Unfinished Business: Towson Club One Game Away
Muireann Phelan made 14 saves to help Towson Club defeat Westminster 13-9 in the US Lacrosse WCLA Division II semifinals on Friday.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A year ago, Towson’s women’s club lacrosse team came within a goal of winning a national championship. They fell to Chapman 9-8 in the 2011 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division II National Championship game despite playing a good portion of the game down three players due to cards.
On Saturday, the Tigers get their chance to complete some unfinished business.
The Tigers rallied past Westminster College 13-9 in the semifinals of this year’s US Lacrosse WCLA Division II National Championship, presented by Harrow Sports, at the El Pomar Sports Park. They’ll meet another team looking to finish some unfinished business. North Carolina Club rallied past Rhode Island 12-10 in the other semifinal. North Carolina fell to Towson 18-8 in the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League championship game back on April 21.
Top-seeded Towson found a worthy opponent in Westminster, which
had also lost to Towson in last year’s semifinals. The
Griffins, behind All-American Chelsea Farrell, jumped out to a 4-2
lead with 9:49 remaining in the opening half. Farrell scored
Westminster’s first two goals.
The Tigers finally got on track, scoring the final three goals of the first half, with Beth Ann Jancuska assisting on one goal and then scoring the go-ahead goal with 48 seconds left in the half.
Towson continued the scoring run into the second half, scoring the first three goals of the second stanza, with Jancuska netting the first two. Westminster answered with back-to-back goals, but could never get closer than two goals the rest of the way.
Jancuska finished the game with four goals and three assists to lead the Tigers. Lindsay Kibler added three goals and two assists and Muireann Phelan made 14 saves for the Tigers. Farrell and Maggie HerrNeckar each had three goals for Westminster.
Rhode Island led North Carolina 8-4 early in the second half and still led 9-6 with 14:05 to play, but then got outscored 6-1 over the game’s final 14 minutes. Alexis Thieme gave the Tar Heels a 10-9 lead with seven minutes to play, and Holland Woodbury clinched the game with her fourth goal with 3:13 to play that gave UNC the final two-goal cushion.
Madeleine Loeb was outstanding for Carolina in net, making 14 saves, and Mary Morgan Bitler helped the offense out with three goals and an assist. Rhode Island got three goals and an assist from Jen Lewis while Michelle Babat and Samantha Gifford each scored twice.
North Carolina and Towson will meet in the championship game at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The game time was moved up due to thunderstorms anticipated in the area.
Recaps of the Division II consolation games follow:
Oakland 21, Stanford 6: Brianna Johnson scored seven goals, giving her 17 for the tournament, as Oakland cruised past Stanford. Desiree Messina added five for Oakland and Hannah Vickery had four goals and an assist. Katherine Wendall had two goals and an assist and Cassandra Bennett had two goals for Stanford.
SMU 14, Utah 13: Mary Patterson scored her seventh goal of the game with 2:28 remaining to lift SMU to a 14-13 victory over Utah. Patterson scored six of her goals in the second half, including the final four goals of the game for SMU. Taylor Thompson added two goals and an assist for SMU. Traci Shurtleff led Utah with four goals.
Scores for Friday, May 11
Division II Semifinals
Towson Club 13, Westminster 9
North Carolina Club 12, Rhode Island 10
Division II Consolation Games
Oakland 21, Stanford Club 6
SMU 14, Utah 13
Schedule for Saturday, May 12 (Note time and field changes to some games from original schedule)
7th place game: Stanford Club vs. Utah, 10:30 am, Field 3
5th place game: Oakland vs. SMU, 10:30 am, Field, Field 5
3rd place game: Rhode Island vs. Westminster, 10:30 am, Field 4
Championship Game: North Carolina Club vs. Towson Club, 8 am, Field 1
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