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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.

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels To Florida In First Round NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Matchup On May 14

After earning the NCAA automatic bid out of the MPSF, Stanford has earned the No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament and will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the fourth-seeded Gators of Florida.

Despite the No. 6 national ranking, the Cardinal will have to go on the road as it attempts to advance through the NCAA tournament and make the school’s first-ever Final 4.

“I am a little disappointed that we aren’t hosting,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “Overall, we are just excited to be in the tournament though and I think that we got a good draw. We know that we are going to have to beat good teams to get to where we want to go.”

Stanford will play in the NCAA tournament for the third time. The Cardinal is 0-2 in school history in the NCAA tournament, including last year when it lost 9-8 to James Madison in the first round. This year’s first round game will be Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m., PT.

The Cardinal (16-2) will face Florida (15-3) for the first time in school history. The Gators (15-3) advanced to the championship game of the American Lacrosse Conference where they lost to Northwestern. Florida earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, which is its first in program history.

“We know that Florida is a dynamic offensive team,” said Bokker. “They have been on TV a few times this year so I have had a chance to watch them play. They seem to have a good mix of girls that have played together for a while. I think our depth in the midfield will bode well to matchup with them and deal with the hot weather in Florida.”

The Cardinal and the Gators are two of the highest scoring offenses in the nation. Stanford is the No. 2 scoring offense, averaging 16.21 goals per game. Florida is the 14th-ranked offense, averaging 13.72 goals per game.

Sarah Flynn leads Stanford with 48 goals, while MPSF Player of the Year Leslie Foardhas 41 goals and 19 assists. Florida is led by Kitty Cullen who has 71 goals, good for second in the nation.

The winner of the game between Stanford and Florida will take on the winner of Duke and Pennsylvania. The fifth-seeded Blue Devils will take on the Quakers with first draw one after the Stanford game gets underway.

For more:  http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/050811aaa.html

WCLA Lacrosse: Colorado State Women’s Lacrosse Defeats UCLA 11-9 On May 7 To Win Back-To-Back US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships

Maddie Garcia’s four goals helped lead Colorado State over UCLA 11-9 in the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship game. It was Colorado State’s second consecutive national championship, and third in the last four years.

“This team has more heart than any team I know,” said first-year Colorado State coach Anna Pranger.

The Rams had to win the game without senior All-American defender Ally Mast. Mast was issued two yellow cards in CSU’s semifinal win over UCSB on Friday night, so she had to sit out her team’s next game – which happened to be the national championship game in her senior year. The entire team wrote the No. 20 on their shoulders in support of Mast.

“We said last night that we were going to win the game for her,” said senior goalie Annette Greenberg. “That’s the main reason we wanted to win. She was an All-American, one of our best defenders, senior. We just wanted to win the game for her.”

CSU’s previous two championships came from defense, but UCLA seemed to find the answer in the first half. After falling behind 5-2 early, UCLA scored the final five goals of the first half to take a 7-5 halftime lead. Morgan Oberstein, who had seven goals in UCLA’s Friday night win over Santa Clara, stayed hot and did most of the damage, scoring four goals.

CSU went scoreless for the final 19 minutes of the first half, but stormed out of the gates to start the second half. Hayley Bernstein scored less than two minutes into the second half. Just 37 seconds later, Garcia tied the game. Cara Gulbronson and Garcia added goals over the next five minutes and CSU was back in front with a 9-7 lead and 22 minutes to play.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/club/2010-11/news/050711_desert_duo_colorado_state_wins_second_straight_wcla_national_championship

College Women’s Lacrosse: WCLA National Championship Final Will Feature Colorado State Women’s Lacrosse Vs UCLA After Exciting Semifinals On May 6

Last year, Colorado State came into the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship with a No. 11 seed and a nothing-to-lose attitude. They danced at halftime of games and four days later, had won a national championship.

UCLA came into this year’s championship with a No. 9 seed, and, shall we say, a nothing-to-lose attitude? Three days later, they’re in the national title game, and the only thing standing in their way is…Colorado State.

UCLA reached the final with a wild 14-13 double-overtime comeback win over Santa Clara while Colorado State had its own anxious moments before beating UCSB 10-7. They’ll meet for the national title on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Scottsdale Sports Complex.

Santa Clara completely dominated the first half of play against UCLA, moving out to a 9-4 lead in a game that didn’t even feel that close. But UCLA regrouped, and as they broke their halftime huddle, one of the players simply said, “Believe it.”

The Bruins scored two straight to open the half, but even after Santa Clara matched those scores to retake a five-goal lead a 11-6 wit 23:02 to play, UCLA never wavered.

“I can honestly tell you, there was not a second of that game when I thought we were going to lose,” said UCLA coach Shanta Loecker.

UCLA freshman Kelley McCarroll-Gilbert, who called the game “nerve-wracking” scored two goals just 44 seconds apart to pull the Bruins to within 11-8 midway through the second half, but the scored stayed that way for nearly 10 more minutes.

Finally, with six minutes to go, Morgan Oberstein scored to cut it to two. Then Courtney Randall cut it to one and with 1:56 left, Oberstein again connected to tie the game 11-11.
It looked like it was all going to be for naught. Santa Clara’s Maggie Burke scored with just 33 seconds left, ending a 22-plus minute scoring drought for the Broncos and they retook the lead 12-11.

UCLA’s Antoinette Brou won the ensuing draw and got the ball to McCarroll-Gilbert. She took the ball from the left wing, made a couple of moves and beat her defender and found herself wide open in front of the goal. She scored – her sixth goal of the game – to tie the score with just 15 seconds left to force overtime.

UCLA struck first in the overtime on a goal by Oberstein that gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, but Burke also got her sixth goal for Santa Clara to send it into sudden victory overtime. Oberstein again came through, taking a pass from behind the cage from Randall and scored her seventh goal of the game to send UCLA to the title game.

For more:  http://laxmagazine.com/college_women/club/2010-11/news/050611_bruins_believe_ucla_and_csu_to_meet_for_wcla_title

WCLA Lacrosse: UCLA Women’s Lacrosse Shocks #1 Colorado In 11-7 Victory On May 5 To Advance To Semifinals In WCLA National Championships In Scottsdale, AZ


On a night when upsets ruled the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, none was bigger than UCLA knocking off top-ranked Colorado 11-7 in the quarterfinal round.

 UCLA advances to Friday’s semifinals where it will meet league rival Santa Clara, an 18-10 winner over Cal Poly.

UCLA defenders Isabel Angell and Michelle Rice celebrate. The Bruins upset No. 1 Colorado 11-7 to advance to the semifinals. Photo by Cecil Copeland.

UCLA, back in the tournament after missing out on a bid last year, certainly wasn’t fazed by a seed number.

“What we have constantly been telling our team is if you look at the top teams in this tournament, anything is possible,” said UCLA head coach Shanta Loecker. “As long as they went in with that attitude, then that would be true.”

Colorado came into the game with a  16-1 record, but had played a number of close games through the season. The first half, however, was hardly close. UCLA jumped on the Buffaloes, taking a 7-1 lead after 30 minutes of play. Freshman Courtney Randall had three goals in the half, but the story was defense.

“Our defense decided to click today,” said Loecker. “We’ve been working on a lot of details with that defense. It’s kind of a high-pressure defense and it doesn’t always work, but today it did. I think it threw them off their game a little bit and they weren’t really to set up their offense the way they’re used to. They made some good adjustments at halftime, but the first half, our defense just shut it down.”

Colorado came out strong in the second half to cut the UCLA lead to 8-6 with plenty of time, 16:09, remaining in the game, but UCLA withstood the charge. Colorado’s Andie Solomon scored her second goal of the game with 11:31 to play to make it 9-7 UCLA, but that would be the last goal of the game until UCLA scored two empty-netters in the final minute as Colorado tried to double-team the ball with its goalie.

UCLA goalie Devon Comito made 13 saves to record the victory and Allie Simpson led the Bruins with four goals. Solomon’s two led Colorado.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/club/2010-11/news/050511_upset_city_top_three_seeds_fall_in_wcla_championship