Third Time a Charm as North Carolina Wins US Lacrosse WCLA DII Title
Senior captain Alexis Thieme had a pair of goals to help North Carolina Club win the US Lacrosse WCLA Division II National Championship.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Less than a month ago, North Carolina Club fell to Towson Club by 10 goals in the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League championship game. It was UNC’s second loss of the season to Towson, but that game was a distant memory for the Tar Heels after they defeated Towson 9-8 to win the 2012 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division II National Championship at the El Pomar Youth Sports Park.
“I’m so excited. I didn’t know if we could do it, and we did,” said North Carolina senior captain Alexis Thieme.
Thieme scored the first goal of the game and added a second goal in the second half, but sophomore Hillary Margolis was the hero for the Tar Heels. Margolis had two goals and two assists and scored the game-winner on a bounce shot on a free position shot with 1:50 left in the game.
“Third time’s the charm,” said Margolis. “The first time we played them, we only lost by one, so I knew we could be competitive. I knew we could pull it off if we played our best. “
UNC led 4-3 at the half and Sarah McCullogh’s goal early in the second half gave the Heels a 5-3 lead, but the Tigers battled back, taking its final lead of the game at the 9:26 mark when Beth Ann Jancuska scored off a feed from Linday Kibler to put the Tiger up 8-7.
Sarah Kennedy tied it for UNC with 4:48 to play off an assist from Sarah McCullough, and then Margolis hit the game-winner three minutes later.
It marked the second straight one-goal loss for Towson in the national championship game. The Tigers fell to Chapman, also by a 9-8 score, in last year’s championship.
Madeleine Loeb made 11 saves for the Tar Heels, and Holland Woodbury scored two goals to aid Margolis and Thieme on the UNC offensive end. Kibler led the Tigers with three goals while Jancuska and Elizabeth McIntosh both had a goal and two assists.
“We’ve been a comeback team the whole year, and this is the first time we came out both halves,” said Thieme.
In consolation action from the Division II bracket:
Westminster 18, Rhode Island 8: Chelsea Farrell had 11 points (7g, 4a) to lead Westminster past Rhode Island 18-8. Maggie HerrNecker, Lisa Webber and Shauntel Hyde all added three goals for the Griffins, and goalie Makenzie Hekking made 10 saves. Michelle Babat led Rhode Island with three goals and an assist, and URI goalie Abby Palmer made 13 saves.
SMU 13, Oakland 12: Mary Patterson scored her fifth goal of the game in overtime to lead SMU to a 13-12 overtime win over Oakland. Oakland’s Brianna Johnson scored with just 42 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Margaret Patterson had five goals and three assists for SMU. Johnson and Desiree Messina each had four goals for Oakland.
Utah 17, Stanford Club 7: Taylor Dunn and Nancy Ann Little each scored three goals as Utah defeated Stanford Club 17-7. Angelica Acosta led Stanford with three goals and Raquel Ryan made 11 saves.
Division II Scores from Saturday, May 12
Championship: North Carolina Club 9, Towson Club 8
3rd place game: Westminster 18, Rhode Island 8
5th place game: SMU 13, Oakland 12 (OT)
7th place game: Utah 17, Stanford 7
Division II All-Tournament Team
North Carolina: Mary Morgan Bitler, Sophie Davidoff, Kelly
Oakland: Desiree Messina
Rhode Island: Michelle Babat, Laura Klotz, Jen Lewis
Southern Methodist: Kate Urquhart
Stanford: Vic Fischman
Towson: Kortney Dwyer, Beth Ann Jancuska, Hannah Zanti
Utah: Taylor Dunn
Westminster: Erin Foslid, Kealy Kernan, Lisa Webber
Most Outstanding Attack: Lindsay Kibler, Towson
Most Outstanding Midfield: Mary Morgan Bitler, North Carolina
Most Outstanding Defense: Kortney Dwyer, Towson
Most Outstanding Goalie: Madeleine Loeb, North Carolina
Keeper of Lacrosse Award (Sportsmanship): Westminster