Written by Brett Anker    Sunday, 24 November 2013 18:14    PDF Print Write e-mail
JMU Punches Ticket to Final Four
Colleges - Men's DII College


In similar fashion to the round of 16, James Madison University dismantled Illinois State by the score of 62-19 in Sunday's national DII quarterfinal. 

The Dukes established momentum early in the game by scoring three tries within the first ten minutes.  At halftime, JMU led 45-0 and were well on their way to their first final four appearance. 

By the 52 minute mark, JMU had made all eight of their substitutions, giving some of their starters a break from the 160 minutes of rugby in two days.

Despite losing handily, Illinois State continued to fight adding three late tries of their own.

James Madison overwhelmed both opponents this weekend, but the final four will certainly be a much tougher test as the three remaining teams have all either won a national championship or been to the final four in the recent years.

In order to reach the final, James Madison will have to defeat defending National Champions, Salisbury, who eliminated the Dukes in the round of 16 in the 2012-2013 campaign.

James Madison: 62
Tries: Lauro, Butternitch, Carlson, Kunkel 2, Harrison, Federinko, Katz 2, Toslin
Convs: Harrison 6

Illinois State: 19
Tries: Barrett, Other, Palimiter
Convs: Palimiter 2