It was a fitting end to a record-setting day. With 14 seconds left in the game, UCSB’s Katie Mitchell buried a shot from close range after taking a pass from teammate Lindsay Alex to complete a 12-11 come-from-behind win over Brigham Young in the semifinal round of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports.
The victory sends the Gauchos to Saturday’s championship game against top-seeded and unbeaten Colorado State. The Rams exploded offensively, posting 23 goals in a 23-13 win over Cal Poly.
The leader of the offense was senior Karly Slyne, who notched 12 points (7g, 5a), the second-best single game performance in the 13-year history of the tournament. It was sweet redemption for Slyne, who injured her knee last year on the same field and missed Colorado State’s championship game loss to UC Davis Club.
Recaps from Friday’s consolation games follow:
Univ. of Texas 17, Pittsburgh 13: Texas junior Tully Moorehead led all players with eight goals in its win against Pittsburgh. All 17 Texas goals were unassisted, but came from eight Longhorn players. A tied game at 13 with 7:07 to play, Texas ended on a four-goal run to seal the win. Junior Stephanie Miller led Pitt players in points, notching four goals with one assist.
Georgia 10, Santa Clara 4: Georgia held Maggie Burke, the WCLA Division I Midfielder of the Year, scoreless as Emily Seidel made nine saves to lead a strong defensive effort. Georgia held Santa Clara scoreless for more than 21 minutes in the second half. Georgia attacker Parisa Ayers led all scorers with three goals.
Minnesota 15, Florida Club 14 (2 OT): Down 9-5 at half, Ashlee Miller scored Minnesota’s last two goals of regulation to tie the game at 13 and force overtime against the Gators. Both teams added a score in the first three-minute halves of overtime, tying the game at 14, but Miller would have a hand in the winning tally after finding Lisa Hirsch for the game-winning goal of the contest with 19 seconds left in sudden victory overtime. Miller (6g) and McKinley Cardin (3g, 3a) of Florida had six points each. Florida goalie Heather Gable finished with 11 saves and Minnesota goalie Alexandra Thalhuber finished with 13.
USC Club 19, Maryland Club 6: After receiving five yellow cards in the first half, Maryland played two players down beginning with 2:02 left in the first half. Junior Erin McGillivary (6g, 1a) and freshman Elena Skouras (5g, 2a) led USC and all scorers with seven points each. USC graduate student Madison Aguirre made several point-blank saves for the Trojans ending the game with 10 total. Megan Lusby led Maryland with three goals and an assist.
Michigan Club 16, Northeastern 9: Northeastern scored first, but did not lead the rest of the game and Michigan pulled away scoring the last three goals of the first half and maintained at least a four-goal lead to the end of regulation. Junior Julianne Patterson and sophomore Katie Mezwa led Michigan’s attack with five points each. Brittany O’Rourke had three goals for Northeastern.
Virginia Club 19, Oregon Club 9: The Cavaliers opened the game with three-straight goals by three different scorers before Oregon got on the board eight minutes into the game. Virginia ended with nine scorers and 10 players with points. Grace Jackson (UVA) led all players with four goals and two assists. Keaton Otake (2g) and Hanna Peper (1g, 1a) led Oregon in points. Virginia goalies, Dana Sparks and Louisa Boyd, combined for 12 saves in the victory.
Friday Scores (May 10) Division I Semifinals Colorado State 23, Cal Poly 13 UC Santa Barbara 12, BYU 11
Division I Consolation Texas 17, Pittsburgh 13 Georgia 10, Santa Clara 4 Southern Cal Club 19, Maryland Club 6 Minnesota 15, Florida Club 14 (2 OT) Michigan Club 16, Northeastern 9 Virginia Club 19, Oregon Club 9
Saturday Schedule (May 11) Division I Championship Game – 2:30 pm: No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, Field 1 3rd place game – 9:30 am: No. 2 BYU vs. No. 4 Cal Poly, Field 1 5th place game – 10:30 am: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 5 Texas, Field 5 7th place game – 10:30 am: No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Santa Clara, Field 4 9th place game – 8 am: No. 9 Southern Cal Club vs. No. 14 Minnesota, Field 6 11th place game – 8 am: No. 7 Florida Club vs. No. 13 Maryland Club, Field 5 13th place game – 8 am: No. 6 Virginia Club vs. No. 12 Michigan Club, Field 4 15th place game – 8 am: No. 15 Oregon Club vs. No. 16 Northeastern, Field 3
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