Head Coach: Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe, fifth JMU season, 57-32; 10th career season, 107-67
JMU This Season (2012): 0-0 overall, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association
JMU Last Season (2011): 15-4 overall, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association (tournament champion; regular season tied first)
This WeeK: JMU opens the 2012 season with a West Coast road trip. The Dukes play at California on Feb. 23 (8 p.m. ET) and at Stanford on Feb. 25 (4 p.m. ET)
Good News for Klaes-Bawcombe: Fifth-year head coach will miss the Dukes' season-opening games on the West Coast, but she's got a pretty darn good excuse.
Klaes-Bawcombe, husband Andy and big brother Otis welcomed the arrival of their newest family member, baby girl Maya Ann, on Feb. 16.
Assistant coach Katie Linnertz will handle the sideline coaching duties for the games in California.
Scouting California: The Bears (1-0) opened their season with an 18-6 win at St. Mary's on Feb. 19. Cal, which competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for lacrosse, lost in the 2011 MPSF semifinals to eventual league champion Stanford.
The Series vs. California: JMU and Cal have met twice previously, with JMU winning both of those games.
JMU vs. California All-Time
JMU leads the series 2-0.
Date, Result, Score, Site
2/27/05, W, 11-10, H
3/26/06, W, 17-7, H
Scouting Stanford: The sixth-ranked (IWLCA preseason) Cardinal (0-3) is still looking for its first win after opening its season with losses to top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Northwestern (18-6), No. 18 Ohio State (14-10) and 20th-ranked Notre Dame (17-14).
Stanford is the defending champion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and has won seven consecutive MPSF titles.
The Series vs. Stanford: JMU and Stanford have met three times, with JMU winning all three times. All three of the games were decided by a single goal.
JMU vs. Stanford All-Time
JMU leads the series 3-0.
Date, Result, Score, Site
3/9/07, W, 10-9, A
3/29/08, W, 10-9, H
5/15/10, W, 9-8, H (NCAA Tournament first round)
JMU Week by Week in the National Polls
Highest rank of season in bold
Preseason: 9th IWLCA | 18th Inside Lacrosse
Feb. 21: no poll IWLCA | 18th Inside Lacrosse
JMU Opponents in the National Polls (preseason IWLCA/Feb. 20 IL)
School, Game Date, Site, (JMU Result), Ranking*
Stanford, Feb. 25, away, 6/nr
Harvard, March 6, away, votes/19
Loyola, March 17, home, 7/13
Virginia, March 21, away, 10/6
Maryland, March 24, home, 2/2
Ancarrow on Watch List for Tewaaraton: Redshirt junior Casey Ancarrow was among 53 players named to the watch list for the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the nation's top college player.
Ancarrow, an attacker, was a 2011 IWLCA All-America Third Team honoree and is a member of the U.S. National Team. She led the Dukes in goals (43) and points (59) and ranked third in assists (16) last spring.
In 2011 Ancarrow was also named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List and was later among 24 athletes from the Watch List to be nominated for the Tewarraton Trophy.
This marks the 11th time since 2002 that a JMU player has been in the running for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Others include Mary Kate Lomady (2011), Kim Griffin (2010), Annie Wagner (2008), Kelly Berger (2007), Ashlee Dardine (2005), Gail Decker (2003, 2004) and Lisa Staedt (2002, 2003). Decker was one of five finalists in 2004 and Staedt was one of five finalists in 2003.
Ancarrow Preseason All-American: Casey Ancarrow was named to the preseason All-America Second Team, selected by Inside Lacrosse.
Dukes Picked to "Three-Peat" in CAA: Two-time defending CAA champion JMU was predicted to win the CAA title in 2012, according to a vote by the league's eight head coaches.
JMU received six first-place votes and 48 points overall. Towson claimed the second spot, picking up the remaining two first-place votes and 43 total points. (Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.)
CAA Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. James Madison (6), 48
2. Towson (2), 43
3. Drexel, 31
4. Hofstra, 26
5. Delaware, 24
5. William and Mary, 24
7. Old Dominion, 18
8. George Mason, 10
Ancarrow Preseason CAA Player of the Year: Attacker Casey Ancarrow was selected the preseason Player of the Year in the CAA in a vote by the league's head coaches.
Ancarrow and three teammates were named to the preseason all-conference team, and two other Dukes earned honorable mention.
JMU led the All-CAA Team with four selections. Joining Ancarrow on the preseason All-CAA squad were senior defender Cally Chakrian, senior midfielder Ashley Kimener, and senior attacker Ariel Lane. Honorable mention went to senior midfielder Annie Brophy and senior attacker Monica Zabel.
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