All right, it's time for another update on this week in VMI Athletics!
As you probably know, the Keydets went to Harrisonburg this week to play No. 6 JMU on the gridiron. The Dukes pulled away in the second and third quarters for a 44-16 win, but the Keydets did show some positive things in significantly limiting the James Madison rushing attack, as you can see in this article. Kyle Hughes surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for career passing, while Tim Maypray became just the fifth Big South player with 30 career TD's.
This week, believe it or not, brings an even stiffer test...A visit to top-ranked, defending national champion Richmond. The 3-0 Spiders come off a 47-0 shellacking of Hofstra, and with the balanced offense and impressive defense they possess, are quite the opposition. All the pre-game information you could ever want is available here.
Fans should note that due to staffing issues, updates from the Richmond game on the @VMISID twitter feed will be extremely limited if they do, in fact, take place. You can still follow the game in the traditional ways, whether it be via live stats, Wade Branner's radio call or the video streaming available at Richmond's web site (or via the gameday central link in the last paragraph).
It's been a rough week for Keydet soccer...no wins for either squad. Longwood visits for games against both the men and women this coming weekend, with the men's game taking place Saturday and the women's game on Sunday. Both games will start at 2 p.m. at Patchin Field, and the Sunday women's game will be on the Big South Network.
It was a great weekend for VMI cross country, with the men winning the Big South Preview and the women placing second. Hannah Granger won the women's individual crown, with Andrey Dmitriev finishing third on the men's side...
All five Keydet men finished in the top-12, while no other team had more than two runners among that grouping. VMI edged out Liberty, who is currently ranked sixth in the region, so it was an impressive win. On the women's side, freshman Jenna Moye finished fourth to help the Keydets to the runner-up finish, which came in spite of one of the team's top runners being held out due to illness. The squads are off this week before returning to action at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 2.
A new assistant baseball coach has been hired, with the release forthcoming (sometime today). Check back for that...And I do believe that about wraps it up. Check back next week for the newest installment of This Week in VMI Athletics!