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Women's lacrosse Game of the Week: No. 3 James Madison at No. 4 Maryland

No. 3 James Madison (8-0) at No. 4 Maryland (6-1)

When: Saturday, noon

Outlook: Maryland goes for a second straight win over an undefeated opponent after beating No. 7 Penn, 13-7, on Thursday. The Terps lead the series 34-2 and haven’t lost to the Dukes in 15 years. However, James Madison is off to its best start in 30 years, sparked by an opening day 15-14 double-overtime upset of then-No. 3 North Carolina. Two weeks later, the Tar Heels dealt the Terps their only loss, 16-15. The Dukes haven’t played a top-10 team since beating North Carolina because Wednesday’s snowed-out meeting with No. 10 Virginia was rescheduled for next month. The Terps have beaten three top-10 teams, including No. 6 Florida and No. 9 Syracuse. Maryland and JMU rank among the top four in Division I in scoring offense with the Terps averaging 16.5 goals and the Dukes 16. Both teams have three players with 30 or more points. Maryland, which beat JMU, 16-11, last year, is led by Megan Whittle (McDonogh) with 33 goals and eight assists while Kristen Gaudian’s 32 goals and five assists lead the Dukes. The Terps have also been dominant on the draw, controlling 16 of 22 against Penn to own a 160-91 edge overall this season.

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