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2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Second Round On May 8 Features #1 Pitt, #3 Ohio State, #5 UCLA And #15 Boston College Advancing To Semifinals On May 10


Three of the top five seeds and one longshot are the last four teams still chasing the Division I crown at the conclusion of day two at the 2014 Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. And while it's still unclear which of the four semifinalists – Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UCLA or Boston College – will eventually emerge as the champion on Saturday afternoon, one thing is known at this point. The WCLA will have a first-time champion in 2014. Only UCLA, which finished as national runner-up in 2011, has advanced this far previously.

Three of the top five seeds and one longshot are the last four teams still chasing the Division I crown at the conclusion of day two at the 2014 Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. And while it’s still unclear which of the four semifinalists – Pittsburgh, Ohio State, UCLA or Boston College – will eventually emerge as the champion on Saturday afternoon, one thing is known at this point. The WCLA will have a first-time champion in 2014. Only UCLA, which finished as national runner-up in 2011, has advanced this far previously.

Thursday’s WCLA Division I Results

No. 1 Pitt 11, No. 8 Michigan 9
No. 5 UCLA 9, No. 4 Georgia 8
No. 3 Ohio State 12, No. 6 Santa Clara 11
No. 15 Boston College 12, No. 10 UC Santa Barbara 11

Thursday’s WCLA Division I Consolation Bracket Results

Towson 19, Oregon State 5
Texas 13, Virginia Tech 9
Delaware 10, Colorado 7
Florida 19, Colorado State 10

Tight games were the rule of the day as none of Thursday’s winners had an easy trip to the final four. Three of the four quarterfinals were decided by one goal.

Proving that yesterday’s upset of No. 2 seed Florida was no fluke, No. 15 seed Boston College continued its magical run with a 12-11 victory over No. 10 UC Santa Barbara. BC led 8-4 at halftime, but UCSB tallied three straight to open the second half and eventually moved ahead 11-9 with just over five minutes remaining. Back-to-back goals by BC’s Kristina Howe and Kaitlin Brown just 36 seconds apart knotted the score with 3:03 left, and set the stage for more late-game BC heroics. As the closing seconds ticked away, senior Meghan Conley found a cutting Nicole Wei on the crease and Wei deposited the game-winner with just 12 seconds left.

“We were killing some time on that last possession, then it was just a quick shot,” Wei said. “We’re super pumped right now and feel like we’re right there with any of the other teams.”

Next up for the Eagles will be No. 3 seed Ohio State, which also earned a 12-11 victory with its own comeback. Trailing No. 6 Santa Clara by three goals with seven minutes to play, the Buckeyes scored five times in a stretch of four minutes to rally for the win. One day after her 12-point performance in the opening round, senior Eve Tranchito was at it again, scoring a team-high five goals to fuel the Buckeye comeback. She scored four of her five markers in the second half. Goalie Tricia Hengehold added 10 saves for OSU, which earns a semifinal berth in its first-ever appearance in the national championship.

Conversely, No. 1 Pitt is no newcomer to the tournament, with seven previous appearances, but the Panthers had never advanced to the final four – until Thursday. Despite being one player short for the final 5:48 due to a second yellow card, Pitt held off No. 8 Michigan for an 11-9 victory, providing coach Gary Neft with a fitting birthday present.

Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournment Victory With 13-5 Win Over Richmond On May 7; Falcons Face Duke On May 11


 In front of a crowd of 1,225, the Air Force lacrosse team picked up a 13-5 victory over Richmond in an NCAA Play-in Game held at Falcon Stadium Wednesday evening. The Falcons (11-5), with their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, advance to the NCAA First Round to take on top-seed Duke Sunday in Durham, N.C.  Senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) led the Falcons' offense with four goals and as assist, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) tallied three assists. Meanwhile, sophomore Brett Dadiego (Baldwin, N.Y.) had a spectacular performance between the pipes in the opening half, registering eight saves while allowing just one goal.  It was a slow start for the Falcons' offense, which didn't get its first goal until the 7:05 mark in the opening period, as Crampton found the back of the net with an assist from Christopher Allen (So., Hillsborough, N.J.). Richmond evened up the score with three and a half minutes left in the quarter, but Air Force regained the lead with a tally from Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.).  The Falcons went on to shut out the Spiders in the second period, outscoring Richmond 4-0. Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) found the back of the net two minutes into the quarter, followed by a score by Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.)with 12:30 on the clock. Midway through the period, Air Force added back-to-back scores by Crampton and Erik Smith just 30 seconds apart, as the Falcons went into the intermission with a 6-1 advantage.   Air Force put together another 4-0 period after the break, with McKee opening the third period scoring with just over seven minutes to play in the quarter. Sophomore defenseman Luke Leathers (Parker, Colo.) tallied his first career goal after a successful clear on the ensuing face-off, while Crampton closed out the period with two more scores.  The Falcons pushed their advantage to double digits early in the final stanza with an unassisted score by Allen, before Richmond ended its scoring drought with back-to-back goals midway through the period. Air Force responded with scores from James Burke (Jr., Pittsford, N.Y.) and Austin Smith (Fr., Golden, Colo.) to regain a 10-goal lead, but the Spiders closed out the game with two more tallies to account for the final margin.  Air Force outshot Richmond, 38-21, for the game, and had a 37-25 advantage on ground balls. The Falcons also won the battle at the face-off X, particularly in the second half, winning 8-of-12 face-offs in the final two periods.  "We knew Richmond was going to make things a little bit chaotic at times, and they did," said head coach Eric Seremet. "We tried to emphasize that the last few days of practice. I thought the kids did a good job of playing through tonight and understanding how big it is. We have bigger goals."  Air Force 13, Richmond 5  Richmond - 1 0 0 4 - 5  Air Force - 2 4 4 3 - 13

In front of a crowd of 1,225, the Air Force lacrosse team picked up a 13-5 victory over Richmond in an NCAA Play-in Game held at Falcon Stadium Wednesday evening. The Falcons (11-5), with their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, advance to the NCAA First Round to take on top-seed Duke Sunday in Durham, N.C.
Senior captain Mike Crampton (Kinnelon, N.J.) led the Falcons’ offense with four goals and as assist, while junior Keith Dreyer (Malvern, Pa.) tallied three assists. Meanwhile, sophomore Brett Dadiego (Baldwin, N.Y.) had a spectacular performance between the pipes in the opening half, registering eight saves while allowing just one goal.
It was a slow start for the Falcons’ offense, which didn’t get its first goal until the 7:05 mark in the opening period, as Crampton found the back of the net with an assist from Christopher Allen (So., Hillsborough, N.J.). Richmond evened up the score with three and a half minutes left in the quarter, but Air Force regained the lead with a tally from Erik Smith (Sr., Golden, Colo.).
The Falcons went on to shut out the Spiders in the second period, outscoring Richmond 4-0. Kyle Cassady (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) found the back of the net two minutes into the quarter, followed by a score by Tommy McKee (Sr., Holt, Mich.)with 12:30 on the clock. Midway through the period, Air Force added back-to-back scores by Crampton and Erik Smith just 30 seconds apart, as the Falcons went into the intermission with a 6-1 advantage.
Air Force put together another 4-0 period after the break, with McKee opening the third period scoring with just over seven minutes to play in the quarter. Sophomore defenseman Luke Leathers (Parker, Colo.) tallied his first career goal after a successful clear on the ensuing face-off, while Crampton closed out the period with two more scores.
The Falcons pushed their advantage to double digits early in the final stanza with an unassisted score by Allen, before Richmond ended its scoring drought with back-to-back goals midway through the period. Air Force responded with scores from James Burke (Jr., Pittsford, N.Y.) and Austin Smith (Fr., Golden, Colo.) to regain a 10-goal lead, but the Spiders closed out the game with two more tallies to account for the final margin.
Air Force outshot Richmond, 38-21, for the game, and had a 37-25 advantage on ground balls. The Falcons also won the battle at the face-off X, particularly in the second half, winning 8-of-12 face-offs in the final two periods.
“We knew Richmond was going to make things a little bit chaotic at times, and they did,” said head coach Eric Seremet. “We tried to emphasize that the last few days of practice. I thought the kids did a good job of playing through tonight and understanding how big it is. We have bigger goals.”
Air Force 13, Richmond 5
Richmond – 1 0 0 4 – 5
Air Force – 2 4 4 3 – 13

2014 WCLA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship First Round On May 7 Features #15 Boston College Upset Win Over #2 Florida Club


Boston College, seeded 15th among 16 teams in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, pulled off the biggest surprise of the opening day, eliminating No. 2 seed Florida, 18-16. The Eagles built a 9-6 halftime advantage and then withstood a second half rally from the Gators to secure the win and advance to Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Boston College, seeded 15th among 16 teams in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, pulled off the biggest surprise of the opening day, eliminating No. 2 seed Florida, 18-16. The Eagles built a 9-6 halftime advantage and then withstood a second half rally from the Gators to secure the win and advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

WCLA Division I Championship  May 7 First Round Scores

#1 Pitt 20, #16 Oregon State 6
#4 Georgia 14, #13 Texas 7
#5 UCLA 15, #12 Va Tech 10
#8 Michigan 9, #9 Towson 8
#15 Boston College 18, #2 Florida 16
#3 Ohio State 12, #14 Delaware 11
#6 Santa Clara 12, #11 Colorado 11
#10 UC Santa Barbara 15, #7 Colorado State 5

Thursday’s Quarterfinals (Games begin at 1 pm)
Pittsburgh vs. Michigan
UCLA vs. Georgia
Ohio State vs. Santa Clara
UC Santa Barbara vs. Boston College

Thursday’s Consolation Bracket (Games begin at 4 pm)
Oregon State vs. Towson
Virginia Tech vs. Texas
Delaware vs. Colorado
Colorado State vs. Florida

Sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Brown led the BC offense with five goals and two assists, while senior Nicole Wei added four goals. At the other end, goalie Marina Guigli, a transfer from NCAA Division III William Smith, stopped 11 shots to help keep the Gators’ at bay. Florida pulled to within one goal twice in the second half, the last time at 16-15 with 10:50 remaining, but never pulled even.

The Eagles will face another upset victor – No. 10 seed UC Santa Barbara – on Thursday. The Gauchos disposed of the defending national champion, No. 7 seed Colorado State, 15-5. UCSB controlled play from the outset in this rematch of last year’s national championship game, jumping to a first half lead of 8-1 and maintaining a comfortable working margin throughout. Senior Blair Evans led UCSB with six goals and one assist, while Amanda Shoemaker added four goals, including three straight at one point in the second half.

UCSB coach Paul Ramsey credited his team’s aggressive approach against Colorado State’s zone as the key to the game.

“We didn’t want to be content in just passing the ball around the outside of the zone,” he said. “We were focused on having somebody beat somebody so that we could attack.”

No. 3 seed Ohio State needed a heroic effort from attacker Eve Tranchito to stave off another upset by a double-digit seed, specifically, No. 14 Delaware. The Buckeyes trailed 6-1 midway through the first half and 8-4 at halftime before Tranchito took matters into her own hands. The senior had a part in all eight second half goals for OSU – scoring five times and assisting on the three others – to lead Ohio State to a 12-11 win. Tranchito finished the game with 12 points (7g-5a), the second highest single-game total in tournament history.