Survive and Advance: Georgia Moves On in WCLA
by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com
Jenna Dreyer had six goals, including the game-tying goal in regulation and the goal in overtime that gave Georgia the lead for good in a 15-14 win over Minnesota.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Survive and advance is the mantra of playoff sports and that was especially true during the first day of action at the 2013 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports. The teams had to survive each other and some tough weather conditions. Steady rain poured through the first set of games and the second set of games was greeted by high winds as the temperature dropped down into the mid 40s at the El Pomar Sports Park.
The biggest survivor was No. 3 seeded Georgia, which went to overtime to beat No. 14 seed Minnesota 15-14.
“Just happy to survive, just happy to survive,” said Georgia coach Adam Weinstein after the game. “(Minnesota) dominated draw controls, ground balls and their goalie made huge saves when it counted. I was just proud of my girls for stepping up in overtime when they needed to.”
The Bulldogs scored the first three goals of the overtime period, initially taking a 12-11 lead on Jenna Dreyer’s sixth goal of the game. Dreyer had also scored the game-tying goal with 2:49 remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Minnesota rallied in the second overtime, cutting the margin to 15-14 with 32 seconds left on Ashlee Miller’s third goal of the game. The Gophers won the ensuing draw, but turned it over and Georgia was able to run out the clock.
Emma Goodnow, Tali Brennan and Candace Ellery each added two goals for Georgia. Miller, Barbara Mathewson and Carla Gulbronson led Minnesota with three each.
The victory sent Georgia to the quarterfinals for the first time since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 2005.
“We’re just thrilled to make it to the second round,” said Weinstein. “It’s never happened before and that was the goal.”
Also advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time was No. 5 seed Texas, which knocked off Michigan Club 11-9. The Longhorns scored two goals in the final 36 seconds of the first half to take a 6-5 lead and carried that momentum into the second half. Kaitlin Bahr led the Longhorns with three goals while Alison Killian and Tully Moorhead each scored twice. Michigan was led by Julianne Patterson and Rachel Stattler with three goals and an assist each.
The Longhorns will meet longtime WCLA power Cal Poly in the quarterfinals. Cal Poly won seven straight national titles from 2001 to 2007 and had never missed nationals until last year. They returned with a vengeance, beating Maryland Club 17-12. Kelly Harris made 16 saves , including 11 in the first half as the Mustangs jumped out to a 12-4 lead. Christa Nelson had four goals and four assists to pace the Cal Poly offense and Meggan Weinell also had four goals. Maryland was led by Lauren Groft with five goals and two assists.
The biggest upset of the day was No. 11 UCSB knocking off No. 6 Virginia Club 13-7. The Gauchos dominated the draw and possession of the ball in the first half, moving out to a 10-3 halftime lead. Katie Mitchell and Claudia Hammerschmidt each had four goals for the Gauchos and Katie Hubbert and Lindsay Alex each had three assists. Caroline Gibson and Grace Jackson each scored twice for Virginia.
Another California team, No. 10 seed Santa Clara also pulled off an upset, beating No. 7 Florida Club 12-10. The Broncos scored the first four goals of the second half to open up an 11-4 lead, and held off a late Florida rally. Dana Kilsby and Brooke Betts each had three goals for Santa Clara and Maggie Burked added two goals and two assists. Nicole White, Jacquelyn Schaefer and Stephanie Peck all had two goals for Florida.
Top-seeded Colorado State got seven goals and two assists from senior Maddie Garcia to cruise past Northeastern 23-6 in the first round. Sarah Moyer, Lissy McNiece, Caroline Coulson and Kelly Vaggalis each added three goals for CSU, which improved to 19-0 for the season with the victory. Halley Fisher led Northeastern with two goals and two assists and Brittany O’Rourke also had two goals.
The Rams will meet No. 8 seed Pitt in the quarterfinals. The Panthers got huge offensive days from Brigit Knaus and Crista Lausten, who each poured in six goals in a 21-11 win over Southern California Club. Knaus added four assists for a 10-point game. Hayden Furey had five goals and two assists for USC, including four in the second half as the Trojans tried to mount a rally after trailing 14-3 at the half. Erin McGillivray added four goals and two assists for USC.
No. 2 seed Brigham Young also hit the 20-goal mark in a 20-6 win over Oregon Club. Brooke Smith had six goals and three assists to lead the Cougars while Jordan Haws added five goals and two assists and Bri Arnold had four goals. Kylie Agon led Oregon with three goals and Laura Ruddy made 14 saves.
Wednesday Scores (May 8, 2013)
Colorado State 23, Northeastern 6
BYU 20, Oregon Club 6
Georgia 15, Minnesota 14 (OT)
Cal Poly 17, Maryland Club 12
Texas 11, Michigan Club 9
UC Santa Barbara 13, Virginia Club 7
Santa Clara 12, Florida 10
Pittsburgh 21, Southern Cal Club 11
Thursday’s Schedule (May 9, 2013)
Division II Quarterfinals
No. 1 James Madison Club vs. No. 8 Santa Barbara City College
No. 2 Utah vs. No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth
No. 3 Duke Club vs. No. 6 Oakland
No. 4 North Carolina Club vs. No. 5 Loyola (Md.) Club
Division I Quarterfinals
No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 8 Pittsburgh, 1:30 pm
No. 2 BYU vs. No. 10 Santa Clara, 1:30 pm
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, 1:30 pm
No. 4 Cal Poly vs. No. 5 Texas, 1:30 pm
Division I Consolation Games
No. 6 Virginia Club vs. No. 14 Minnesota, 4 pm
No. 7 Florida Club vs. No. 15 Oregon Club, 4 pm
No. 9 Southern Cal Club vs. No. 16 Northeastern, 4 pm
No. 12 Michigan vs. No. 13 Maryland Club, 4 pm
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