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Games of the Week

Michelle Dufault, Towson women's lacrosse.
Michelle Dufault, Towson women's lacrosse. (Towson University athletics)

No. 11 Yale (9-4 overall, 3-3 Ivy League) at No. 9 Brown (12-3, 4-2)

Where: Providence, R.I.

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When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Brown captured the top seed and home-field advantage in the Ivy League tournament and would appear to be in prime position to earn the program's first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2009. But the Bears must first get past a Yale opponent that won their regular-season meeting by a convincing 16-10 score on April 11. The game pits two of the conference's top attackmen in Bulldogs senior Conrad Oberbeck (34 goals and 18 assists) and Brown sophomore Dylan Molloy (58, 30). Yale's defense is allowing two fewer goals per game than the Bears' unit.

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—-Edward Lee

Towson (8-8) vs. Hofstra (11-5)

Where: Newark, Delaware

When: Friday, 4 p.m.

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Outlook: The Tigers have won three straight Colonial Athletic Association championships, but they needed a win over William & Mary in their final conference game to clinch the fourth seed in this season's tournament. In the semifinals, they face top-seeded Hofstra, which swept its CAA competition, including an 8-7 double-overtime win over the Tigers three weeks ago. Towson finished 3-3 in the conference but half of its eight losses have been by single goals, including a 15-14 double overtime loss to No. 2 North Carolina early on and Saturday's 11-10 overtime loss to No. 17 Johns Hopkins.

—Katherine Dunn

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