest in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  He made three saves vs. Wake.

Dukes at 13 Wins:  JMU's current season total of 13 wins is the most by a JMU team since the 2004 squad won 15 games.  The school record for victories is 20, by the 1994 team.

Lucky 13?  JMU Playing in NCAA for 13th Time:
  JMU is in the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2005.  The Dukes are making their ninth tournament appearance since 1992 and their 13th overall appearance (11th in Division I).  This is the first time JMU has received a first-round bye.

Year By Year in the NCAA Tournament
Record:  5-12-1

Year, Opponent, Round, Result, Score
College Division (Record:  1-2-0)
1971, at Rollins, First round, Lost, 1-3 (OT)
1971, vs. Fla. Southern (at Rollins) , Consolation,
Won, 3-0
1972, at South Florida, First round,
Lost, 1-2
Division I (Record:  4-10-1)
1973, vs. Maryland, Playoff*, Won, 1-0
1973, at Clemson, First round, Lost, 0-7
1976, at Clemson, First round,
Lost, 0-8
1992, at Duke, First round,
Lost, 0-3
1993, at Loyola (Md.), First round,
Lost, 0-1
1994, at North Carolina, First round,
Won, 3-0
1994, DUKE, Second round,
Won, 2-1
1994, at Virginia, Quarterfinals,
Lost, 1-4
1995, PRINCETON, First round,
Won, 1-0
1995, MARYLAND, Second round,
Tied+, 2-2 (3 OT)
1995, at Duke, Quarterfinals,
Lost, 2-3
1996, at Maryland, First round,
Lost, 1-2 (OT)
2000, ST. JOHN'S, First round,
Lost, 0-1
2001, Towson (at North Carolina), First round,
Lost, 1-4
2005, at North Carolina Greensboro, First round,
Lost, 2-3
2011, WAKE FOREST, Second round,
Won, 2-0
2011, at Connecticut, Round of 16,

Home games in CAPS
+advanced on penalty kicks
*JMU's 1973 NCAA game with Maryland, played in Catonsville, Md., is not included in the NCAA tournament records.  The game was a play-off game scheduled by the NCAA committee to determine the final berth in the 1973 NCAA Tournament.

Unbeaten at Home:  JMU's NCAA second-round win over Wake Forest gave the Dukes a 10-0-1 home record.
     Eleven games marks the longest home unbeaten streak for the program since JMU set a school record with 14 games without a loss (13-0-1), spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons. 
     Ten home victories is the most home wins in a single season in the JMU program's history.
     The best single-season home records in JMU history:

Games, Season, Record
1996, 9 games, 9-0-0 (1.000)
2001, 7 games, 7-0-0 (1.000)
2011, 11 games, 10-0-1 (.955)
2003, 9 games, 8-0-1 (.944)
2004, 9 games, 8-0-1 (.944)
1988, 11 games, 9-0-2 (.909)

Martin is Winningest Active Coach:  Dukes' head coach Tom Martin is the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I soccer.  He has a 35-year career record of 453-173-60.  His record in 26 JMU seasons is 334-138-50.  JMU's Oct. 19 win at William and Mary gave Martin his 450th career victory. 

Four CAA Teams in NCAA Tournament:  JMU is among four CAA teams to play in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, but the Dukes are the only league team still playing.

Other CAA Teams in the 48-team NCAA Field:
... qualified as tournament champion... won 1-0 at Virginia in NCAA first round... lost 1-0 at #13 seed UCLA in second round
Old Dominion... at-large entry in tournament (CAA tournament runner-up)... tied Liberty 0-0 at home in NCAA first round and advanced on PKs 5-4... lost 3-0 at #16 seed Indiana in second round
Georgia State... at-large entry in tournament (CAA tournament semifinalist)... lost 1-0 at Duke in first round

In the National Polls:  The Dukes are ranked 24th in the final Soccer America Top 25 poll (Nov. 15).  JMU was among the teams receiving votes in the NSCAA coaches Top 25 poll (Nov. 15).  JMU was No. 20 in the Nov. 8 College Soccer News Top 30 poll.
     The NSCAA and CSN do not conduct another poll until the season is completed.  Soccer America's Nov. 15 poll is the publication's final poll of the season.
     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 was ranked 21st in the latest NSCAA poll, and CAA champion Delaware, ranked 23rd by Soccer America in its final 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
Nov. 7/8:  23rd Soccer America | 20th College Soccer News | 20th NSCAA
Nov. 14/15:  24th Soccer America | no poll College Soccer News | votes NSCAA

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2011
Delaware, 23rd (Soccer America Nov. 15)
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)

Dukes in the National Stats:
  Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin ranks 13th nationally in assist average (0.47) in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Nov. 20).
     Senior Patrick Innes ranks 15th in goals average (0.72) and 16th in points average (1.61).
     As a team JMU is 13th in winning percentage (0.737), 22nd in shutout percentage (0.47) and 31st in scoring offense (1.74).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest
CAA Statistics (games through Nov. 20), senior Patrick Innes is second in total goals (13) and second in goals average (0.72).  He is tied second in points (29) and is second in points average (1.61). 
     Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin is second in assist average (0.47) and tied third in total assists (8).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is first in goals-against average (1.13), shutouts (9) and shutout average (0.47).
         As a team JMU is tied for first in the league in shutouts (9).

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

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Nov. 14/15)

School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away (L 1-4), 3 | 2 | no poll
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home (W 3-2), 21 | nr | no poll
Connecticut, Nov. 20, away, 5 | 5 | no poll
NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Six CAA members, including JMU, were ranked or received votes in the Nov. 15 final
South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked were Old Dominion (#3), Delaware (#5), JMU (#6), Georgia State (#8), William and Mary (#9), and Northeastern (votes).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls included North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (#4 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24
Aug. 31
Sept. 7
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 27
Oct. 4
Oct. 11
Oct. 18
Oct. 25
Nov. 2
Nov. 8
Nov. 16
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