JMU Women’s lacrosse receives at-large big to NCAA Tournament

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The following comes directly from James Madison University:

INDIANAPOLIS – James Madison learned Sunday night it had received an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship and will travel to Los Angeles to face Stanford in the first round next weekend.

The Dukes (10-9) and Cardinal (14-4) will play on Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. Pacific (6 p.m. Eastern) in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It will be the first-ever NCAA tournament game to be held on the west coast.

The winner of Friday’s matchup advances to Sunday’s second-round to take on the the host and fifth-seeded USC (19-0) at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern).

This will be JMU’s 13th appearance in the NCAA Championship. It will also be the second time JMU and Stanford have met in the tournament as the Dukes beat the Cardinal 9-8 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championship in Harrisonburg. The Dukes have notched seven wins all-time in the NCAA Championship.

JMU won the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title and finished runner-up earlier Sunday at the CAA Championship in Philadelphia. Senior midfielder Jaci Gordon was named CAA Player of the Year this season, while Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe was tabbed CAA Coach of the Year.

Madison had seven All-CAA honorees, including a CAA-best three First Team members in Gordon, senior attacker Betsy Angel and senior midfielder Taylor Gress.

Ticket information for the first two rounds at the LA Coliseum will be released when it becomes available.

About Stanford: The Cardinal enter the NCAA Championship with a 14-4 record and finished runner-up in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season and tournament. It is Stanford’s sixth NCAA appearance in the last seven years. JMU vs. Stanford Series: 3-2 (last meeting in 2013 – Stanford 14, JMU 9) 

About USC: The Women of Troy are undefeated at 19-0 and received the No. 5 seed for the NCAA Championship. USC won both the MPSF regular-season and tournament titles, besting rival Stanford twice to achieve both feats.

USC is making its second-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship and its last loss as a program came in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Championship at Duke, which came one game after the Women of Troy downed JMU in the first round, 13-10.JMU vs. USC Series: 0-1 (last meeting in 2015 – USC 13, JMU 10)

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