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Delaware Seeks First-Ever CAA Championship; Blue Hens Take on James Madison Friday in Semifinals

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 05/01/2014
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Despite two finals appearances, the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team has never won the Colonial Athletic Association title.  The Blue Hens look to change history this weekend as UD will compete in its eighth CAA Tournament.

The CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship gets underway Friday evening at the College of William & Mary as the Blue Hens join Towson, Hofstra and James Madison in vying for the league title and automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.

Delaware, which received the tournament’s third seed, will face second-seeded James Madison, at 7:30 p.m. in the day’s second semifinal game.  The first semifinal features No. 1 seed Towson (9-7, 4-1 CAA) and No. 4 seed Hofstra (8-9, 2-3 CAA).

The two winners will advance to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game.  All contests will take place at W&M’s Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.

NO. 3 DELAWARE (10-6, 3-2 CAA) vs. NO. 2 JAMES MADISON (10-6, 4-1 CAA)
DATE: Friday, May 2, 2014
TIME:  7:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field – Williamsburg, Va.

ADMISSION
General admission for the CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children.  All students from participating institutions will be admitted for free with a valid student ID card.  Ticket prices are per day, not per game.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all of this weekend’s games will be available via www.BlueHens.com and www.CAASports.com.

LIVE STREAMING
Video/audio for all contests this weekend will be carried live for free in high definition on CAA.tv and CAA’s iPad app.  A free login will be required to view the games via CAA.tv on a computer or using the CAA’s iPad app.

ONLINE
Follow Delaware women's lacrosse online at facebook.com/DelawareWomensLacrosse and on Twitter at @DelawareWLax.  For live updates over the weekend, follow @CAASports on Twitter and use the official league championships hashtag - #CAAChamps.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
     ·  Delaware is making its first appearance in the CAA Tournament under head coach Kateri Linville and the first since the 2009 campaign.
     ·  The Blue Hens return to the turf after nine days away from competition.  Delaware has played just one opponent (No. 16 Stony Brook) in the past 18 days.
     ·  Casey Lyons, Caitlin McCartney, Chelsea Fay and Shannon Hawley have all collected at least 40 points this season.  The last time a Delaware squad had at least four players tally 40 points in a single season came during the 2007 campaign.
     ·  In the team’s loss to the Seawolves, McCartney was held without a single point for the first time in her collegiate career while having a 44-game point-scoring streak halted.
     ·  Fay has tallied at least one point in 41 straight games.  She is currently 13th in school history with 113 career goals while McCartney is 14th with 112.
     ·  Abbie Hartman is currently amidst an 11-game point-scoring streak while Hawley has collected at least one goal and point in 10 straight.
     ·  In her first season with the Blue Hens, Lyons leads the team with 55 points (35 goals, 20 assists). She has scored at least one point in each game played for the Blue Hens and has posted at least one goal in all but her first contest.  The last time a UD player posted at least 50 points in a single season came in 2008 when Emily Schaknowski collected 56 on 36 goals and 27 assists.  That year was also the last time a player had at least 20 assists in a season.
     ·  Tori Zorovich is making a statement in her senior season, as she is 9-3 with a CAA-leading 7.97 goals allowed per game and 84 total saves in 775 minutes played.

SERIES INFORMATION
     ·  James Madison holds the all-time series advantage over UD, 22-15, since the first matchup in 1982.  
     ·  JMU is Delaware’s most common CAA Tournament opponent as the Blue Hens are 1-3 against the Dukes in the post-season tourney.
     ·  The Dukes have won five straight and eight of the last 10 against the Blue Hens, including an 11-9 victory at Delaware Stadium on April 11.
     ·  In the April 11 loss, Delaware fell at Delaware Stadium for the first time since March 31, 2013.  Against the Dukes, Shannon Hawley posted her fifth hat trick of the season with four tallies to eclipse the 30-goal mark for the first time in her career.

THE COACHES
     ·  Delaware head coach Kateri Linville is in her fourth season with her alma mater and currently holds a career record of 33-33.
     ·  Two-time All-American Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe returned to her alma mater in 2007 to lead the Dukes and is currently in her eighth season as head coach at James Madison.  She has posted a mark of 89-51 with the Dukes and is 139-86 overall in 13 years as a head coach.

ABOUT JAMES MADISON
JMU has reached the championship game in three of the past four years and brought home CAA titles in 2010 and 2011. The Dukes were recognized by the IWLCA in the “receiving votes” section of the national poll nearly every week this season and earned impressive non-conference wins versus a pair of ranked foes – then-No. 5 Loyola (Md.) and then-No. 9 Penn State in non-conference play on March 1 and 5, respectively.  The Dukes feature three of the league’s top 10 scorers with senior Stephanie Finley (39 goals, 15 assists), junior Ali Curwin (25 goals, 20 assists) and senior Amy Roguski (33 goals). Junior Lexi Cross anchors the Dukes’ defense in front of junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy, who has a 10.22 GAA.

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