Note: Updates will be provided during JMU's trip to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 game vs. Connecticut. The match is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. at UConn's Morrone Stadium.
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Saturday, Nov. 26
On the day before the Dukes' third-round NCAA Tournament game at Connecticut, JMU held an early afternoon practice at historic Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The day ended with a team dinner at the Dukes' hotel.
Morrone Stadium, the site of the JMU-Connecticut game, was built in 1969 and currently seats 4,500 fans. It is named for former UConn coach Joe Morrone, who coached 28 years at the school before retiring following the 1996 season. The Huskies have averaged 3,360 fans at Morrone Stadium this season.
Morrone-JMU Connection: JMU associate head coach Tom Foley, a 1991 Connecticut graduate, played for Joe Morrone's UConn soccer teams. As a goalkeeper with the Huskies, Foley made three NCAA Tournament appearances (1987, 88, 89) and was the Most Valuable Player at the 1989 Big East Tournament.
Foley is in his third season as associate head coach at JMU (2009-present) and ninth JMU season overall (assistant coach 1997-03).
Unbeaten at Home: Like JMU, UConn is undefeated at home this season. The Huskies have an 11-0-1 record at Morrone Stadium. The Dukes are 10-0-1 at the JMU Soccer Complex in 2011.
Friday, Nov. 25
Up before the sun for early departure from Harrisonburg to Reagan National Airport (Washington, D.C.), where the Dukes boarded a mid-morning flight to Boston... the highlight of the morning was a JMU soccer road-trip staple: homemade chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Theresa Smith, wife of team athletic trainer Chris Smith.
A sunny, clear day with a view of the Boston skyline on landing at Logan International Airport... the team bus passed Fenway Park at the beginning of its 90-mile trip from Boston to Storrs, Conn.
The Dukes trained indoors at UConn's Shenkman Training Center before making the 25-mile trek to the state capitol of Hartford to check into the team hotel... en route, a stunning sunset filling the western sky with colors of orange and deep pink.
Storrs, by the way, was named after Charles and Augustus Storrs, brothers who founded Storrs Agricultural College with a donation of land and money in 1881... Storrs Agricultural College is now known as.... the University of Connecticut.