JMU Lacrosse Meets Towson for CAA Title Saturday
TOWSON, Md., May 6, 2011 -- The James Madison women's lacrosse team will face the only Colonial Athletic Association team to beat the Dukes this spring when JMU defends its CAA title against Towson on Saturday.
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Second-seeded JMU meets the top-seeded Tigers in a 5 p.m. game on Towson's home field. The winner gets the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Video Coverage of CAA Tournament: Video coverage of the CAA Championship will be available free of charge on MadiZONE.
Towson and JMU tied for first in the CAA standings with 6-1 records, but the Tigers earned the number one seed and the right to host the league tournament by virtue of its 10-9 overtime victory at JMU on April 15.
The loss to Towson stopped a three-game Dukes' winning streak and also ended JMU streaks of 10 regular-season CAA victories and 12 overall CAA wins.
Since that defeat the 11th-ranked Dukes have run off five straight victories, including one-goal road wins at Drexel and Hofstra, a two-goal home win over then No. 11 Virginia and Thursday's 11-9 CAA semifinal victory over third-seeded William and Mary.
The Dukes are playing in their 11th CAA title game in the last 15 years. JMU beat Hofstra 10-6 in the 2010 CAA final, played on JMU's home field, to win their seventh CAA championship since 1997.
JMU has won more league titles than any other school in CAA history. Former CAA member Loyola won six championships between 1993 and 2002. Towson, which has captured three of the past six CAA championships, is the only other league school to have won the title more than once.
The Tigers, who have never lost in a CAA final, bring a six-game winning streak into Saturday's championship game.
JMU has a 7-3 record in CAA championship games and has a 5-1 record in its last six CAA title game appearances. The lone loss was at Hofstra in 2007.
NCAA Tournament: The pairings for the 16-team NCAA Championship will be announced on www.NCAA.com at 7:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 8, via an HD web stream.
Eight first-round games will be played Saturday, May 14, or Sunday, May 15, and four quarterfinal games will be contested Saturday, May 21, or Sunday May 22.
There are eight automatic berths, which include the champions of the America East (Albany or Maryland, Baltimore County), Atlantic Coast (Maryland), Big East (Loyola or Notre Dame), CAA (Towson or JMU), Ivy League (Penn, Dartmouth, Harvard or Princeton) and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Stanford). Two additional automatic berths are awarded to the winner of play-in games.
The play-in games, scheduled for May 7, are Northeast Conference champion Quinnipiac at Patriot League champion Navy and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Canisius at Atlantic 10 Conference champion Massachusetts.
The remaining eight spots are at-large berths.
* JMU's record in CAA championship games is 3-0 at home, 1-1 on its opponents' home fields and 3-2 at neutral sites.
* Dukes' redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow has a point in each of her 41 career games. She has scored a goal in each of the Dukes' 17 games this season.
* JMU senior Mary Kate Lomady has scored at least one goal in the last nine games and in 16 of 17 games this season. The one game in which she did not score was at #1 Maryland.
* With four goals in the CAA semifinal win over William and Mary, junior Ariel Lane matched her season scoring high. She also scored four goals in an 11-9 win at Virginia Tech on March 2. Lane's career high is five goals (4/29/10 vs. George Mason).