Photographs by Jim Harrison
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National champs!

Women's lacrosse wins first NCAA title

The third-seeded James Madison women’s lacrosse team outlasted fourth-seeded Boston College, 16-15, to capture the program’s first NCAA Division I National Championship on May 27 at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, New York.

Senior Kristen Gaudian (No. 14) celebrates with her teammates
after a Dukes goal in the championship game against Boston College.
(Photo: Jim Harrison)

Senior Haley Warden scored four goals in the win and nine over the weekend to be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Joining her on the NCAA All-Tournament Team were senior Kristen Gaudian, junior Hanna Haven and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Molly Dougherty.

Senior Haley Warden, who had four goals in the title game, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
(Photo: Jim Harrison)

The Dukes finished the season with a school record for victories at 22-1, including 6-0 against the Atlantic Coast Conference.

JMU’s eight seniors closed out their careers with a 61-23 record. They are the third class to win three conference championships and make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

It was JMU’s fourth NCAA Division I National Championship, joining field hockey (1994) and football (2004, 2016).

Congratulations, Dukes!

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