Utah Schools Advance to WCLA D-II Semifinals
by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com
Tracy Souvall scored two goals to help No. 6 Utah upset No. 3 SMU 19-4 in the US Lacrosse WCLA Division II quarterfinals on Thursday.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A pair of Utah schools advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division II National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, and they’ll be joined by teams representing both coasts.
Top-seeded Westminster had a tough early battle-with Wisconsin-River Falls on Thursday morning, but pulled away for a 15-11 victory. Its state rival, Utah, upset No. 3 Southern Methodist, 19-4. Also advancing to the semifinals were Chapman, from California, with a 12-6 win over Oakland, and Towson (Md.) Club with an 18-3 win over Minnesota-Duluth.
Friday’s semifinals will match Westminster against Towson and Chapman against Utah.
Recaps of the Division II quarterfinals follow:
Westminster 15, Wisconsin-River Falls 11: Katelyn Batters and Blair Benecke scored a pair of early goals each to give eighth-seeded Wisconsin-River Falls and early 5-3 lead, but Westminster stormed back to score the last five goals of the first half go up 8-5 at the break. Sophomore Chelsea Farrell scored six goals to lead Westminster while Lisa Webber and Lindsey Mark each added three. Benecke had four goals for UW-River Falls and Ashley Berner added three. Both goalies saw a lot of shots in this game and Westminster’s Regan Lelli finished with 11 saves and UW-River Falls’ Amanda Mikelsen made 14.
Chapman 12, Oakland 6: Oakland had no answer for the Chapman duo of Julia Hunsaker and Delaine Debeer. The towering attackers combined for nine goals, with Hunsaker netting eight points on six goals and two assists to help the second-seeded Panthers improve to 16-0 for the season. Chapman goalie Anjali Thota was also stellar, making 14 saves, including nine in the second half. Ashley Krisfalusi led Oakland with a goal and two assists and Lauren Pattah made 15 saves. Oakland trailed just 6-4 with 20 minutes to play, but back-to-back goals by Hunsaker turned the momentum to Chapman for good.
Utah 19, SMU 4: Utah came into the championship with just a 10-10 record, but most of those losses came against Division I teams. The Utes jumped out quickly on SMU, scoring the first five goals, and they cruised to the win. Freshmen Haley Poulson and Cody Rennert each had four goals for Utah and sophomore goalie Jacklyn Amadu was rock solid with 13 saves. Senior Riley Sexton led SMU with two goals and an assist.
Towson Club 18, Minnesota-Duluth 3: Fourth-seeded and unbeaten Towson scored the first nine goals of the game and was never threatened by Minnesota-Duluth. Beth Ann Jancuska had three goals during the early run and finished with a game-high four goals to go along with an assist. Hannah Gutcher also had a five-point day with three goals and two assists. Goalie Mo Phelan made seven saves while allowing just the three goals. Kate Strassman led the Bulldogs with two goals.
Friday’s Division II Schedule
Consolation Semifinal: No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth vs. No. 8 UW-River
Falls, 8 am
Consolation Semifinal: No. 3 Southern Methodist vs. No. 7 Oakland, 8 am
Semifinal: No. 1 Westminster vs. No. 4 Towson Club, 11 am
Semifinal: No. 2 Chapman vs. No. 6 Utah, 11 am
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