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Women's lacrosse Game of the Week: No. 4 James Madison at No. 6 Towson

Women's lacrosse Game of the Week: No. 4 James Madison at No. 6 Towson
James Madison women's lacrosse coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe looks on during a game at Maryland earlier this season. The Dukes have won seven straight since losing to the Terps. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

No. 4 James Madison (15-1) at No. 6 Towson (14-2)

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

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Outlook: In the past ten years, Towson or James Madison has won every Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship. The Tigers have claimed six and the defending champion Dukes four. Saturday, the two will battle for the No. 1 seed in the tournament when they meet in the regular-season finale. Both are 5-0 in the conference. Last year, the Tigers fell to Elon in the tournament semifinal and James Madison won the title, 15-7. This spring, the Tigers and the Dukes are enjoying seasons that rank among the best in program history. The Tigers have won nine straight games since falling to No. 1 Stony Brook. The Dukes have won seven straight since falling to No. 3 Maryland. The two are close in every statistical category with the Dukes having an edge in goals per game with 15.94 to Towson's 13.93. The Tigers have the edge in scoring defense, allowing 8.01 goals per game to James Madison's 8.4. Natalie Sulmonte leads the Tigers with 32 goals and 20 assists. Kristen Gaudian leads the Dukes with 53 goals and 23 assists.

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