May 9, 2010
Indianapolis - The No. 15 Stanford women's lacrosse team will travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to face No. 7 James Madison on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m., PST, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal earned the automatic bid by defeating UMass in the NCAA play-in game and will return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.
James Madison earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will host unseeded Stanford. The two teams have recent history with James Madison winning a pair of one-goal games in 2007 and 2008. The Dukes defeated Stanford 10-9 at Stanford in '07 and 10-9 in Harrisonburg in '08.
Stanford returns to the 16-team NCAA field for the first time since 2006, when it was defeated in the first round by Northwestern.
The Cardinal earned its spot in the NCAA tournament by defeating Denver in overtime to win the MPSF tournament title and a spot in the NCAA play-in game. After defeating UMass in the first ever NCAA playoff game in the state of California, the Cardinal earned the automatic berth.
James Madison earned the automatic bid after winning the Colonial Athletic Association title by defeating Hofstra 10-6 in the final. The Dukes are 16-2 on the season with their only losses coming to No. 13 Loyola and No. 1 Maryland.
The winner of the Stanford and James Madison game will face the winner of fourth-seeded Georgetown and Syracuse the following weekend.
Stay tuned to gostanford.com for complete coverage of Stanford women's lacrosse and its return to the NCAA tournament.