Colorado State, Colorado Pull WDIA Upsets
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff | Live Blog
Colorado State goalie Annette Greenberg made 11 saves to lead the Rams past defending champion Virginia Tech Club 14-7.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Colorado State knocked off defending national champion Virginia Tech Club 14-7 and Colorado rallied for a 9-8 overtime victory against Georgia to highlight the opening day of the 2010 US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) National Championship, presented by Harrow Sports.
Other opening day winners were Santa Clara, Lindenwood, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Cal Poly and Brigham Young.
CSU, the No. 11 seed, took care of the sixth-seeded Hokies for the second time this season. The Rams won a 14-6 decision over the Hokies in the regular season. Leading the way was junior goalie Annette Greenberg. Greenberg made nine first half saves while allowing just one goal to stake the Rams to a 4-1 halftime lead. Greenberg finished the game with 11 saves.
"Throughout the season she's grown as a player and definitely has developed into our starting goalie," said CSU coach Kelli Prime. "We went back and forth with goalies and coming into this competition we named her the starter because she definitely had improved tremendously. She's always a fighter. I'm really impressed with how well she did and I'm really proud of her."
After Virginia Tech cut the lead to 6-3 on a goal by Kristin Campbell with 20:36 to play, the Rams went on a 4-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Jacki Cella led the Rams with four goals, including three in the second half and Brenna Mefford added two. Briana Warner led the Hokies with three goals.
Wrapping up the night was a dramatic come-from-behind overtime win for No. 9 seed Colorado over No. 8 Georgia. The Bulldogs took an 8-5 lead on Lindsey Gipson's fourth goal of the game with 19:18 remaining in the second half, but that would be the last Georgia goal.
Colorado dominated possession in the second half, but had difficulty solving Georgia goalie Emily Seidel. Seidel made 15 saves, including several great stops down the stretch. Georgia was unable to take advantage of Seidel's play as it struggled to clear the ball.
"Our attack and the riding was unbelievable," said Colorado coach Dan Finck. "It just showed how much the girls wanted it. They caused so many turnovers."
Colorado finally came back to tie it 8-8 on a goal by Kara Golmont with 5:11 left in regulation. After a scoreless first overtime period, the Buffaloes scored the game winner with 24 seconds left in the second OT period. Amber Lister had a shot saved by Seidel, but she picked up her own rebound and scored the winning goal.
Lister led CU with two goals and two assists while Jody Weisenhorn, Rebecca Greene and Golmont also had two goals. Bethany Kotun had two goals to aid Gipson for Georgia.
In other first round games:
No. 1 seed Santa Clara fell behind West Chester 2-0 early, but then scored the final seven goals of the first half and went on to win 13-7. Krista Shaw had five goals and Scottsdale native Mayan Zeitlin added three. Gracie Binder had a goal and four assists. Amelia Reed and Cara Ripoli each had two goals for West Chester while goalie Allison Livelsberger made 13 saves.
No. 2 seed Lindenwood found itself tied with No. 15 seed Minnesota 5-5 at the half, but finally broke through in the second half to win 13-10. Lacey Vatland led the Lions with four goals. Karen Heggernes led the Gophers with six goals.
No. 3 seed UCSB had no trouble in cruising past Oregon Club 18-4. Ashley Antoon-Algieri led the Gauchos with four goals and Alyssa Nelsen and Maggie Aker added three each. Briana Wright led Oregon with two goals.
No. 4 seed UC Davis Club was playing in its first WDIA championship, but it didn't show. The Aggies stormed past Boston College Club 20-8. Jacklyn Taylor led the offensive onslaught with five goals and Laura Maffucci added four, including three of the first four for the Aggies. Catherine Crowe, Shannon Jergens and Ashley Thibodeau all had two goals for BC.
No. 5 seed Cal Poly, a seven-time WDIA champion, led Texas 6-1 late in the first half, but had to battle before beating the Longhorns 9-6. Texas scored back-to-back goals within 33 seconds to cut Cal Poly's lead to 8-6 with 6:21 remaining before Amanda Nespor iced the game for Cal Poly on a goal with 3:45 left. Bonnie Burtis, Sarina Madnick and Hayley Saxton all had two goals for Cal Poly. Texas goalie Jordan Cook made 14 saves and Clayton Crum had a pair of goals.
No. 7 seed Brigham Young pulled away from Florida Club down the stretch for a 13-9 victory. The game was tied 6-6 at the half and was tied 9-9 with 12:30 to play, but BYU scored the final four goals of the game. Emily Wright led the Cougars with four goals. Florida's Kate O'Linn scored the Gators first five goals of the game and finished with six overall. Brittini Peck added three more for the Gators.
Action continues on Thursday, May 6 with the quarterfinal and consolation rounds in Division I and the start of the inaugural Division II championship on Thursday morning.
Division I First Round Scores (May 5)
UC Santa Barbara 18, Oregon Club 4
Colorado State 14, Virginia Tech Club 7
Lindenwood 13, Minnesota 10
Brigham Young 13, Florida Club 9
UC Davis Club 20, Boston College Club 8
Cal Poly 9, Texas 6
Santa Clara 13, West Chester Club 7
Colorado 9, Georgia 8 (OT)
Division II Quarterfinal Games (May 6)
8 a.m. – No. 1 UC Berkeley Club vs. No. 8 St. Benedict
8 a.m. – No. 4 San Diego vs. No. 5 Denver Club
11 a.m. – No. 3 Loyola Club vs. No. 6 North Carolina Club
11 a.m. – No. 2 Oakland vs. No. 7 Southern Methodist
Division I Consolation Games (May 6)
5 p.m. – Virginia Tech Club vs. Oregon Club
5 p.m. – Florida Club vs. Minnesota
5:30 p.m. – Texas vs. Boston College Club
5:30 p.m. – Georgia vs. West Chester Club
Division I Quarterfinal Games (May 6)
8 p.m – No. 3 UCSB vs. No. 11 Colorado State
8 p.m. – No. 2 Lindenwood vs. No. 7 Brigham Young
8:30 p.m. – No. 4 UC Davis Club vs. No. 5 Cal Poly
8:30 p.m. – No. 1 Santa Clara vs. No. 9 Colorado
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