JMU LACROSSE TO MEET WILLIAM AND MARY IN CAA SEMIFINALS
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RICHMOND, Va., April 28, 2011 -- The field is now set for the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Lacrosse Championship, which will be held May 5 and 7 at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
In Thursday's first semifinal game at 5:00 p.m., top-seeded Towson will take on fourth-seeded Drexel, followed by second-seeded and defending champion James Madison against third-seeded William and Mary at 7:30 p.m. The two winners will vie for the CAA title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Winners of two of the past three CAA crowns, Towson earned the top seed and right to host the conference championship after rolling to a 6-1 league record in head coach Sonia LaMonica's first year at the helm of the program. The Tigers were the lone league team to secure a win over JMU this season, which afforded them the opportunity to host for the first time in school history. Towson enters next week's tournament having won five consecutive contests and 10 of its last 13 after opening the season with three straight setbacks.
JMU is ranked 12th in the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll and 11th in the NCAA RPI after capping off the regular season with four straight wins, including a 16-14 victory over 11th-ranked Virginia in its regular-season finale. The Dukes defeated four nationally-ranked opponents in 2011, with two of their three losses coming against top-10 ranked foes. JMU has won seven of its last eight outings and tallied a 6-1 conference mark en route to earning a 13-3 overall record this year.
William and Mary is set to make its fourth straight showing at the CAA tournament, where it will face the Dukes in the conference semifinals for the second-consecutive year. The Tribe totaled a 10-6 overall mark this season and has now finished with double-digits wins in four straight seasons. Five of the squad's six losses have come against current top-15 teams and its two league setbacks each came in overtime. W&M has won seven of its last 10 heading into tournament play.
Drexel will make the quick trip to Towson for its first-ever conference tournament appearance next week. The Dragons earned a 9-7 overall record and were the only CAA squad to upend the top-seeded Tigers in 2011. Six of the squad's seven losses came by three or fewer goals, with two of those losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents.
Admission to the CAA Championship is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for all youth ages 12 and under. Students from the participating institutions will receive free admission with a valid college ID.
CAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (JOHNNY UNITAS STADIUM - TOWSON, Md.)
May 5 - Semifinals
#4 Drexel at #1 Towson - 5:00 p.m.
#3 William and Mary vs. #2 James Madison - 7:30 p.m.
May 7 - Finals
CAA Championship - 5:00 p.m.