No. 1 Colorado Finds No Southern Hospitality
by Elaine Kelch | LaxMagazine.com
bNo. 3-ranked Florida Club upset No. 1-ranked Colorado, 9-6, at the A-Town Throwdown on Saturday, avenging an earlier loss to the Rams at the Santa Barbara Shootout.
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ATHENS, Ga. - For three years running, weather
has plagued the A-Town Throwdown. Snow, sleet, rain and any
variation thereof have been as big an opponent as the players on
Today was no exception. Things got messy and it wasn’t just the mud.
No. 1 Colorado (8-1) fell to No. 3 Florida (9-2) 9-6 after besting the Gators 7-6 at the Santa Barbara Shootout in February.
Florida jumped out early to a 4-1 lead over the Buffaloes and went to the break leading 4-2.
At the half, UGA Facilities personnel called for a 30-minute delay due to lightning in the area. Five minutes after play resumed lightning was visible from the field and the officials called for another delay.
In an effort to guarantee that the remainder of Saturday’s
games would be played, Georgia head coach Adam Weinstein
conferenced with officials and decided to play the remaining
matches back-to-back with no time allotted for on the field
Around 11:30 a.m. play began once again on both fields.
Florida wasted no time reasserting its dominance. Brittini Peck beat four Colorado players inside the 8-meter to place a speedy riser above goalie Kate Mulligan. Colorado managed a reply but Peck scored another shortly after the following draw.
Up 7-3, Florida added two more goals and the Gators rode that buffer to the win despite a late three-goal run by the Buffaloes.
But the weather wasn’t done with Colorado yet, and neither was the Southeastern Women’s Lacrosse League (SWLL).
No. 9 Georgia, coming off a thrilling 13-11 overtime victory against No. 10 Texas earlier in the afternoon, faced off against the Buffaloes.
But after 46.5 minutes of play, Georgia can’t claim a win against No. 1 Colorado – even though the Bulldogs led 8-2 with 13:31 left on the clock.
WCLA rules require 80 percent of the game to be played in order for it to be considered complete. In other words, Georgia needed the weather to cooperate just 91 seconds more to hand the Buffaloes their second loss of the day. But that didn’t happen.
After a weather delay halfway through the first half, Georgia added a pair of goals to their 4-1 lead over Colorado, who went to the half trailing 6-2. Halftime was shortened in an effort to complete the game before the next set of storms rolled in and the Bulldogs added another two goals before UGA Facilities personnel called for a delay nearly 17 minutes in.
Georgia and Colorado had a choice: UGA Facilities personnel were hesitantly open to allowing the necessary 91 seconds to be played out in order to allow the result to stand, or, the teams could choose to wait out the delay and be able to play the remaining 13.5 minutes but risk negating the game should the weather (and field conditions) worsen.
They chose the latter and the field complex was later shut down.
Because WCLA rules also require that an interrupted game restart on the same calendar day, Georgia and Colorado will have no record of playing each other as both teams, because of time constraints and field availability, cannot make-up the entire game Sunday when the tournament moves to Duncan Creek Park in Dacula, Ga.
Colorado State 10, Virginia Club 6
Virginia’s first game of the season, as well as their first time stepping onto the WCLA national scene, went well – even if the score wasn’t in their favor. Disciplined and fluid, five of the Cavaliers six goals were assisted. Emily Finn (1g), Lucy Scholz (2g), Tori O’Shea (1g), Alli Monticollo (1g) and Kappner Clark all scored for Virginia.
Colorado State’s Hayley Bernstein led the Rams with four goals and an assist. Perhaps most indicative of the threat Virginia posed for the 2010 WCLA Champions is evidenced by the play of Colorado State goalie Katie Davis who recorded nine saves.
UC Davis Club 15, Lindenwood 13
The Aggies wasted no time scoring, tallying seven goals in the first 10 minutes before No. 5 Lindenwood’s Eleni Papadakos got the Lions on the board. It seemed that Lindenwood, often praised for their conditioning, couldn’t find a way to slow the speed of the UC Davis attack.
After waiting out the same weather delay that affected the Colorado/Florida match-up, Lindenwood broke out and challenged No. 2 UC Davis throughout the second half but couldn’t overcome the overwhelming goal differential.
Seven Aggies scored in the win including Rachel Lee (2g), Lauren Colby (1g), Louise Marquino (2g, 1a), Laura Maffucci (3g), Molly Fensterwald (3g), and All-Americans Jaclyn Taylor (2g, 2a) and Jessica Dresser (2g).
All-American Justiene Groothius scored six goals for Lindenwood, who saw additional help from All-American Kathryn St. George (1g, 1a), Kara Cashen (2g, 1a), Eleni Papadakos (2g), Lexi Crusha (1g) and Ana Gullett (1g).
UC Davis Club 17, Virginia Tech Club 8
UC Davis (9-1) completed its three-game sweep at the tournament with a dominant win over No. 17 Virginia Tech. All-Americans Jaclyn Taylor (6g) and Jessica Dresser (5g) led the Aggies, while Kate Tracey, Katie Berkel and Mary Kate Larkin each scored a pair for the Hokies.
Virginia Club 15, Boston College Club 8
In a matchup of the only two unranked teams at the tournament, Virginia (1-1) saw 10 players score against the Eagles (1-2). Grace Jackson (3g, 2a) led the Cavaliers while Ashley Thibodeau, Shannon Jurgens and Catherine Crowe each scored a pair for Boston College.
Colorado State 9, Florida 8
Goalie Marissa Higgins made ten saves, but the Gators couldn’t best their second Colorado opponent of the day. The Rams Brenna Mefford (4g), Hayley Bernstein (1g, 3a), Dani Trelfa (1g), Sarah Moyer (2g) and Maddie Garcia (1g) all scored in the win.
For Florida, Katya Ruszczyk and Sarah Sarnoski each scored twice
in a balanced attack that included Lindsay Higham (1g), Jenna
Hilerbrand (1g), Brittini Peck (1g) and Casey Kriebel (1g).
Colorado State 9 Florida 8
Colorado State 10 Virginia 6
Virginia Tech 14 Boston College 13
Virginia 15 Boston College 8
Texas 12 Virginia 7
Georgia 13 Texas 11 OT
UC Davis 17 Virginia Tech 8
UC Davis 15 Lindenwood 13
Florida 9 Colorado 6
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