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JMU, Utah, Duke and Loyola Advance to Division II Semifinals

by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com | Thursday's DI Recap


Hannah Rodgers had six goals as No. 2 seed Utah rolled past Minnesota-Duluth 23-10 in the US Lacrosse WCLA Division II quarterfinals.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fifth-seeded Loyola (Md.) Club upset defending national champion North Carolina Club 13-12 in the opening round of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division II National Championship, presented by Harrow Sports.

The Greyhounds, the national runner-up in 2010, will meet top-seeded James Madison Club in the semifinals after the Dukes beat Santa Barbara City College 14-6.

The other semifinal will match Utah against Duke Club. Utah outscored Minnesota-Duluth 23-10 while Duke edged Oakland 8-6.

Recaps from each of the games follow:
James Madison Club 14, Santa Barbara City College 6: James Madison blanked Santa Barbara City College 9-0 in the first half and overcame a stellar game from SBCC goalie Briki Cajandig. Cajandig made 22 saves in a losing effort. Shannon Wheeler led a balanced effort for JMU with two goals and two assists and Caitlin Phillips and Jennifer Pery also had two goals. JMU goalie Lindsey Davis made nine saves. SBCC was led by Megan McCullough with three goals.

Utah 23, Minnesota-Duluth 10: Katie Baker (6g, 3a) and Hannah Rodgers (6g, 1a) led an offensive barrage by the Utes, who also got three goal and three assists from Amtahcha Award winner Laura Hunter. Laura Butcher had scored for Minnesota-Duluth to cut Utah’s lead to 8-6 with 6:31 left in the first half, but the Utes scored three straight, including two in the final 30 seconds of the half to take control. Butcher led UMD with three goals.

Duke Club 8, Oakland 6: Duke goalie Katherine Fraile made nine saves and held Oakland scoreless for the final 20 minutes of the game as the Blue Devils rallied for the victory. Nina Grubba gave Oakland a 6-5 lead with her second goal of the game with 20:02 to play, but Duke answered with two quick goals by Melissa Frio and Courtney Clower to regain the lead less than two minutes later. Emily Butcher scored her second goal of the game for Duke with 4:18 remaining to close out the scoring. Butcher, Frio, Clower and Michaela Domaratzky all had two goals for Duke. Oakland was led by Grubba and Donna LaPointe with two goals each while Lauren Pattah made 11 saves.

Loyola (Md.) Club 13, North Carolina Club 12: Gabrielle Costabile forced a turnover at one end of the field and then scored the game-winning goal at the other end with just 41 seconds left to lift the Greyhounds to the win over the defending national champs. Sarah McCullough scored UNC’s last three goals and had tied the game with 2:01 remaining before Costabile’s winner. Katherine Cola led Loyola with four goals and two assists and Allison Rose added three goals. Loyola goalie Molly Burnett made 11 saves. UNC was led by McCullough, Jackie Nesi and Claire Scott with three goals each while Madeleine Loeb made eight saves, including six in the second half as UNC tried to rally from an 8-5 halftime deficit.

Thursday Scores (May 9)

Division II Quarterfinals
James Madison Club 14, Santa Barbara City College 6
Utah 23, Minnesota-Duluth 10
Duke Club 8, Oakland 6
Loyola (Md.) Club 13, North Carolina Club 12

Friday Schedule (May 10)

Division II Semifinals
10 am: No. 1 James Madison Club vs. No. 5 Loyola (Md.) Club
12:30 pm: No. 2 Utah vs. No. 3 Duke Club

Division II Consolation
11 am: No. 4 North Carolina Club vs. No. 8 Santa Barbara City College
11 am: No. 6 Oakland vs. No. 7 Minnesota Duluth


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