Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates 2017 website, a communication tool for student-athletes, coaches, fans and interested spectators to know more about our college club lacrosse league. Our WCLA league website was designed and will be utilized to provide a communication highway for teams competing across the continental United States. We hope the website provides you with the information you are seeking because it's the mission of the WCLA to promote the growth of women's lacrosse nationwide. Specifically, the WCLA strives to provide an infrastructure in which collegiate clubs will compete and eventually crown a national champion. Leadership opportunities exist on the local, regional and national levels as WCLA is a representation of teams at all levels. WCLA members are then encouraged to give back to the lacrosse community by joining the umpiring, coaching and post-collegiate club communities. The WCLA is a division of US Lacrosse. As you know, it is mandatory this year to register with the national WCLA website and to enter your games, roster, home field and any other vital information that might assist those trying to find you. The entire process is painless and takes less than an hour. We hope you find the site useful.
Delaware is the 2017 WCLA DI national champions.
By Paul Ohanian
SALT LAKE CITY - A dominating second half performance carried Delaware Club to its first national championship with a come-from-behind victory over No. 1 seed Pittsburgh in the US Lacrosse WCLA Division I Championship Tournament in Salt Lake City.
No. 7 seed Delaware upset the favored Panthers, 13-11, on Saturday, two days after delivering a similar blow to No. 2 seed Santa Clara. The Blue Hens had registered just one victory in five previous national tournament appearances, but claimed four wins in four days to win the 2017 title.
“This feels amazing,” said senior Olivia Gannon, who tallied three goals and an assist and was named the D-I tournament’s most outstanding attacker. “We’ve wanted this and worked for it since being at the nationals last year.”
Trailing by two goals at halftime, Delaware faced its biggest deficit of the game when Pittsburgh scored less than 90 seconds into the second half to extend its lead to 8-5. But that’s when the tide turned.
Delaware’s defense, led by junior Olivia Townsend and anchored in the second half by senior goalie Caroline Keller (5 saves), held Pitt scoreless for 18 minutes as the offense began to chip away at the lead.
“We stress communication and being focused on the second slide,” said Townsend, selected as the tournament’s most outstanding defender. “We play so well when we’re having fun.”
Two goals by freshman Jillian Leonard less than a minute apart sparked a 5-0 run that moved Delaware in front, 10-8. When Pitt ended its long scoring drought with Allison Hawkins’ goal at 10:43 and cut the lead to one, Delaware quickly answered with another three-goal run in a span of four minutes.
By the time Leonard scored her third of the day, this time on a free-position at 4:56, Delaware had pushed its lead to four goals at 13-9 and was beginning to anticipate a celebration. All told, the Blue Hens outscored Pitt 8-1 during a pivotal 21-minute stretch of the second half.
“We started to realize that the dream of winning was realistic,” said sophomore Sarah Tappan, who finished with a team-high four goals for Delaware.
Two late goals provided some hope for the Panthers, but two free-position saves by UD’s Keller in the closing minutes prevented Pitt from completing its own comeback bid. The afternoon belonged to the self-coaching upstarts from the First State who closed the year with six straight wins and a final 13-2 record.
“We definitely have great chemistry on this team, on and off the field,” Gannon said. “We know what to look for when we’re on the field and we hold each other accountable.” Pittsburgh had its 11-game winning streak snapped and finished the year with a 17-2 final record.
The University of Denver won the WCLA DII National Championship.
By Paul Ohanian
SALT LAKE CITY - Denver Club’s senior goalie Jammie Dumolt, who was selected as a first team All-American earlier in the week, did not play one second in Saturday’s US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division II Championship Game. She was not injured, and she certainly didn’t do anything that merited punitive time on the sideline.
The reason Dumolt didn’t see action in the biggest game of the year was, simply, that she is right handed.
Denver’s coach Mindy Stone watched 120 minutes of Loyola (Md.) games in the previous two days and came to the conclusion that one of the best strategic decisions she could make for the championship game was to start her left-handed goalie, Kallie Feldhaus. It presented Loyola with a look that Stone felt worked against their strength.
The plan worked like a charm. Feldhaus, who normally splits time with Dumolt but played the entire game Saturday, recorded eight saves and probably altered at least that many more Loyola shots as Denver quieted the high-scoring Greyhounds’ offense, posting a 9-6 win to claim their second straight D-II national championship.
“Kallie and Jammie are close friends and support each other regardless of who is in the game,” Stone said. “Seeing a different look in goal can be hard to adjust to and judging by how many of their shots missed the target, I think that playing Kallie was the right choice.”
It didn’t hurt that Feldhaus also had a solid defense in front of her, led by three-time attacker of the year Kelley Dingens, and that she played incredibly well when tested, making several key saves in the second half to protect UD’s lead and keep the momentum from turning.
Having closed the first half with a four-goal run to seize the lead, Denver allowed Loyola to score on its first possession of the second half and cut the lead to 7-5 with 27:42 remaining. Not many might have guessed that the Greyhounds, who tallied 49 goals in their first three tournament games, would only muster one more goal the rest of the way.
“Kallie was incredible today. When she is ‘on’ it makes us great,” said All-American sophomore midfielder Sophie Smith, who paced the UD offense with three goals. “It’s always a team effort.”
Smith’s second goal of the game at 10:52 of the first half tied the score at 4-4 and jump started Denver’s four-goal run. Smith added her third midway through the second half to extend the lead to 8-5, and freshman Sophie Vernon sealed the win by adding her second of the game with 1:21 to go.
Vernon and sophomore attacker Kaitlin Ball directed the Pioneer’s offense for much of the day, with Smith benefitting from the increased attention those two were getting from the Loyola defenders. Vernon (2g-1a) was selected as the D-II tournament’s most outstanding midfielder, and Ball (1g-1a) was named the most outstanding attacker.
“When we get a lead we get more hyped,” Smith said.
Denver (14-2) becomes the first back-to-back champion in the eight-year history of the WCLA Division II championship, and finished the year with a 13-game winning streak.
Loyola was led its sophomore All-American Michaela Smith, who finished with three goals, and freshman Kelly O’Krepkie, who added two goals and two assists. The Hounds (12-3) had their seven-game winning streak snapped by the loss and finished as the national runner-up for the second time in team history.
SALT LAKE CITY – Caroline Youngs of Georgia and Kelley Dingens of the University of Denver were named as the Division I and Division II winners, respectively, of the 2017 Amtahcha Award as the players of the year in the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA). Both players were honored during ceremonies 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.
Youngs, a senior goalie, is a three-time, first team All-American and led Georgia to a 13-3 record in the regular season. The Bulldogs are the defending WCLA champions and secured the No. 4 seed for this week’s Division I national championship tournament in Salt Lake City.
Dingens, a senior defender, is also a three-time All-American and led Denver to a 12-2 record this season. The Pioneers are the defending WCLA D-2 champs and are the top seed in the 2017 Division II championship tournament.
The 2017 WCLA DI All-Americans and major award winners in each division were named and honorees are:
Division I - First Team
Katie Koller – UCLA - Junior
Nelli List – Texas - Junior
Julia Norek – Georgia - Junior
Sam Simonich – Santa Clara - Senior
Jillian Schell – San Diego State - Sophomore
Jessica Berg - Colorado State - Junior
Gretchen Kiep – UCLA - Senior
Beth Ruder – Santa Clara – Senior
Julia Sargent – Cal Poly - Junior
Sydney Sapir – North Carolina - Junior
Jessica Tobey – Colorado - Junior
Maddie Ward – Pittsburgh - Senior
Jackie Adelsberg – UCLA - Senior
Lead Feulner – UCLA - Junior
Emily Horn – Virginia Tech - Senior
Claire Kingston – Cal Poly - Senior
Emily Tower – Georgia – Senior
Caroline Youngs – Georgia – Senior
MacKenzie May – Colorado State - Senior
Division I - Second Team
Courtney Bruch – Pittsburgh - Senior
Brigid O’Flynn – Boston College - Senior
Samantha Sherman - Colorado State - Senior
Whitney Sieverts – Brigham Young - Senior
Shannyn Westgarth – San Diego State - Sophomore
Emily Frazelle – Texas A&M - Senior
Katherine Vocelka - Georgia - Junior
Bianca Ingato – North Carolina - Junior
Heather Haight – Brigham Young - Sophomore
Jackie McGuinness – Virginia Tech - Sophomore
Lia Winter – Pittsburgh – Senior
Sarah Wyrick – Western Washington - Junior
Katie Buck - Georgia - Junior
Sarah Fried – Michigan - Sophomore
Rachel Judd Keep – Brigham Young - Senior
Kayla Wayne – Colorado State - Junior
Mara Wrzeniewski - Pittsburgh - Freshman
Jessica Estrada - Cal Poly - Senior
Maggie Von Massenhausen – Santa Clara - Senior
2017 Division I Awards
Player of the Year (Amtahcha Award) – Caroline Youngs – Georgia - Senior
Attacker of the Year – Katie Koller – UCLA - Junior
Midfielder of the Year – Jessica Berg – Colorado State - Junior
Defender of the Year – Jackie Adelsberg – UCLA - Senior
Goalie of the Year – MacKenzie May – Colorado State - Senior
Rookie of the Year – Jillian Schell – San Diego State - Sophomore
Coach of the Year – Dean Walker - Louisville
Jenn Eames Award – Cal Poly
For the Love of the Game Award – Savannah Walker - Louisville
The 2017 WCLA DII All-Americans and major award winners in each division were named and honorees are:
Division II - First Team
Kaitlyn Ball – Denver - Sophomore
Alexandra Kyte – Concordia (Ca.) - Senior
Jillian Queri – Denver - Senior
Michaela Smith – Loyola (Md.) - Senior
Kelsey Wood – Grand Canyon - Junior
Brianna Healy – Grand Canyon - Sophomore
Audrey Burns – Utah - Sophomore
Katy Loughlin – Loyola (Md.) - Senior
Sophie Smith – Denver - Sophomore
Alexis Ortt – Grand Canyon - Sophomore
Victoria Peleras – Concordia (Ca.) - Junior
Sophie Vernon - Denver - Freshman
Kelley Dingens – Denver – Senior
Lauren Beckstrand – Utah - Freshman
Emily Cabuling – Concordia (Ca.) - Senior
Alexandra Fontaine – Loyola (Md.) - Senior
Marissa Rillo – Cal State San Marcos - Senior
Caitlin Paine – Grand Canyon - Sophomore
Jammie Dumolt - Denver - Senior
Division II - Second Team
Olivia Braun - Oakland - Sophomore
Erin Croutier – Loyola (Md.) - Junior
Briarrose DeTommaso - NYU - Junior
Kara Holmes - Bethel - Junior
Marina Sandoval – Cal State San Marcos - Freshman
Emma Kirker - Cal State San Marcos - Junior
Francoise DeManche – Denver - Senior
Bergan McArdle – Utah - Freshman
Claire Holman – Utah - Freshman
Maddy Marshall – Denver - Freshman
Ashley Judd – Boise State - Senior
Katie Bucy – Washington State - Junior
Tamara Ford – Iowa State - Freshman
Kelly Heffernan – Illinois State - Freshman
Danielle Drake – Oakland - Senior
Tessa Braley – Utah - Freshman
Cass Sonderegger – Utah State - Senior
Whitney Davidson – Utah - Freshman
Victoria Lomangio – High Point - Junior
2017 Division II Awards
Player of the Year (Amtahcha Award) – Kelley Dingens – Denver - Senior
Attacker of the Year – Kaitlin Ball – Denver - Sophomore
Midfielder of the Year – Brianna Healy – Grand Canyon - Sophomore
Defender of the Year - Kelley Dingens – Denver – Senior
Goalie of the Year - Caitlin Paine – Grand Canyon - Sophomore
Rookie of the Year – Sophie Vernon – Denver - Freshman
Coach of the Year – Tracy Pati - Utah
Jenn Eames Award – Washington State University
For the Love of the Game Award – Michaela Beck – Tufts
For the Love of the Game Award – Cassie Cottle (official)