JMU seeks 1st CAA title since 2010

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JMU has been to the CAA women's lacrosse tournament every year since 2010.

HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) -- It's been over a week and a half since the JMU women's lacrosse team took the field and clinched a share of the regular season conference title. Since then, the Dukes have been preparing for this weekend's CAA tournament in Williamsburg, Va.

The team left Thursday morning ahead of Friday night's semifinal against Delaware. The Dukes carry a 10-6 record with just one loss in conference play. This is James Madison's fourth straight year in the CAA tournament.

But it hasn't won the title since 2010. The team's seven seniors are the only players left from that championship team.

But a junior has been stepping up big for the Dukes. Stephanie Finley leads JMU in goals and points and tonight she was honored as the CAA's co-player of the year.

"Last year we ended up losing in the semifinals for the CAAs so this year we're just ready,” Finley said.

“We're going to take it one game at a time. I think last year we were looking too much into the future of you know, the championship game. I think this year we're going to take it one game at a time. We're going to look tomorrow to take Delaware on and take it from there."

The Dukes' head coach says that the team had one goal coming into this season.

"The team is really focused this year and they've been really disciplined in their thought. And coming off of the semifinal loss last year, there was a lot of regret. They wanted to make change,” JMU head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said.

“They came in with a clear focus and that was bring it back. Bring back the championship in 2014.”


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