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Towson's Andi Raymond

Women's Lacrosse Championship Gets Underway Friday

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 04/26/2012
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RICHMOND, Va. (April 26, 2012) - The 2012 CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship gets underway Friday afternoon with a  pair of semifinal matchups at the Towson Soccer Complex in Towson, Md.

Top-seeded Towson (13-3, 7-0 in CAA) will host fourth-seeded Drexel (11-5, 4-3 in CAA) at 12:00 p.m., followed by second-seeded James Madison (10-6, 6-1 in CAA) battling third-seeded Hofstra (5-11, 4-3 in CAA) at 2:30 p.m. The two winners will advance to Sunday's 2:00 p.m. championship matchup.

In the regular season meetings between the semifinal squads, Towson narrowly defeated Drexel 11-10 on April 15 in Philadelphia, while James Madison earned a 12-6 win over Hofstra on April 6 in Harrisonburg.

Towson is led by sophomore attacker Andi Raymond, who has totaled 28 goals and 22 assists, to rank second in the league in points per game (3.33). Junior midfielder Kelly Custer has added 27 goals for the Tigers and has won a team-high 34 draw controls. Suring up the defense is junior defender Alexa Demski, who ranks fourth in the league in both caused turnovers per game (1.25) and ground balls per game (2.44). Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters leads the CAA in goals against average (8.08) and save percentage (.516). The Tigers have reached the title game in three of the past four years and won back-to-back CAA championships in 2008 and 2009.

Two-time defending CAA champion James Madison enters the tournament without leading scorer Casey Ancarrow, who recently suffered a season-ending knee injury, but there are still plenty of offensive threats. Senior attacker Monica Zabel has recorded a league-leading 70 points on 27 goals and 43 assists and sophomore midfielder Amy Roguski has contributed 34 goals. Senior defender Cally Chakrian will protect the backline for JMU, leading the team with 21 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Schylar Healy ranks third in the CAA in goals against average (8.99).

Hofstra has reached the CAA championship game four times in the last seven years and won the title in 2007. The Pride is led by freshman sensation Brittain Altomare, who has posted a team-high 31 points on 15 goals and 16 assists. Sophomore midfielder Jenn Ward leads the squad with 23 goals, while junior midfielder Jill Maier has netted 20 scores and gained a team-high 36 draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Jaclyn Pandolf ranks second in the league with 9.80 saves per game.

Drexel is making its second straight appearance in the CAA Championship. The Dragons feature two 30-goal scorers in senior attacker Charlotte Wood (35) and junior attacker Alyse Maiden (33). Maiden also has a team-high 19 assists, which ranks third in the CAA. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Norcini has added 28 scores to go along with a team-leading 21 ground balls and 37 draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea ranks second in the conference with 8.75 goals allowed per game.

Stay tuned to for live video, highlights, recaps and stats of this year's action at the CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.