WCLA Race Remains Wide Open After A-Town
by Elaine Kelch | LaxMagazine.com
No. 2 UC Davis was the only team to leave Athens unscathed, its Saturday sweep of the A-Town Throwdown potentially enough to bump the Aggies up to No. 1 in this week's WCLA poll.
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Despite clearer skies and a change in venue, how the results from the A-Town Throwdown will affect the bigger WCLA picture still remains blurry.
Only one team left Athens without a loss — No. 2 UC Davis.
The Aggies (9-1) completed a three-game sweep of No. 9 Georgia, No. 5 Lindenwood and No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday, leaving the rest of the teams to sort themselves out Sunday.
Colorado State 5, Georgia 4
No. 13 Colorado State, after an early morning loss to Lindenwood (3-3), bounced back to defeat Georgia 5-4.
Benefiting from a significant turnover margin in the first half — the Bulldogs gave away 12, the Rams just three — Colorado State led 3-1 going into the break.
Georgia (9-3) fought back with Taylor Lugash (2g) and Lucie Weinberg (2g) capitalizing on Lisa Riondet (2a), Murphy Ferguson (1a) and Lindsey Brinker (1a) feeds.
But the well-rounded play, especially in the midfield and off the draw, of Maddie Garcia (1g), Sarah Moyer (1g), Dani Trelfa (1g) and Hayley Bernstein (2g, 1a) was enough to push the Rams' record above .500 to 6-5.
And that's just what Colorado State needed going into next weekend, when the Rams host the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Of the A-Town Throwdown attendees, Virginia Tech will join CSU as Central Florida, Minnesota, Utah, UCSB, BYU and Michigan State also head out to Fort Collins.
Virginia 8, Virginia Tech 6
In the first game of the day, MAWLL and in-state rivals Virginia (2-2) and No. 17 Virginia Tech (3-3) squared off in what was unsurprisingly a close game. But the Cavaliers had a bit more "pep in their step," according to Georgia head coach Adam Weinstein, who managed the game from the press box.
Grace Jackson (6g) and Lucy Scholz (2g), the only two Cavaliers to score, generated enough production to handle the Hokies.
Kate Tracey (3g), Shayla Entwistle (1g), Katie Berkel (1g) and Mary Kate Larkin (1g) scored for Virginia Tech.
Lindenwood 8, Colorado State 3
Lindenwood seemed to lull Colorado State back to sleep in the morning, playing a methodic and motion-oriented offense. Lions' All-Americans Justiene Groothius (2g) and Kathryn St. George (2g) got help from teammates Kara Cashen (2g), Eleni Papadakos (1g) and Klaysa Fitzpatrick (1g) on offense.
Maddie Garcia, Brenna Mefford and Caroline Freyschlag scored for the Rams.
Lindenwood heads to the Sunshine State this week to play Central Florida (7-2) Wednesday and Florida (11-2) on Friday.
Colorado 16, Virginia 7
Colorado recovered from its loss to Florida Saturday and beat upstart Virginia 16-7. The Cavaliers struggled to cut through the Colorado defense in the first half, trailing 9-4 at the break. Five minutes into the second half, three Virginia yellow cards opened up a floodgate of Colorado goals.
Sara Tanabe (4g, 1a), Stuart Anderson (4g), Avery Toothman (3g), Jen Hantke (3g) and Molly Carstensen (2g) scored for the Buffaloes.
Liz Duke (2g), Kasey Harvey (1g), Lucy Scholz (1g), Alli Monticollo (1g), Grace Jackson (1g) and Emily Verklin (1) did what they could for Virginia.
Florida 7, Virginia Tech 6
Boosted by goalie Marissa Higgins' 10 saves, No. 3 Florida beat Virginia Tech 7-6 in the Hokies' final A-Town matchup.
Sarah Sarnoski (3g), Jenna Hilerbrand (1g, 1a), Brittini Peck (1g), Casey Kriebel (1g) and Aubrey Siegel (1g) all scored for the Gators, who led only 5-3 going into the break.
Five minutes into the second half, the Hokies' Kate Tracey (4g) scored mid-collision with a Gator defender along the crease. Going down hard, Tracey, who performed well all weekend, called for a sub. She returned after Katie Berkel (1g) tied the game at 5-5 with 14 minutes remaining.
Florida scored twice more and led 7-5 going into stoppage time before Virginia Tech managed to pull within one. But that's as close as it would get, as Florida cemented the win in the final minute.
Boston College 13, Texas 11
All-American Clayton Crum (7g) carried a late-game Texas comeback against Boston College (2-3), but the Longhorns couldn't overcome an 8-3 halftime deficit, losing to the Eagles 13-11.
Ashley Thibodeau (4g), Catherine Crowe (3g), Kara Weeks (2g), Shannon Jurgens (2g), Lauren Ortner (1g) and Chelsea Hall (1g) all beat Texas goalie Jordan Cook (four saves) to score for the Eagles.
Georgia 10, Boston College 6
In the final matchup of the tournament, Georgia beat Boston College 10-6 after losing to the Eagles in the later rounds of both the 2009 and 2010 WCLA national championships.
Strong goaltending by Emily Seidel (seven saves) in and out of the cage kept Georgia secure in the first half before the Rams added to their 6-4 halftime lead. A Boston College timeout five minutes into the second half couldn't quell the rapid scoring of the Bulldogs, who added three more goals in the second half.
Lucie Weinberg (2g), Murphy Ferguson (2g, 1a) and Laura Bean (2g) each scored a pair for Georgia, which saw additional help from Lisa Riondet (1g, 2a), Taylor Lugash (1g), Callie Wheatley (1g) and Melissa Moore (1g).
For the Eagles, Sinead Brady (3g), Ashley Thibodeau (1g), Shannon Jurgens (1g) and Catherine Crowe (1g) found the back of the net.
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