UCSB Rallies, Will Meet Colorado State in WCLA Championship
Karly Slyne, who injured her knee at last year's championship, had 12 points (7g, 5a) to lead Colorado State back to the championship game.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It was a fitting end to a record-setting day. With 14 seconds left in the game, UCSB’s Katie Mitchell buried a shot from close range after taking a pass from teammate Lindsay Alex to complete a 12-11 come-from-behind win over Brigham Young in the semifinal round of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports.
It was the fifth time the duo connected in the game, as Mitchell scored seven goals and Alex set a tournament record with seven assists.
“We were just connecting,” said Mitchell. “Sometimes players have that with each other.”
“We worked together as hard as we could, just connecting on everything – waiting until it was there and we knew it was there,” said Alex. “And if it wasn’t, we picked it back up and got it around again.”
The victory sends the Gauchos to Saturday’s championship game against top-seeded and unbeaten Colorado State. The Rams exploded offensively, posting 23 goals in a 23-13 win over Cal Poly.
“Our offense is all seniors except one girl, and that one girl has an older sister who’s a senior,” said Colorado State coach Lindsey Hudek. “They knew what they wanted and they fired it up.”
The leader of the offense was senior Karly Slyne, who notched 12 points (7g, 5a), the second-best single game performance in the 13-year history of the tournament. It was sweet redemption for Slyne, who injured her knee last year on the same field and missed Colorado State’s championship game loss to UC Davis Club.
“To be where she was last year, lying on the ground, to today where she had seven goals, that’s just incredible,” said Hudek.
“It was a heartbreaker not being able to play last year, but I’m really excited to go into it and put it all onto the field – my last game ever,” said Slyne.
Slyne had plenty of help in the semifinal game, as Sarah Moyer scored four goals and Maddie Garcia, Caroline Coulsen and Ali Slyne each scored three goals.
The Rams led start to finish, though Cal Poly made a run to cut it to 11-9 at the half before Karly Slyne took over early in the second half. The Rams scored six straight to open the second half, with Slyne scoring four times and assisting on another.
Emily DeSimone led Cal Poly with four goals and two assists and Christa Nelson also had four goals.
The other semifinal had much more drama. BYU dominated the first half behind five Brooke Smith goals (six for the game), taking an 8-3 halftime lead. UCSB kept inching closer, but BYU still led 10-8 when the Gauchos were hit with a yellow card with 11:33 to play. UCSB goalie Megan Hughes made two huge saves during the man-down situation, and soon after the card expired, Alex hit Mitchell for a goal. The duo connected again at the 5:51 mark to tie the game 10-10.
Katie Mitchell had seven goals, including the game-winner in UCSB's 12-11 win over BYU.
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UCSB took its first lead of the game on a drive by Katie Hubbert with 3:38 remaining, but the Cougars answered when Beth Calderwood ripped home a shot from the right wing to knot it up 11-11 with 2:02 left on her third goal of the game. Mitchell won the ensuing draw for UCSB and then scored the game winner in the waning seconds to send UCSB to the championship game for the first time in program history.
“I’m so proud of our team, this is the first time we’ve ever made it,” said Mitchell. “I’ve personally been to nationals four times and we’ve never come this close. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Recaps from Friday’s consolation games follow:
Univ. of Texas 17, Pittsburgh 13: Texas junior Tully Moorehead led all players with eight goals in its win against Pittsburgh. All 17 Texas goals were unassisted, but came from eight Longhorn players. A tied game at 13 with 7:07 to play, Texas ended on a four-goal run to seal the win. Junior Stephanie Miller led Pitt players in points, notching four goals with one assist.
Georgia 10, Santa Clara 4: Georgia held Maggie Burke, the WCLA Division I Midfielder of the Year, scoreless as Emily Seidel made nine saves to lead a strong defensive effort. Georgia held Santa Clara scoreless for more than 21 minutes in the second half. Georgia attacker Parisa Ayers led all scorers with three goals.
Minnesota 15, Florida Club 14 (2 OT): Down 9-5 at half, Ashlee Miller scored Minnesota's last two goals of regulation to tie the game at 13 and force overtime against the Gators. Both teams added a score in the first three-minute halves of overtime, tying the game at 14, but Miller would have a hand in the winning tally after finding Lisa Hirsch for the game-winning goal of the contest with 19 seconds left in sudden victory overtime. Miller (6g) and McKinley Cardin (3g, 3a) of Florida had six points each. Florida goalie Heather Gable finished with 11 saves and Minnesota goalie Alexandra Thalhuber finished with 13.
USC Club 19, Maryland Club 6: After receiving five yellow cards in the first half, Maryland played two players down beginning with 2:02 left in the first half. Junior Erin McGillivary (6g, 1a) and freshman Elena Skouras (5g, 2a) led USC and all scorers with seven points each. USC graduate student Madison Aguirre made several point-blank saves for the Trojans ending the game with 10 total. Megan Lusby led Maryland with three goals and an assist.
Michigan Club 16, Northeastern 9: Northeastern scored first, but did not lead the rest of the game and Michigan pulled away scoring the last three goals of the first half and maintained at least a four-goal lead to the end of regulation. Junior Julianne Patterson and sophomore Katie Mezwa led Michigan's attack with five points each. Brittany O’Rourke had three goals for Northeastern.
Virginia Club 19, Oregon Club 9: The Cavaliers opened the game with three-straight goals by three different scorers before Oregon got on the board eight minutes into the game. Virginia ended with nine scorers and 10 players with points. Grace Jackson (UVA) led all players with four goals and two assists. Keaton Otake (2g) and Hanna Peper (1g, 1a) led Oregon in points. Virginia goalies, Dana Sparks and Louisa Boyd, combined for 12 saves in the victory.
Friday Scores (May 10)
Division I Semifinals
Colorado State 23, Cal Poly 13
UC Santa Barbara 12, BYU 11
Division I Consolation
Texas 17, Pittsburgh 13
Georgia 10, Santa Clara 4
Southern Cal Club 19, Maryland Club 6
Minnesota 15, Florida Club 14 (2 OT)
Michigan Club 16, Northeastern 9
Virginia Club 19, Oregon Club 9
Saturday Schedule (May 11)
Championship Game – 2:30 pm: No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, Field 1
3rd place game – 9:30 am: No. 2 BYU vs. No. 4 Cal Poly, Field 1
5th place game – 10:30 am: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 5 Texas, Field 5
7th place game – 10:30 am: No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Santa Clara, Field 4
9th place game – 8 am: No. 9 Southern Cal Club vs. No. 14 Minnesota, Field 6
11th place game – 8 am: No. 7 Florida Club vs. No. 13 Maryland Club, Field 5
13th place game – 8 am: No. 6 Virginia Club vs. No. 12 Michigan Club, Field 4
15th place game – 8 am: No. 15 Oregon Club vs. No. 16 Northeastern, Field 3
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