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Relive 2010-11, A JMU Athletics Year to Remember
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:07/26/2011
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The 2010-11 athletics year at James Madison saw a multitude of memorable moments and high achievements.  The 18 Dukes' sports teams combined to tie a program record with five Colonial Athletic Association titles (baseball, cross country, lacrosse, women's basketball and women's soccer). 

Altogether, JMU teams posted a .645 winning percentage, second best in the state of Virginia and second best in program history.  Madison also became the first program at the FCS level to have its football, men's basketball and women's basketball teams each receive votes in the Associated Press Polls in the same season.  JMU athletes also moved on to the pro ranks in baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, football, men's soccer and women's soccer.

Relive the memorable moments of an unforgettable year via the timeline below.  Share your thoughts on the top moments via Twitter (@JMUSports).

2010-11 JMU Athletics Timeline

Sept. 1, 2010
JMU launched the 25K Strong campaign to sell tickets for the expanded, 25,000-seat Bridgeforth Stadium for the 2011 season.

Sept. 7, 2010
Former JMU field hockey standout Kelsey Cutchins was named one of the 30 final candidates (10 from Division I) for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Sept. 11, 2010
JMU won the 2010 JMU Cross Country Invitational with senior Alison Parris winning the race.

Sept. 11, 2010
Football experienced perhaps its biggest moment in program history with an attention-grabbing 21-16 victory over in-state foe Virginia Tech of the Football Bowl Subdivision. 

Sept. 12, 2010
JMU received votes in the AP Football Poll for the first time in program history following the historic victory over Virginia Tech.  The Dukes remained in the poll Sept. 19.

Sept. 14, 2010
Football's defensive coaching staff was honored as one of the "Game Changing Coaches" by FootballScoop.com after JMU's 21-16 win at Virginia Tech.

Sept. 26, 2010
Sophomore Tori Lindsey scored four goals to lead No. 20 JMU field hockey past Delaware 7-1.

Oct. 1, 2010
JMU cross country placed third among 41 teams at the prestigious Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.

Oct. 12, 2010
Men's soccer dominated play with a 22-9 shot advantage and finished with a 0-0 tie on the road at No. 3 Virginia.

Oct. 14, 2010
The JMU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 was inducted on Thursday evening, honoring Lindsay Collingwood (volleyball), Samantha Bates (track and field), Ryan Frost (men's swimming), Clyde Hoy (football), Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe (lacrosse), Pat McSorley (men's soccer) and former coach Brooks Teal (men's swimming and diving).

Oct. 30, 2010
JMU captured its sixth CAA Cross Country Championship and first since 2002 as the Dukes posted 28 points to defeat second-place William and Mary with 46.  Senior Alison Parris won the individual championship in 20 minutes, 23 seconds to lead five Dukes in the top 12.

Nov. 7, 2010
JMU captured its first women's soccer CAA Championship since 2002, upending Hofstra 2-0 after the Pride entered the game ranked 18th nationally on an 18-game unbeaten streak.

Nov. 11, 2010
C.J. Sapong became the first JMU men's soccer player to collect CAA Player of the Year honors since 1994 after leading the league in points with 33 on 12 goals and nine assists.

Nov. 13, 2010
JMU cross country recorded its best finish at the NCAA Southeast Region Championship since 2001 with a fifth-place showing in Louisville while senior Alison Parris placed 13th.

Nov. 13, 2010
In his first game as the starting quarterback, freshman Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns as JMU knocked off No. 1 William and Mary 30-24.

Nov. 13, 2010
JMU women's soccer recorded a 3-1 victory over Texas in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Championship in Chapel Hill.

Nov. 13, 2010
JMU volleyball defeated Hofstra 3-1 to clinch the No. 2 seed in the CAA Championship, its first appearance in the tournament since 2007.

Nov. 14, 2010
One day after the final home game of the football season, work began on the second phase of Bridgeforth Stadium.  Projected for completion prior to the 2011 season, the expansion will bring stadium capacity to 25,000.

Nov. 15, 2010
JMU women's basketball received votes in the first official AP Poll of the season for women's basketball.

Nov. 19, 2010
Lauren Steinbrecher was honored as the CAA Volleyball Co-Coach of the Year.

Nov. 20, 2010
JMU volleyball closed its season with a tough 3-2 setback against Northeastern in the CAA semifinals.  At 22-8, the Dukes posted the sixth-best turnaround in the nation based on winning percentage.

Nov. 20, 2010
JMU cross country won the 2010 ECAC Championship with Alison Parris claiming the individual title.

Nov. 22, 2010
Field hockey senior Amy Daniel was selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America Second Team after leading the CAA with 19 goals and 47 points.

Nov. 22, 2010
In its home opener, men's basketball rallied from a 20-point deficit to record a 65-64 win over Princeton, a team that went on to win the Ivy League and reach the NCAA Tournament.

Nov. 27, 2010
Denzel Bowles went 13-for-13 at the foul line in a win over Eastern Michigan to break JMU and Convocation Center records for free throw percentage in a game.

Dec. 3, 2010
Women's soccer standout Teresa Rynier was named a Third Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

Dec. 5, 2010
Former JMU football star Arthur Moats created buzz as the player to end Brett Favre's NFL record games started streak thanks to a hit on the quarterback in the first half of a 38-14 loss by the Buffalo Bills at the Minnesota Vikings.

Dec. 9, 2010
In postseason voting, CAA champion Alison Parris was named the CAA Athlete of the Year for cross country while Dave Rinker was dubbed the league's Coach of the Year.

Dec. 11, 2010
C.J. Sapong was named a Second Team All-American by College Soccer News.

Dec. 18, 2010
Dawn Evans became the all-time leading scorer in JMU history with 31 points in a loss at Monmouth.

Dec. 20, 2010
Dawn Evans topped the school record with 42 points to lead JMU to a come-from-behind win over Virginia 82-80 at the Convo.

Dec. 21, 2010
Devon Moore was recognized as a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award handed out to the best point guard in men's college basketball.

Jan. 1, 2011
The JMU Duke Club launched the Duke Dog Pride campaign with the goal of enlisting 2011 new members in 2011.

Jan. 3, 2011
JMU made its first-ever appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll for men's basketball at No. 23.

Jan. 3, 2011
Julius Wells tied the JMU record for three-pointers in a game with nine in a 75-69 home win over Northeastern.

Jan. 6, 2011
Volleyball's Lauren Steinbrecher was honored as the Coach of the Year in Virginia by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Jan. 13, 2011
C.J. Sapong became the highest soccer draft pick in school history when selected 10th overall by Sporting Kansas City in MLS Superdraft.

Jan. 14, 2011
Women's soccer standout Teresa Rynier was drafted with the 23rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Independence in the fourth round of the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Draft.  She became JMU's first draft selection in program history.

Jan. 17, 2011
JMU men's basketball received votes in the national polls with four points in the AP Poll as well as two votes in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches Poll.  The Dukes were off to their best 18-game start in program history at 15-3 while ranking 17th in the nation for winning percentage (83.3%).  JMU became the first FCS-level school ever to have its football, men's basketball and women's basketball programs receive votes in the AP Polls in the same season.

Jan. 19, 2011
Perhaps the most publicized athlete in JMU history, the media attention for Dawn Evans reached its pinnacle with a front page feature story in USA Today.

Jan. 22, 2011
ESPN made its first visit to the Convocation Center since 1994 as JMU's 11 a.m. game vs. George Mason was broadcast on ESPNU.

Jan. 27, 2011
Men's soccer standout C.J. Sapong was voted the state's Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Jan. 29, 2011
Trailing by 19 points with 13 minutes to go, JMU men's basketball closed the game on a 30-11 run to win 77-71 at Delaware.

Feb. 2, 2011
A total of 201 individuals help JMU shatter the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever game of basketball knockout as part of a promotion following a JMU men's basketball home game against William and Mary.

Feb. 15, 2011
Denzel Bowles poured in a career-high 40 points, the fifth-highest in JMU history, to lead JMU to a 72-61 men's basketball win at Towson.

Feb. 18, 2011
JMU baseball shatters school records for runs (37), hits (28), RBIs (35), extra-base hits (18) and total bases (67) with its 37-7 rout of Bucknell on opening day.  It proved to be the most runs scored and highest margin of victor in a game for the entire season in NCAA Division I and earned JMU an appearance on ESPNews.

Feb. 21, 2011
Dawn Evans was identified as one of 11 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

Feb. 23, 2011
Junior Nicole Jotso captured the CAA Championship in the three-meter board as the Dukes grabbed four of the top six spots in the event to open the 2011 CAA Swimming and Diving Championships with the overall lead.

Feb. 24, 2011
After guiding the Dukes to a 22-8 season in her first year as a collegiate head coach, Lauren Steinbrecher is named one of the top 30 coaches under the age of 30 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Feb. 24, 2011
Four school records were eclipsed as JMU held the lead following the second day of competition at the 2011 CAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Feb. 25, 2011
Three school records fell on the third day of the CAA Swimming and Diving Championships while the 200 medley relay reached the NCAA "B" qualifying mark.

Feb. 26, 2011
JMU men's basketball closed the regular season with a 72-69 win at VCU in what proved to be one of the team's best wins of the season.  The Rams only other losses afterwards came in the CAA title game vs. Old Dominion and in the NCAA Final Four against Butler.  The win matched the program record for road wins in a season with 10.

Feb. 26, 2011
Junior Eva Hannesdottir won the CAA Swimming and Diving Championship in the 100-yard freestyle while JMU finished in second place as a team.  The Dukes set a total of 12 school records over the four-day championship.

March 3, 2011
Dawn Evans became the top scorer in CAA history with 18 points in a 79-77 win over UNC Wilmington at the Convo.

March 7, 2011
Of to its best 12-game start in program history at 11-1, JMU baseball moved into two national polls at 27th by Collegiate Baseball and 30th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

March 9, 2011
After JMU erupted for 91 runs and 23 home runs in its Feb. 18-20 four-game sweep of Bucknell, a bat signed by the 10 players to hit home runs in the series arrived for display at the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Texas.

March 9, 2011
Dawn Evans was crowned CAA Player of the Year, the fifth time the top CAA women's basketball honor was claimed by a JMU Duke.

March 9, 2011
Freshman softball pitcher Brittany Jeans set a JMU freshman record with 13 batters struck out in a 1-0 win at Norfolk State.  Jeans was just two strikeouts shy of tying the overall school record of 15 during her two-hit shutout.

March 12, 2011
Kimberly Helfrich finished third in the three-meter board and fifth in the one-meter board at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championships.

March 13, 2011
'Again' became reality as JMU women's basketball captured its second consecutive CAA title with a 67-61 win over Delaware at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

March 14, 2011
Dawn Evans was identified as one of 20 players on the national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award for best player in the nation.

March 14, 2011
Dawn Evans earned more national media exposure with a feature piece in Sports Illustrated.

March 15, 2011
Following a 15-year absence from postseason play, JMU men's basketball makes its second postseason showing in three years under Matt Brady by competing in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by Zebra Pen.

March 17-18, 2011
Over two days, Kimberly Helfrich became the first JMU athlete to compete in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, placing 28th in the three-meter board and 24th in the one-meter competition.

March 20, 2011
C.J. Sapong made a memorable MLS debut, scoring just one minute, 43 seconds into his first professional start, an MLS record for fastest goal by a rookie in a starting debut.  Sporting Kansas City defeated Chivas USA 3-2.

March 22, 2011
Led by medalist Ryan Vince along with top-five finishers in Chris Wellde and Mike Smith, JMU men's golf captured the team championship at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg.

March 26, 2011
Maria Malerba registered her 400th career victory as head coach of JMU women's tennis with a 6-1 victory at Longwood.

March 29, 2011
Men's basketball player Ben Louis signs a professional contract with the Dandenong Rangers in Australia.

March 29, 2011
Denzel Bowles was selected to the 2011 Lou Henson All-America Team, recognizing the 25 best players at the Mid-Major level as selected by CollegeInsider.com.

March 29, 2011
It was an awards-filled day for Dawn Evans, who won the V Foundation Comeback Award, was named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year, and became the first two-time All-American in program history with an honorable mention honor from the Associated Press.

March 30, 2011
Denzel Bowles was named First Team All-State by both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors

April 3, 2011
With JMU softball trailing 3-2 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, junior Ashley Burnham hit a game-tying home run. The solo blast was her 11th of the season and set a new program record for home runs in a season. Sophomore Lori Botkin added a walk-off homer one inning later.

April 6, 2011
The Virginia Sports Information Directors dubbed Dawn Evans as the 2010-11 state Player of the Year.

April 6, 2011
A six-run rally in the ninth inning gave JMU baseball a 16-12 win at Liberty for the 600th career coaching victory for Spanky McFarland.

April 7-8, 2011
JMU cheerleading competed among 200 teams in the 2011 National Cheerleading Association/National Dance Association Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.

April 8, 2011
Kimberly Helfrich was named the CAA Women's Diver of the Year while Becky Benson was named CAA Coach of the Year.

April 21, 2011
Freshman Jacqueline Palmucci claimed her final singles win of the season with a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Hofstra's Lauren Clifton in the CAA Quarterfinals.  Palmucci finished her first season with a 27-2 singles record.

April 25, 2011
JMU holds its annual athletics awards banquet with Athlete of the Year honors going to women's basketball's Dawn Evans and men's soccer's C.J. Sapong along with Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards going to volleyball's Lindsay Callahan and football's Dixon Wright.

April 27, 2011
After the first contest was postponed by storms, No. 12 JMU lacrosse defeats No. 11 Virginia 16-14 to end the regular season.

May 2, 2011
Andrea Criscuolo, Eva Hannesdottir, Shannon Dubay and Morgan Johnson were named honorable mention Mid-Major All-Americans by CollegeSwimming.com.

May 4, 2011
Prior to departing for the CAA Championship, JMU lacrosse student-athletes Diana Apel, Mary Kate Lomady, Caitlin Sullivan, Lexy Schwabenland and Meghan Wienecke as well as manager Lauren Wojcik received their degrees from JMU President Linwood H. Rose in a special ceremony.

May 6, 2011
Alison Parris (5,000-meter run) and Katie Gorman (10,000-meter run) each captured individual titles at the 2011 CAA Track and Field Championships.

May 7, 2011
JMU lacrosse made it back-to-back CAA titles with an 8-6 road victory at Towson.

May 13, 2011
JMU swimming and diving finished the year ranked fourth nationally in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll.

May 25, 2011
Catcher Jake Lowery captured the sixth CAA Player of the Year honor in JMU baseball history giving the Dukes more winners than any other league program.

May 26, 2011
Marissa McDonald placed 30th in the long jump while Katie Harman was 45th in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet.

May 28, 2011
JMU defeated Georgia State, UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion to capture its second CAA baseball championship with seven Dukes honored on the All-Tournament Team.  JMU was the first No. 1 seed to win the tournament since 2003.

May 28, 2011
Senior Alison Parris placed 37th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet.

May 31, 2011
Casey Ancarrow was selected as a Third Team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and Synapse Sports.

June 5, 2011
Jake Lowery and David Herbek became the first teammates in JMU baseball history to each be First Team All-Americans as Herbek was chosen by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.  Lowery was chosen by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.

June 5, 2011
JMU baseball defeats Maine 5-2 to win multiple games in a NCAA regional and advance to a regional final for the first time since the 1983 team reached the College World Series.

June 7, 2011
JMU baseball's Jake Lowery is selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians while David Herbek follows in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.  JMU had the CAA's highest draft pick for the second straight season.

June 10, 2011
David Herbek was named one of 10 finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award as the best shortstop in college baseball.

June 12, 2011
Former women's soccer star Corky Julien was selected to Canada's roster for the 2011 World Cup.

June 17, 2011
C.J. Sapong scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory for Sporting Kansas City as the MLS franchise debuted its new home facility, Livestrong Sporting Park.

June 24, 2011
Rising sophomore Carolyn Payne represented JMU by placing 15th in the 5,000-meter run at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships.

June 29, 2011
The JMU women's basketball incoming recruiting class was ranked 39th nationally by ESPN.

June 30, 2011
Former JMU golfer Faber Jamerson ('99) finished second at the 44th PGA Professional National Championship in Hershey to clinch a spot in the 2011 PGA Championship.

June 30, 2011
Jake Lowery was selected as the winner of the Johnny Bench Award as the best catcher in all of college baseball.  He is the first winner of the award from the CAA.

July 3, 2011
Jake Lowery participated in the College Baseball Night of Champions, recognizing the top individual award winners in all of college baseball for the 2011 season.

July 6, 2011
The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced that JMU finished second among all Division I universities for its combined winning percentage of all teams for the 2010-11 school year.  JMU's .645 percentage (228-125-3) was its second best in the school's Division I history behind only the 1981-82 school year (.686).  JMU placed first among all women's sports in the state with a .650 percentage far ahead of Virginia in second at .578.

July 9, 2011
Denzel Bowles signed his first professional contract, agreeing to travel to Lithuania to play for BC Siauliai.

July 12, 2011
Baseball skipper Spanky McFarland was named Co-Coach of the Year in the East Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association

July 13, 2011
Jake Lowery was honored as the Player of the Year in the state by the Virginia Sports Information Directors while JMU baseball matched program records with four named First Team All-State and five honored altogether.

July 14, 2011
Jake Lowery was named the National Hitter of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.

July 16, 2011
Former JMU football star Charles Haley was one of 20 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

July 21, 2011
The July 25 issue of Sports Illustrated hit the stands with Jake Lowery included in the Faces in the Crowd section.

July 26, 2011
Former Dukes Theo Sherman (Packers) and Ronnell Brown (Broncos) received invitations to NFL training camps.

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