UCSB Earns Top Seed in WDIA Tournament
from press release
BALTIMORE - UC Santa Barbara has earned the top
seed for the 2009 US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate
Associates (WDIA) National Championship Tournament, presented by
Brine. The 16-team tournament will be held May 6-9 at the
Scottsdale Sports Complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. The championship
game is set for May 9 at 12:30 p.m.
UCSB completed an 18-2 season record with a 12-10 victory over No. 2 ranked Santa Clara in the Western Women's Lacrosse League championship game, earning the league's automatic bid to the tournament.
Six other teams earned automatic qualifiers to the tournament field by virtue of winning conference championships: No. 7 seed Lindenwood (Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League), No. 10 seed Florida (Southeastern Women's Lacrosse League), No. 13 seed Minnesota (North Central Women's Lacrosse League), No. 14 seed Texas (Texas Women's Lacrosse League), No. 15 seed Connecticut Club (New England Women's Lacrosse League) and No. 16 seed West Chester Club (East Coast Women's Lacrosse Association).
Nine at-large invitations were also awarded: No. 2 seed Santa Clara, No. 3 seed Colorado State, No. 4 seed Colorado, No. 5 seed Cal Poly, No. 6 seed Virginia Tech Club, No. 8 seed Michigan, No. 9 seed UCLA, No. 11 seed Central Florida, and No. 12 seed Georgia.
Colorado State snapped Cal Poly's 28-game winning streak to win the US Lacrosse WDIA National Championship last spring. CSU won 8-5 in overtime at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High. The victory ended Cal Poly's seven-year run as the national champion.
The US Lacrosse WDIA structure consists of more than 165 college club teams from around the country. Further information about the WDIA is available online at www.uslacrosse.org/wdia.
First Round Games
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 16 West Chester Club
No. 2 Santa Clara vs. No. 15 Connecticut Club
No. 3 Colorado State vs. No. 14 Texas
No. 4 Colorado vs. No. 13 Minnesota
No. 5 Cal Poly vs. No. 12 Georgia
No. 6 Virginia Tech Club vs. No. 11 Central Florida
No. 7 Lindenwood vs. No. 10 Florida
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 UCLA
Youth Lacrosse Clinic in Scottsdale
Together with AZ Girls Lacrosse, US Lacrosse will host "200 StiX" at the Scottsdale Sports Complex in conjunction with the WDIA National Championship Game. The event will provide 200 lacrosse sticks for girls who would like to try the sport or are new to the sport. It will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, just before the WDIA National Championship game. The two-hour clinic will start at 10:00 a.m. For more information and to register, visit http://www.uslacrosse.org/news/2009/arizonagirls.phtml
Brine is the official presenting sponsor for the 2009 US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates National Championship. Elite Lacrosse is the official retailer for the event. The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission is the host organization for the championship.
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 275,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org .
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