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Mustang Magic: Cal Poly Upsets Lindenwood

by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com | WCLA National Championships Blog


Stacy Patch scored two late goals to help force overtime and Cal Poly rallied to beat Lindenwood 15-14 in the opening round of the 2011 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Cal Poly hasn’t won a national championship since 2007, but the aura around the most successful program in the history of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) is still there. The Mustangs added another chapter to their lore on Wednesday night, beating Lindenwood 15-14 in the second sudden victory period to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2011 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships, presented by Harrow.

The Mustangs won seven straight national championships from 2001 to 2007 and came into the game with an all-time record of 32-3 in US Lacrosse WCLA tournament play.

“Last night I gathered everybody together and actually read letters from the alumni who had all experienced national championships,” said first-year coach Emily Buckel, a senior on last year’s Cal Poly team that fell in the title game. “None of them know it. My freshman year was the last time we won it. I read it to them and said, ‘Do you guys want this.’ It’s all about the mentality. You come to this tournament and it’s anybody’s game.”

Getting here is the important thing. Colorado State won the national championship last year as a No. 11 seed, so Cal Poly’s No. 12 seed doesn’t really mean anything. Lindenwood, seeded fifth, appeared to have taken control on Kara Cashen’s fifth goal of the game wit 8:32 left in the second half. That gave the Lions a 13-10 lead.

Cal Poly then turned to one of its veterans as senior Stacy Patch scored back-to-back goals in the final five minutes to tie the game 13-13 with two minutes to play, and the game went into overtime.

Senior Ashley Royer, who had scored the game-winning goal in overtime on the very same field against UC-Davis at last year’s tournament, scored with 1:27 left in the first overtime period to give Cal Poly a 14-13 lead. But Lindenwood was not done. Lexi Crusha scored with just 45 seconds left in the second overtime period to send it to sudden victory overtime.

Neither team scored in the first sudden victory period, but Cal Poly freshman Emily DeSimone scored just 46 seconds into the second overtime period to give the Mustangs the dramatic 15-14 win. It was DeSimone’s fifth goal of the game.

“She showed up,” said Buckel. “I was so proud of her, she stepped up, and here we go.”

DeSimone’s five goals led Cal Poly while Patch added three goals and three assists and Royer had three goals. Crusha had six goals and an assist to lead Lindenwood and Cashen had five.

WCLA First-Round Recaps

Colorado 18, Midland 2: The No. 1-seeded Buffaloes easily cruised past No. 16 seed Midland, a school from Nebraska that is playing in the national championship for the first time. Sara Tanabe led Colorado with five goals while Belinda Wolverton and Rylee Moore-Ryberg scored for Midland.

Florida 14, Minnesota 10: No. 2 Florida got all it could handle from No. 15 Minnesota before the Gators pulled away. With just over 10 minutes to play, Minnesota was down just 11-9, but Florida freshman McKinley Carden then scored goals just 22 seconds apart to put the game out of reach. Carden led the Gators with six goals. Lindsay Lewis had three goals and an assist for Minnesota.

Santa Clara 23, Boston College 12: Santa Clara’s Maggie Burke scored 11 goals to break the WCLA tournament record of 10 goals set by Navy’s Tiffany Hill in 2001 against Michigan State, and the Broncos scored the final eight goals of the game to beat BC. Santa Clara’s Maria Pestana also had a huge game with four goals and six assists, and Broncos goalie Lauren Orlando made 18 saves. Sinead Brady led Boston College with three goals.

Colorado State 10, Pittsburgh 4: Defending national champion Colorado State didn’t look sharp, but tightened up its defense big time to beat the Panthers. The Rams held Pittsburgh with a goal for the final 41 minutes of the game to pull away from a game that was close throughout the first half. Hayley Bernstein led the Rams with four goals. Grace Gallagher had a pair of goals for Pitt and Katie Rieley made nine saves.

UCSB 16, Texas 10: No. 7 UCSB trailed Texas 8-4 at the half, but senior Ashley Antoon-Algieri put the Gauchos on her back. Antoon-Algieri scored four goals in the opening nine minutes of the second half and finished the day with seven goals as UCSB rallied for the win. Texas went almost 19 minutes in the second half before finally scoring on a goal by Kenner Smith with 11:22 left. Smith led the Longhorns with four goals.

UCLA 15, Michigan 11: Michigan scored the first three goals of the second half to take a 10-8 lead on UCLA, but the Bruins then ripped off six straight goals – four of them by Morgan Oberstein to retake control of the game. Kelley McCarroll Gilbert led UCLA with seven goals and Allie Simpson also added five assists. Julianne Patterson led Michigan with two goals and two assists.

WCLA Quarterfinals (Thursday, all times Pacific)

Division I
No. 3 UC Davis vs. No. 6 Colorado State, 8 p.m.
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 7 UCSB, 8 p.m.
No. 4 Santa Clara vs. No. 12 Cal Poly, 8:30 p.m.
No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 9 UCLA, 8:30 p.m.

Division II
No. 1 Westminster vs. No. 8 Wisconsin-River Falls, 8 a.m.
No. 4 Towson vs. No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth, 8 a.m.
No. 3 Southern Methodist vs. No. 6 Utah, 11 a.m.
No. 2 Chapman vs. No. 7 Oakland, 11 a.m.

Division I Consolation
No. 14 Washington vs. No. 11 Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
No. 15 Minnesota vs. No. 10 Texas, 5 p.m.
No. 13 Boston College vs. No. 5 Lindenwood, 5:30 p.m.
No. 16 Midland vs. No. 8 Michigan, 5:30 p.m.


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