JMU Heads to College Park, Will Face Stony Brook in NCAA First Round

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (JMU Athletics) -- Hours removed from winning its third straight Colonial Athletic Association championship, James Madison learned Sunday night it will travel to College Park, Md., and take on Stony Brook in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

The Dukes (16-3) and Seawolves (15-4) will play on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. The winner advances to Sunday's second round to face off with No. 1 seed Maryland (18-1) at noon. Both games will be played at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Earlier Sunday, the Dukes rolled to a 13-3 victory in the CAA title game against Hofstra. Stony Brook also captured its conference tournament title, claiming the America East title on Saturday against Albany in a 21-7 win. Maryland fell short in the Big Ten title game in a 16-11 decision to Northwestern for its first loss of the season.

JMU, the defending national champion, is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Championship, holding a record of 12-14. The Dukes notched victories against Virginia, No. 6 Florida, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 4 Boston College in the 2018 Championship, claiming their first women's lacrosse national title.

JMU's first-round matchup will be a first-time meeting for the Dukes and Seawolves. However, the last NCAA Championship game JMU played a season ago was in Stony Brook, N.Y., at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium, as SBU served as the Championship Weekend host.

JMU and Maryland are no strangers, as the two have met every season since 2008 and had previously played for 30 straight seasons between 1974 and 2003. Should JMU advance, it will mark the 46th all-time meeting for the Dukes and Terps. Maryland leads the series 42-3, and JMU has claimed one win in College Park – in 2003. It would also be the third meeting in an NCAA Championship for the two.

Tickets for each NCAA tournament game at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium are $8 for adults and $6 for youths and seniors. CLICK HERE to purchase. Friday's game will be streamed on and Sunday's showdown will be televised on Big Ten Network.