Perfect 10: UC Davis Wins US Lacrosse WCLA DI Championship
Molly Fensterwald had four goals and two assists to lead UC Davis Club over Colorado State 9-7 in the US Lacrosse WCLA Division I Championship.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top-seeded Colorado State came into the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship game riding a 14-game winning streak, was playing in its home state and had won two consecutive national championships. But 10th-seeded UC Davis Club had overcome plenty of obstacles already, and this was just one more challenge.
The Aggies, who won their quarterfinal and semifinal games in overtime, beat the odds, defeating Colorado State 9-7 to win their first national title at the El Pomar Youth Sports Park to wrap up the four-day event sponsored by Harrow Sports.
“I think we played extremely smart lacrosse today,” said UC Davis coach Eric Valois. “It was 20 smart girls playing the best lacrosse I’ve ever seen them play. Every smart decision they made, they just kept building on it. That’s what it takes to win a national championship.”
Two of the keys to the championship were a tight defense, and a breakout performance from junior midfielder Molly Fensterwald.
On defense, the Aggies held a CSU team that had averaged 19.3 goals per game in the tournament’s first three games, to just one goal in the second half, and none in the final 24 minutes.
Fensterwald took over the game in the second half. She scored three straight goals, helping UC Davis erase a 7-5 deficit to take an 8-7 lead with 12:49 remaining. Just over two minutes later, Fensterwald fed Jessica Dresser for the final goal of the game.
“This morning was the most awake I ever felt, and just felt on top of my game today,” said Fensterwald, who finished the championship game with four goals and two assists.
“Her speed in unbelievable,” said Valois. “She accelerates and changes directions, and against the backer zone, that’s what you need.”
UC Davis had utilized the stall all tournament long, and that practice was evident when the Aggies burned off most of the clock after Dresser’s goal with 10:35 remaining. Four times CSU got the ball, only to fail to clear the ball. There was only a minute left in the game when CSU finally crossed midfield, but they were unable to get anything past UC Davis freshman goalie Amy Corstorphine. Corstorphine had another solid game with seven saves.
Dresser and Kristi Irgens each had two goals to help Fensterwald lead the UC Davis offense. Caroline Freyschlag led Colorado State with two goals and Brenna Medford added a goal and two assists. CSU goalie Natalie Dubas made six saves.
Recaps of Saturday’s Division I consolation games follow:
Florida Club 18, Michigan 15: Anna DeGiovanni (4g, 1a) and McKinley Carden (1g, 4a) each had five-point days to lead Florida Club past Michigan 18-15. The Gators jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, only to see Michigan come back to take a 9-7 halftime lead. Lindsay Higham’s goal with 12:36 to play put Florida up 12-11 and they never relinquished the lead again. Brittini Peck and Nicole White each added three goals for Florida. Ani Shekerjian led Michigan with five goals and an assist and Katie Mezwa added three goals.
Santa Clara 14, UC Santa Barbara 12 (OT): Maggie Burke scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to give Santa Clara a 12-11 lead, but UCSB's Megan Dawe scored with just three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Burke came back and scored goals in both overtime periods to lead Santa Clara to a 14-12 overtime win against UC Santa Barbara. Burke finished with six goals for Santa Clara and Maria Pestana added two goals and six assists. Maegan Cruse led UCSB with three goals and an assist and Dawe also scored three goals.
UCLA 10, Central Florida 8 (OT): UCLA scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime and then Morgan Oberstein and Antoinette Brou scored in overtime to lead the Bruins past Central Florida 10-8. Oberstein had four goals and two assists and Allie Simpson had two goals, including the game-tying goal with 1:23 left in the second half. Chelsey Tuell led UCF with three goals, Lauren Aymat had two and Kaitlin Booth made 10 saves.
Colorado 13, BYU 11: Colorado jumped out to an 8-1 lead on BYU and held off a late BYU rally to beat the Cougars 13-11. Alexa Jellison and Sara Tanabe each had three goals for Colorado. Brooke Smith led BYU with four goals and Kristen Lund added three.
Texas 15, Chapman 6: Texas scored 10 straight goals to open the second half and break a 5-5 tie and defeated Chapman 15-6. Clayton Crum scored five goals for the Longhorns and Kristina Ellice Tan added three. Abbey Messmer had three goals and an assist for Chapman.
Penn State Club 14, Minnesota 13: Isabelle Kayal scored her fourth goal of the game with 1:09 remaining in the game to lead Penn State to a 14-13 victory over Minnesota. Minnesota took a 13-12 lead on Krista Nelson’s goal with 8:29 left, but Penn State’s Ellie Hanlon tied it with 5:57 and then Kayal scored the game winner. Hanlon and Emily Evans each had three goals for Penn State. Jessica Hughes and Barbara Mathewson each had two goals and an assist for Minnesota.
Virginia Club 18, Oregon 13: Lucy Scholz had four goals and an assist to lead a balanced Virginia attack in an 18-13 win over Oregon. Sonia Wang, Grace Jackson, Allie Monticollo and Caroline Gibson all had three goals for the Cavaliers. Blaire Bended led Oregon with four goals.
Division I Scores from Saturday, May 12
Championship: UC Davis Club 9, Colorado State 7
3rd place game: Florida Club 18, Michigan 15
5th place game: Santa Clara 14, UC Santa Barbara 12 (OT)
7th place game: UCLA 10, Central Florida 8 (OT)
9th place game: Colorado 13, Brigham Young 11
11th place game: Texas 15, Chapman 6
13th place game: Penn State 14, Minnesota 13
15th place game: Virginia 18, Oregon 13
Division I All-Tournament Team
Brigham Young: Julie Smith
Central Florida: Lauren Aymat
Chapman: Lauren Mah
Colorado: Andie Solomon
Colorado State: Hayley Bernstein, Maddie Garcia, Brenna Mefford
Florida: Anna DeGiovanni, Heather Gable, Christina Monahan
Michigan: Julianne Patterson, Emmy Scheidt, Ani Shekerjian
Minnesota: Taylor Celski
Oregon: Melissa Murray
Penn State: Laura Filippone
Santa Clara: Maria Pestana
Texas: Clayton Crum
UC Davis: Amy Corstophine, Kristin Irgens, Louise Marquino
UCLA: Molly Tracy
UCSB: Katie Mitchell
Virginia: Allie Monticollo
Most Outstanding Attack: Maddie Garcia, Colorado State
Most Outstanding Midfield: Molly Fensterwald, UC Davis
Most Outstanding Defense: Sara Johnson, Colorado State
Most Outstanding Goalie: Amy Corstorphine, UC Davis
Keeper of Lacrosse Award (Sportsmanship): Penn State