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“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Stuns #1 Maryland 13-12 In Triple Overtime To Capture Program’s First National Championship


North Carolina Women's Lacrosse vs Maryland 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse championships

Freshman Sammy Jo Tracy scored in the third, sudden-death overtime period to lift North Carolina to its first NCAA championship in women’s lacrosse on Sunday night, outlasting top-seeded and previously undefeated Maryland, 13-12, in the longest title game in the sport’s history.
The Tar Heels (18-3) jumped out to a 9-6 halftime advantage before the Terrapins (22-1) stormed back with a 5-0 run to start the second half and take an 11-9 lead. Carolina responded with three consecutive goals, two by NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kara Cannizzaro, to retake the lead, 12-11, with 9:00 to play in regulation. Maryland’s Alex Aust scored with 3:51 remaining to tie it up and force overtime.
Carolina freshman goalkeeper Megan Ward made a huge save on a Maryland breakaway in the opening seconds of the third overtime period, which led to Tracy’s transition goal on the other end, giving the Tar Heels their first national title 12:31 into overtime.
“It was an amazing game to be a part of,” head coach Jenny Levy said afterward. “After the second overtime, I just sat back and trusted my kids to do what they do. They’ve worked so hard all year and I’m very proud of the effort that they showed and their composure.”
Levy becomes the fourth coach in women’s lacrosse history to win an NCAA championship as a player (with Virginia in 1991) and as a head coach.
It was the second sudden victory overtime in NCAA title game history and the longest game in NCAA Division I championship history. It was the first overtime title game since 2003 and the fifth all-time. Carolina is now 4-0 in overtime games in its NCAA Tournament history.

2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships

MCLA Lacrosse: Three “Top 10 Overtime Games” This Past Weekend Signals “More Teams In Elite Category” That Can Win National Championship


MCLAThis past weekend was the best in the history of MCLA Division I during the regular season. Not only did it feature three Top 9 matchups, but every single one of them went to overtime. Having a bunch of quality games on the same weekend is nothing new in the association — there are high-end contests pretty much every weekend — but having them all require extra time puts this weekend over the top.

It started on Friday night with No. 9 Chapman’s win over No. 2 Arizona State, Lacrosse Magazine bannerand was followed on Saturday when a couple of higher-ranked teams need to rally in regulation before winning in overtime. No. 5 Colorado trailed No. 8 Oregon in the fourth before winning, 7-6, while No. 1 Colorado State was down by as many as four goals to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara before staging a miraculous comeback for the 11-10 triumph in extra time.

Did the MCLA just catch lightning in a bottle this weekend, or is this a preview of what we can expect in Greenville? Maybe a little of both, if that makes sense. Colorado State will be the clear favorite all season, even though Rams coach Alex Smith admits that he doesn’t view his team in the same way as we viewed Michigan during the Wolverines’ reign. It just means that there are more teams in the elite category than in the past. Whether that produces a new national champion is one thing, but the tournament field will be stacked with at least 10 outfits who could beat anyone on any given Saturday.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/coyne/03.04.2013_at_10.02_a.m._by_Jac_Coyne

NCAA Lacrosse: Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Received 2012 National Championship Rings On Oct 5 (Video)


The 2012 Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team received rings on October 5, commemorating the team’s NCAA Division I Championship won on Memorial Day.

2012 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Syracuse 8-6 To Win Seventh National Title


A determined and driven Northwestern women’s lacrosse team accomplished its ultimate goal and extended one of the most incredible dynasties in the history of college athletics, defeating No. 4 Syracuse, 8-6, Sunday night in Stony Brook to capture the program’s seventh national championship in the last eight years. Northwestern’s seven NCAA championships rank second all-time behind only the 10 won by Maryland between 1986 and 2010. The Wildcats received a go-ahead goal from Tewaaraton Award finalist Taylor Thorntonto break a 6-6 tie with 9:55 remaining and protected its lead down the stretch, wrapping up a 21-2 championship season. “To have such a great weekend and have executed our game plan and done so well all over the field, I’m just really proud of what these girls have done,” said head coach and architect of the NU program Kelly Amonte Hiller, who has now been part of nine NCAA championships in her playing and coaching career. “As a coach, you can try to encourage and inspire, but it’s the girls that do it on the field, and they were determined and they were really on a mission.”

MCLA Lacrosse: The 2011 BYU Men’s Lacrosse Championship Title Run Saw Defense Give Up Only 6.15 Goals Per Game In Final 13 Games Of Season; March Trip To Michigan And Michigan State Saw 26 Goals Scored Against It In 2 Games (Video)


MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of The 2011 MCLA National Champion BYU Men’s Lacrosse Team


BYUtv’s True Blue honors the 2011 MCLA club national championship, BYU lacrosse team with a 10-minute special that aired during halftime of the men’s soccer broadcasts on June 10 and 11, 2011. The BYU Rugby season was also honored in the video.

MCLA Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Captured The “2011 MCLA National Championship” Through Great Team Depth And Key Play At Face-Off And In Goal (Video)


The championship win was the team’s 20th win of the season, which gave the Cougars a final record of 20-3. BYU also is now tied with Colorado State for the most MCLA national championships in league history with four. Between the Cougars’ last title, in 2007, and the 2011 crown, Michigan had won three straight.

Consistently one of the top programs in the Division I Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the BYU men’s lacrosse team found its way to the top again in 2011.

The culmination of a season full of highlights, including an undefeated home record, came when the Cougars overcame an early deficit to rattle off five second-quarter goals in beating Arizona State 10-8 in the national title game in late May.

It’s the fourth MCLA Division I championship for BYU.

Coach Matt Schneck is in his second year and said how pleased he was with his team.

“The 2011 BYU lacrosse team is a special group of young men that demonstrated that they are true champions both on and off the field,” Schneck said in a news release after winning the championship game.

Senior Dan Cole garnered tournament MVP honors and helped the Cougars control possession, winning face-offs consistently throughout the tournament.

“There is no better way to finish than to go out on top,” Cole said in a news release. “This win means years of hard work and dedication on everyone’s part. From the coaches to each player, we all had to sacrifice this year and it was all worth it.”

Goalkeeper Matt Brandenburg broke his thumb the night before the championship game, during a 14-11 semifinal victory over Colorado State, forcing freshman Wes Goar to start in the net for the championship game. Following two second-half BYU penalties, Goar made two key saves that were critical for the Cougars and he played an integral part in the team’s win.

“We had 100 percent confidence in Wes taking on the starting role in goal heading into this national championship game,” Schneck said. “He was prepared and ready to take on the challenge. He played an outstanding game.”

Assistant coach Jordan Harris said Goar had improved his skills as a goalie, and it showed during the championship.

“With Wes we knew we had a big-time keeper, but we wanted to see more consistency out of him,” Harris said in a news release. “He could have given up and stopped working when he lost his starting job three-fourths of the way through the season, but he did the opposite. He went back to work and became a better goalie, and it showed on the biggest stage.”

Schneck reflected on what his first championship as head coach means to the lacrosse program.

“I am thrilled for the entire program to have accomplished such an incredible feat in our second year,” Schneck said. “This victory should be attributed to the dedication of the entire coaching staff, team and supporters of BYU lacrosse.”

Another accomplishment this season was the lacrosse team having some of its games broadcast nationwide on BYUtv. The first game that was broadcast live was on March 15 against the San Diego Toreros.

Schneck implemented a plan to work with donors and raise funds to get BYU lacrosse back on the air after three years. Schneck said he’s grateful for his team and fans all over the country to be able to enjoy this.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity for lacrosse to be broadcast once again on BYUtv,” he said. “We are especially excited for our BYU lacrosse fans and alumni that are living in many different parts of the country. The University and BYUtv have been great to work with.”

For more:  http://universe.byu.edu/node/16294

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats North Carolina 11-10 To Advance To 2011 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Game Against Maryland On May 29


With the game tied at 10, two minutes to play and the right to play for the national title on the line, there was little doubt whose stick Northwestern would put the ball in.

As she’s done all season, junior Shannon Smith answered the call for a crunch-time goal, scoring with 18 seconds remaining to send NU past No. 3 North Carolina, 11-10, and into its seventh consecutive NCAA championship game.

The Wildcats (20-2) will face top-seeded Maryland at 3 p.m. CT Sunday in Stony Brook, N.Y., in a rematch of the 2010 national title game. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.

“We had our ups and downs today, but as we showed throughout the season, we have a strong will to win,” said head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, now 27-2 in her career in the NCAA Championship. “We made things happen when the going was tough and I think our girls really stepped up and made plays when necessary.”

Smith scored a team-best four goals Friday night, raising her total to 82 to eclipse the previous Northwestern single-season goals record of 81 set by Hilary Bowenin 2008. The record-setter and game-winner came after nearly two minutes of Smith surveying the defense and waiting for the right moment to go for the last shot of the game. After being fouled behind the net, Smith came out of the restart and deftly split a double-team on her way to finishing an easy one-on-one chance with the goalie.

“I ran to the goal and the one girl who was doubling me slid off and then I just took the girl one-on-one and got lucky that it went in,” said Smith, a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award and Honda Sports Award in lacrosse. “There was no Plan B for me. I had all the confidence in myself, I like the last shot, that’s what you play for as an athlete. I knew it was going in when I had it.”

Northwestern twice held three-goal leads in the game only to have a resilient Tar Heel squad come back to tie, including a 10-7 advantage with just over 10 minutes remaining. The count remained tied at 10 for nearly seven minutes in the late stages of the game until Smith’s heroics with 18 seconds left. The ‘Cats’ victory was sealed when Taylor Thornton recovered the ensuing draw control.

For more:  http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/052711aaa.html

MCLA Lacrosse: Davenport Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Defending Champion St. Thomas 14-9 To Win 2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Div II National Championship On May 21


The Panthers used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from St. Thomas 14-9 in the MCLA D2 National Championship. DU outscored the Tommies 7-1 in the fourth quarter to win the championship, their first in the programs four-year history.

In the first half, both teams struggled to find the back of the net as the two teams combined for six first half goals. The Tommies scored first then Shawn Beer (Aurora, Ontario), who was named MCLA Tournament MVP,  responded with his first goal of the game to tie the score at 1-1.

St. Thomas scored three of the next four goals with Jordan Richtsmeier (Grand Rapids, Mich.) tallying the Panthers goal as DU trailed 4-2 at halftime.

The Tommies scored two quick goals after halftime to open up a 6-2 advantage. However, the Panthers scored 12 of the next 15 goals to finish the game.

Sam Carlson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Taylor Keyworth (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored back-to-back Panther goals to pull to within two goals at 6-4. St. Thomas scored to increase the margin to three, but Keyworth and Beer scored twice more for the Panthers to close to one goal at 7-6. The Tommies scored to end the period with an 8-6 score.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter on fire, scoring the first eight goals of the quarter. In the quarter, DU outscored the Tommies 8-1 to take the 14-9 win.

DU used balanced scoring as six different Panthers tallied scores in the fourth. Beer, Carlson, Cody Cross (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Keyworth, Dominic Boggiano (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Quintin St. Clair (Grand Blanc, Mich.) all scored in the final stanza.

Beer and Keyworth led DU with four goals apiece. Boggiano had five assists to led the team in helpers.

Zach Higgins (Courtice, Ontario) started in goal for the Panthers, while Alexis Buque (Whitby, Ontario) played the final 30 minutes between the pipes. The two combined for 17 saves. 

For more:  http://dupanthers.com/news/2011/5/21/MLAX_0521113448.aspx

NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Villanova In First Round NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Game On May 15


For the first time in program history, a University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will host a first-round game of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5/6 Pioneer welcome Villanova (11-4) to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, it was announced today during the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show on ESPNU.

Denver received the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament after winning the first-ever ECAC Championship with an 11-9 win over Fairfield.

The Pioneers will face the Wildcats on Sunday, May 15 at 3:15 p.m. MT at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

  • Denver is on a program-record 10-game winning streak heading into the NCAA Tournament.
  • DU’s ranking of 5th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll is the highest ever program ranking.
  • Junior Mark Matthews leads the Pioneers with 62 points (41g, 21a); he became DU’s all-time DI leader in points with 144; he has 103 career goals, 14 away from becoming the all-time leader.
  • Sophomore Chase Carraro has a 61.0 (199-326) face-off percentage going into the tournament; he has a 56.0 face-off percentage for his career, ranking him second in DU’s DI record books for career face-off percentage.
  • This is the first time that the Pioneers have hosted an NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament game.
  • This is the fourth time that the DU men’s lacrosse team has made it to the NCAA Tournament, second under head coach Bill Tierney. Denver is 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament.