In April, make-or-break weekends come around pretty regularly for Towson's women's lacrosse team.
This weekend might be the biggest when the No. 16 Tigers host a pair of Colonial Athletic Association rivals - No. 12 George Mason tonight and James Madison on Sunday afternoon. A couple of wins could have the Tigers, who are in first place, in strong position to win the CAA regular season, which would bring the CAA tournament to Johnny Unitas Stadium on May 2-4.
With CAA games on Fridays and Sundays all through the month, the Tigers (9-3, 3-0 CAA) have no easy stretches. Last weekend, they beat Hofstra, 13-12, and Drexel, 11-10, which shows how tough the conference is - those teams are a combined 1-5 in the conference.
"The way the CAA games are set up turns every weekend into these big make-or-break weekends," Towson coach Missy Doherty said. "It does put a lot of pressure on you, but the other teams have the same thing. It's an even playing field. It's just a matter of who ends up having the better game that day."
In the CAA, the Tigers stand just ahead of No. 18 William and Mary (6-6, 2-0). Delaware is third (8-3, 2-1), with George Mason (8-2, 1-1) and James Madison (5-6, 1-1) right behind.
Only four teams advance to the conference tournament.
"We're lucky to be going into this stretch 3-0," said Doherty, whose team heads to William and Mary next Friday. "Only four get in, and the top five or six teams normally deserve to be there. That leaves out a team that could potentially win the whole thing." firstname.lastname@example.org