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By Bennett Conlin (This content was originally published in our newsletter)
Taking care of business – We said JMU was the heavy favorite going into the CAA tournament, but we thought the Dukes might get tested in the CAA title game. They weren’t tested.
Semifinals – The Dukes beat Elon 16-5 in dominant fashion. The Phoenix actually led 3-2 before JMU turned it up a notch and scored 14 of the game’s final 16 goals.
Finals – This was impressive. The Dukes beat a Hofstra team that took them to double overtime earlier in the season by a final score of 13-3. JMU killed the Pride and effectively told the conference that there’s a hug gap between it and the rest of the league. This goal from Hanna Haven tells you all you need to know.
Up next – JMU plays Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The winner faces top-seeded Maryland, which beat JMU 18-5 earlier this year. We’ll preview the tournament in Friday’s newsletter, but let’s just say JMU drew the short end of the stick with a potential second-round battle with Maryland. That’s less than ideal.