SMU Upsets No. 2 Oakland in WDIA Div. II Quarters
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff | Live Blog
Olivia Flores had four goals to help SMU upset No. 2 Oakland 17-16 in the US Lacrosse WDIA Div. II quarterfinals.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Seventh-seeded Southern Methodist upset second-seeded Oakland 17-16 in the quarterfinal round of the Division II bracket of the 2010 US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports. Each of the other top seeds – Cal Berkeley Club (No. 1), Loyola Club (No. 3) and San Diego (No. 4) won their first round games.
SMU seemed to be in control of Oakland with an 11-6 lead late in the first half, but the Grizzlies came back with two goals in the final 1:32 of the first half and kept on coming in the second half. Oakland went on top 15-14 when Haley Noonan scored with 12:04 remaining, but SMU answered with the next three goals of the game. Oakland cut it to 17-16 when Vera Patta scored with 3:35 remaining, but SMU was able to run out the clock for the victory.
Olivia Flores led SMU with four goals, including the go-ahead goal with 7:46 remaining. Hope Hicks and Riley Sexton each added three for SMU. Oakland was led by Noonan with four goals and two assists and Patta added three goals and two assists.
Top-seeded Cal Berkeley Club scored the first six goals of the game and was never seriously threatened by St. Benedict. The Bears won the game 15-7 behind three goals each from Sophie Shevick, Lillian Nelson and Vanessa Royle. Cal goalie Devon Combe was also solid with 10 saves. Emily Sherlock and Brooke Brodeur each had two goals for St. Benedict.
Loyola Club used a strong second half to down North Carolina Club 13-10. UNC rallied to take a 6-5 lead at the half, but Loyola scored the first four goals of the second half to regain momentum. Back-to-back goals just 28 seconds apart for UNC cut the lead to 9-8, but Carolina got no closer. Erin Cawley was dominant offensively for the Greyhounds with six goals and two assists. Sarah Hiser led UNC with three goals.
San Diego downed Denver Club 21-16 in a wild game that saw Denver race out to a 6-0 lead. San Diego then scored 14 of the game’s next 16 goals and led 14-8 with 22:41 left in the second half. Denver pulled to within three on two separate occasions, but got no closer. Emily Fuller and Madeline Grose were a lethal 1-2 punch for the Toreos with Fuller netting seven goals and Grose adding five goals and an assist. Nina Kim had four goals for Denver while Pioneers goalie McKenna Hall made 15 saves.
Div. II Semifinal Matchups (May 7)
11 a.m. – No. 1 Cal Berkeley Club vs. No. 4 San Diego
11 a.m. – No. 3 Loyola vs. No. 7 SMU
Div. II Consolation Matchups (May 7)
8 a.m. – St. Benedict vs. Denver Club
8 a.m. – North Carolina vs. Oakland
Action in the Division I bracket begins later this evening with the consolation round at 5 p.m. and the quarterfinals at 8 p.m.
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