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.

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