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Georgia wins 2016 Division I WCLA national title.
Winston-Salem, N.C. (May 7, 2016) – The Georgia Bulldogs have been one of the most frequent participants in the WCLA Division I National Championship through the tournament’s 16-year history, making their 10th appearance this spring. But in the first nine, the Bulldogs had never been able to break into the national semifinals, let alone the championship game.
That barrier finally came crashing down on Saturday. Less than 24 hours after registering their first semifinal win Friday night, the No. 1 seed Bulldogs completed their run through the postseason gauntlet by posting an 8-7 win over No. 11 Minnesota in the national championship game. A lot of demons were laid to rest.
“Our goal, as seniors, was to get past the quarterfinal round this year,” said Arden Birdwell. “We realized that we could do this if we executed.”
“It’s pure elation,” said Georgia coach Adam Weinstein. “This is so rewarding for all the time that we commit to the program, all the road trips, all the practices.”
It was those very practices, which the Bulldogs do three nights per week during the season, that paid dividends on Saturday. Wanting to avoid the type of up-and-down game that plays into the Gophers’ strength as a transition team, Georgia had worked on its stall game in recent practices. The execution was championship caliber on Saturday as the Bulldogs utilized long possessions to control the tempo and the clock.
“We did not want to get into a shootout with Minnesota,” Weinstein said. “They are great in transition, so we wanted to force them to beat our settled defense."
That defense, anchored by All-American goalie Caroline Youngs and the tournament’s most outstanding defender Meredith Butler, did its job for most of the afternoon by keeping the Gophers in check.
The Dawgs also used an efficient offense to build a 7-3 lead as the game headed into the final 15 minutes. Georgia had rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit by scoring seven straight over a span of 24 minutes that bridged the two halves. Birdwell, named the tournament’s most outstanding attacker, fueled the run with two goals and two assists.
But Minnesota found its groove and answered with its own four-goal run, capped by sophomore Abby Sauer’s goal with 5:35 to play that knotted the score at 7-7.
At that point, for one of the few times all day, Georgia decided to forego its stall game. The Bulldogs responded by scoring the game-winner less than a minute after Minnesota’s game-tying tally, with Mady Katz netting her second goal of the day on an assist from Katherine Vocelka with 4:46 remaining.
One more big save from Youngs on a shot by Sauer with 90 secs to go helped close the door, and Georgia was able to once again execute its stall in the final minute to clinch the title.
Georgia finished the year with an eight-game winning streak and a final record of 20-2.
“We knew we could do it by putting our heart and soul into this,” Birdwell said. “It’s a surreal feeling.”
Minnesota, which had scored in double-figures in all but one game this year and eclipsed the 20-goal mark five times, was held to its lowest point total of the year. Sophomore Sheila Hirsch led the Gophers (12-6) with two goals and one assist. All-American Allie Thalhuber, who had six goals and two assists in Friday’s semifinal game and was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding midfielder, finished with one goal.
In the consolation bracket, Colorado defeated league-rival Colorado State, 14-9, in the third place game by outscoring the Rams 11-3 in the second half. Five goals by sophomore Victoria Salmon led the Buffaloes.
Saturday – Division I Game Scores
3rd Place: Colorado 14, Colorado State 9
5th Place: Delaware 11, Texas 5
7th Place: Pittsburgh 12, Michigan 8
9th Place: Santa Clara 10, UCLA 8
11th Place: Cal Poly 8, UC Santa Barbara 5
13th Place: Virginia Tech 14, Washington 10
15th Place: Boston College 12, James Madison 8
Division I All-Tournament Team
Cassidy Sauvageau - University of Georgia
Rachel Garber - University of Georgia
Katherine Vocelka - University of Georgia
Sheila Hirsch - University of Minnesota
Allie Thalhuber - University of Minnesota
Hannah Segar - University of Minnesota
Sarah Joyce - University of Colorado
Jessica Tobey - University of Colorado
Bailey Boese - University of Colorado
Mary Prevedel - Colorado State University
Lindsay Fleischer - University of Michigan
Anna Studenmund - University of Pittsburgh
Jackie Adesberg - UCLA
Anna Flach – Virginia Tech
Olivia Gannon - University of Delaware
Natalie Royle - Cal Poly
Ina Prevalsky - University of Texas
Alexa Robinson - Santa Clara University
Andie Bonner - James Madison University
Marina Guigli - Boston College
Meghana Vijayraghavan - UC Santa Barbara
Cam Anderson - University of Washington
Division I Individual Awards
Most Outstanding Attacker – Arden Birdwell, Georgia
Most Outstanding Midfielder - Allie Thalhuber, Minnesota
Most Outstanding Defender – Meredith Butler, Georgia
Most Outstanding Goalie – Hannah Gilbert, Minnesota
Denver wins the 2016 Division II WCLA national title.
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Perhaps number seven is indeed lucky.
In a tightly contested game where neither team led by more than two goals, it was the seventh lead change of the afternoon that sealed the WCLA (Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates) Division II National Championship for Denver Club with an 11-10 victory over Utah in sudden-death overtime. The Pioneers entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and claimed their first national title.
Freshman Kaitlin Ball was the overtime hero as she scored the championship-winning goal 1:09 into the extra session, catching a pass from Courtney Place while running towards the goal and firing the winner past Utah's All-American goalie Sasha McKee. The goal was the third of the game for Ball, who was named the tournament's most outstanding attacker.
"We were trying to get to the goal as quick as we could," Ball said. "I didn't really try to find a spot to shoot at, I just shot. There was lots of adrenaline."
Leading 10-8 with 3:47 remaining in regulation following midfielder Francoise Demanche's third goal of the game, the Pioneers were trying to run the clock in the closing minutes. But two Denver yellow cards opened the door for Utah, which used Audrey Burn's unassisted goal and McKenna Tychsen's third of the game to knot the score with 50 seconds to go.
Denver coach Mindy Stone said that she tried to impart an attitude of aggressiveness to her players during the break prior to the overtime session.
"I told them that it only takes a few seconds to end this game and that we wanted to go to goal right away," Stone said. Fortunately for Stone and Denver, Ball always tries to do as her coach asks.
"She has to be one of the best players in the country to coach because she listens to everything we tell her," Stone said. "She's extremely coachable."
Ball and Demanche finished with three goals each for the Pioneers, with freshman Sophie Smith adding two goals and an assist, and goalie Jammie Dumolt finishing with nine saves. Denver followed a season-opening loss to Division I Colorado Club by winning 14 of its final 15 games of the season and finished 14-2 overall.
"Hopefully, this championship might bring some more recognition to our program and raise awareness about our club," Stone said. "This is an awesome feeling for our program."
Burns led Utah (14-3) with three goals and was named the tournament's most outstanding midfielder. McKee recorded 13 saves for the Utes and was named most outstanding goalie.
In the consolation bracket, Loyola Maryland (14-3) withstood a second half comeback from Grand Canyon (13-2) to win the third place game, 9-8. Michaela Smith tallied a team-high three goals for the Greyhounds, including the game-winner.
3rd Place: Loyola 9, Grand Canyon 8
5th Place: Salisbury 8, Utah State 5
7th Place: St. Thomas 1, Montana 0 (forfeit)
9th Place: Bethel 9, Oakland 3
11th Place: CS San Marcos 10, Iowa State 3
Amy Franks - University of Denver
Marigrace Scrivanich - University of Denver
Kelley Dingens - University of Denver
Regina Farley - University of Utah
Aleisha Matsuura - University of Utah
Alexa Pappas - University of Utah
Jehan Slavin - Loyola University Maryland
Elizabeth Clarkin - Loyola University Maryland
Paulina Marino - Loyola University Maryland
Briana Healy – Grand Canyon University
Lindsay Barrett – Oakland University
Andria Warner - University of Saint Thomas
Annie Brown – Salisbury University
Jess Koeger – Iowa State University
Rachel Quigley – Utah State University
Emma Kirker – Cal State San Marcos
Madeline Johnson – Bethel University
Tara Cleveland – University of Montana
Most Outstanding Attacker – Kaitlin Ball, Denver
Most Outstanding Midfielder - Audrey Burns, Utah
Most Outstanding Defender – Nicole Cosmany, Denver
Most Outstanding Goalie – Sasha McKee, Utah
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gretchen Kiep of UCLA and Lindsay Barrett of Oakland University were named as the Division I and Division II winners, respectively, of the 2016 Amtahcha Award as the players of the year in the US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA). Both players were honored during ceremonies held on Wednesday evening. The Amtahcha Awards were established in 2012 through a gift from Dr. Larry Feldman, founder of LaxPower.com, to the US Lacrosse Foundation. Kiep, a junior midfielder, is a three-time, first team All-American and led UCLA to a 12-4 record in the regular season. The Bruins secured the No. 6 seed for the Division I national championship taking place in Winston-Salem this week. Barrett, a senior attacker, is also a three-time All-American and led Oakland to a 14-3 record this season. The Golden Grizzlies are the No. 4 seed in the Division II championship tournament. In addition to the Amtahcha Award winners, the 2016 WCLA All-Americans and major award winners in each division were named. The honorees are:
UCLA junior midfielder Gretchen Kiep is the Division I recipient of the 2016 Amtahcha Award.
Division I - First Team
Mary Prevedel – Colorado State - Senior
Hannah Hilden-Reid – Colorado – Senior
Julia Norek – Georgia – Sophomore
Ina Prevalsky – Texas – Senior
Allie Thalhuber – Minnesota – Senior
Gretchen Kiep – UCLA – Junior
Jessica Berg – Colorado State – Sophomore
Ashley Bonnoitt – Michigan – Sophomore
Nelli List – Texas – Sophomore
Hannah Segar – Minnesota – Senior
Anna Studenmund – Pittsburgh – Senior
Lia Winter – Pittsburgh – Senior
Emily Tower – Georgia – Junior
Sarah Fried – Michigan – Freshman
Elena Ramos – Michigan – Junior
Alexa Robinson – Santa Clara – Senior
Abby Wattenbarger – Colorado State – Senior
Caroline Youngs – Georgia – Junior
Kenzie Baer – Colorado State – Senior
Division I - Second Team
Ellen Manson – Michigan – Senior
Madison Sabbag – UC Santa Barbara – Senior
Samantha Sherman – Colorado State – Junior
Katie Koller – UCLA – Sophomore
Hollie Pelland – UC Santa Barbara – Freshman
Cameron Anderson – Washington – Senior
Taylor Brennan – Georgia – Senior
Sam Fletcher – UCLA – Senior
Ava Moorhead – Texas – Senior
Nilla Paine – Georgia – Junior
Julia Sargent – Cal Poly – Sophomore
Makala Udoni – Colorado – Junior
Cailin Howey – UC Santa Barbara – Senior
Ally Langevin – UCLA – Sophomore
Natalie Royle – Cal Poly – Senior
Molly Schonecker – Minnesota – Sophomore
Erika Wilkerson – Pittsburgh – Senior
Jessica Estrada – Cal Poly – Junior
Morgan Ryan – UC Santa Barbara – Senior
2016 Division I Awards
Player of the Year (Amtahcha Award) – Gretchen Kiep – UCLA – Junior
Attacker of the Year – Mary Prevedel – Colorado State - Senior
Midfielder of the Year – Nelli List – Texas – Sophomore
Defender of the Year – Emily Tower – Georgia – Junior
Goalie of the Year – Caroline Youngs – Georgia – Junior
Rookie of the Year – Brittany Perry – Michigan – Freshman
Coach of the Year – David McKinnon – Michigan
Jenn Eames Award – University at Buffalo
For the Love of the Game Award – Arden Birdwell – Georgia – Senior
Oakland University attack Lindsay Barrett is the Division II recipient of the 2016 Amtahcha Award.
Division II - First Team
Madison Craft – Loyola (Md.) – Sophomore
Kaitlyn Ball – Denver – Freshman
Erin Croutier – Loyola (Md.) – Sophomore
Kara Holmes – Bethel College - Sophomore
Courtney Place – Denver – Senior
Lindsay Barrett – Oakland – Senior
Gabrielle Costabile – Loyola (Md.) – Senior
Amy Franks – Denver – Senior
Maddie Johnson – Bethel Univ. – Senior
Emily Kulpa – Denver – Senior
Aleisha Matsuura – Utah – Senior
McKenna Tychsen – Utah – Sophomore
Kelley Dingens – Denver – Junior
Nicole Cosmany – Denver – Freshman
Danielle Drake – Oakland – Junior
Maddie Finlayson – Utah – Freshman
Michelle Ricolcol – Lake Forest – Senior
Paulina Marino – Loyola (Md.) – Junior
Sasha McKee – Utah – Sophomore
Division II - Second Team
Bridget Farhat – Grand Valley State – Sophomore
Regina Farley – Utah – Junior
Rachel Munos – Bethel Univ. – Freshman
Michaela Smith – Loyola (Md.) – Junior
Delia Snediker – Lake Forest – Sophomore
Sophia Cantwell – Portland State – Senior
Francoise DeManche – Denver – Junior
Emily Engelhart – Bethel Univ. – Junior
Katy Loughlin – Loyola (Md.) – Junior
Sophie Smith – Denver – Freshman
Allison Soboleski – Oakland – Senior
Andria Warner – St. Thomas – Senior
Kyla Hinkle – Grand Valley State – Senior
Heather Illingworth – Utah – Freshman
Andra Johnson – Bethel Univ. – Sophomore
Spencer Moy – Chicago – Junior
Alexa Pappas – Utah – Junior
Manda Gibbs – Lake Forest – Senior
Kendra Gill – Oakland – Sophomore
2016 Division II Awards
Player of the Year (Amtahcha Award) – Lindsay Barrett – Oakland – Senior
Attacker of the Year – Madison Craft – Loyola (Md.) – Sophomore
Midfielder of the Year – Amy Franks – Denver – Senior
Defender of the Year – Kelley Dingens – Denver – Junior
Goalie of the Year – Sasha McKee – Utah – Sophomore
Rookie of the Year – Sophie Smith – Denver – Freshman
Coach of the Year – Mindy Stone – Denver
Jenn Eames Award – Iowa State University
For the Love of the Game Award – Shawntrell Fouche – Bowling Green