UC Davis Club Upsets UC Santa Barbara in USL WCLA Quarterfinals
by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com
Freshman Amy Corstorphine celebrated her birthday making 10 saves to lead UC Davis Club to a 10-9 overtime victory over UC Santa Barbara.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tenth-seeded UC Davis Club avenged a pair of regular season losses to league rival UC Santa Barbara, beating the Gauchos 10-9 in overtime in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, presented by Harrow Sports. Senior Jessica Dresser scored the game-winning goal, her fourth of the game, with 23 seconds left in overtime, to lift the Aggies at El Pomar Sports Park.
UC Davis advances to Friday’s semifinals where it will meet third-seeded Michigan. The Wolverines defeated Central Florida 13-9. The other semifinal will pit No. 1 seed Colorado State against No. 4 seed Florida Club. Colorado State beat UCLA 14-8 in a rematch of last year’s national championship game while Florida Club handled Santa Clara 15-9.
UC Santa Barbara jumped out to a 5-0 lead on UC Davis and the Aggies were held off the board for nearly the first 20 minutes of the game. Freshman Amy Corstophine made five saves in the early going for UC Davis or it could have been worse.
“Our girls banded together,” said UC Davis Head Coach Eric Valois. “ It takes a team to win this and I think we have 20 girls that came out to play, and they played for each other. Our seniors stepped up huge and we had a freshman in goal that played like she has 10 years of experience. The will to win is what carried us through this game.”
The Aggies withstood the onslaught and answered with five straight of their own before UCSB’s Lindsay Alex scored with just nine seconds left in the first half to give UCSB a 6-5 halftime lead.
UCSB took its final lead at 9-8 with 13:29 remaining in the second half, but Molly Fensterwald tied it 9-9 with 6:15 to play and then UC Davis won the ensuing draw and held on to the ball for a final shot. The Aggies got a couple of decent looks in the final minute, but UCSB goalie Jeni Centner came up with two big saves. The Aggies won the draws in OT, and again held for a final shot, and it finally paid off when Dresser ripped home a left-handed shot with 23 seconds remaining.
“We’ve been practicing the stall and the two-minute drill all season, and it’s never really worked out in our favor,” said Dresser. “I think we all kind of knew if we got it down there, we weren’t losing to them again. It wasn’t going to happen again today.”
UCSB got one final chance to tie the game as Megan Dawe took a free position opportunity in the final 10 seconds. She passed to Maegan Cruse to the left of the cage and Cruse’s shot went just wide and UC Davis grabbed the victory.
“It feels great to beat Santa Barbara, it feels even better that this is the farthest Davis lacrosse has ever gone,” said Dresser. “We’ve never made it past day two of the playoffs. From here on out, anything is a bonus.”
Dresser’s four goals led the Aggies and Kristi Irgens added two more. Corstophine, one of two Aggies celebrating a birthday (senior Lauren Colby), finished with 10 saves. Dawe led UCSB with three goals while Blair Evans had two goals and an assist and Cruse had a goal and two assists. Centner made 10 saves.
UC Davis’ opponent, Michigan, held Central Florida scoreless for the final 19 plus minutes of the first half to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 7-3 halftime lead, and went on to beat the Knights 13-9. UCF cut the lead to 9-7 midway through the second half, but got no closer. Julianne Patterson and Shelby Wagner each had two goals and an assist for Michigan. Lauren Aymat led Central Florida with four goals.
Top-seeded Colorado State continued to roll, beating UCLA 14-8 as they try to win a third consecutive US Lacrosse WCLA National Championship. Hayley Bernstein led the Rams with a six-goal effort. UCLA had a 4-2 lead midway through the first half, but CSU then scored four straight goals and never trailed again. Maddie Garcia, Brenna Mefford and Caroline Freyschlag each added two goals for CSU. Morgan Oberstein led UCLA with three goals and an assist and Bruin goalie Devon Comito made 12 saves.
The Rams will meet Florida Club, which closed the first-half with a six-goal run to take an 8-2 halftime lead, and went on to beat Santa Clara 15-9. Anna DeGiovanni paced the Gator offense with six goals, Brittini Peck added three and goalie Heather Gable made 14 saves. Maggie Burke led Santa Clara with three goals, all in the second half as the Broncos tried to rally.
In consolation action on Thursday, Colorado survived a major scare from Penn State. Penn State rallied with four straight goals late in the second half, but CU goalie Anne Buckley made a key save with under a minute to play on a free position shot to preserve an 8-7 Colorado win. Sara Tanabe and Molly Carstensen each had two goals for Colorado while Buckley made 12 saves. Penn State was led by Cate Hansberry with three goals, including the goal that pulled PSU within 8-7 with 1:55 to play. Nittany Lion goalie Laurie Filippone made 12 saves.
The Buffaloes will meet Chapman on Friday in the consolation bracket. Abbey Messmer had five goals and three assists to lead Chapman to a convincing 20-9 win. Lauren Mah also added four goals for the Panthers. Oregon was led by Molly Meek with three goals and Melissa Murray with two.
Also in the consolation bracket, Texas advanced after falling behind Minnesota early. Minnesota held Texas to just one goal in the first 20 minutes of the game, jumping out to a 4-1 lead, but the Longhorns offense got on track from there in a 21-12 victory. Clayton Crum led Texas with six goals and an assist and Kenner Smith added five. All five of Smith’s goals came in the second half when UT outscored Minnesota 16-6. Krista Nelson and Carla Hirsch each had three goals for Minnesota.
The Longhorns move on to play BYU, which pulled away for a 14-7 win over Virginia Club. Brooke Smith netted six goals and Kristen Lund had three goals and two assists for the Cougars. The Cavaliers trailed just 8-6 after a goal by Kappner Clark with 21:58 to play, but Lund then scored back-to-back goals and Smith put it away scoring the next three goals. Grace Jackson led Virginia with three goals.
Scores from Thursday, May 10
Division I Quarterfinals
Colorado State 14, UCLA 8
UC Davis Club 10, UC Santa Barbara 9 (OT)
Michigan 13, Central Florida 9
Florida Club 15, Santa Clara 9
Division I Consolation Games
Colorado 8, Penn State Club 7
Texas 21, Minnesota 12
Chapman 20, Oregon Club 9
BYU 14, Virginia Club 7
Schedule for Friday, May 11 (All times Mountain)
Division I Semifinals
1 pm: No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 4 Florida Club
3:30 pm: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 10 UC Davis Club
Division I Consolation Games
9 am: No. 7 Texas vs. No. 11 BYU
9 am: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 8 Chapman
9 am: No 14 Virginia Club vs. No. 15 Minnesota
9 am: No. 13 Penn State Club vs. No. 16 Oregon
12 noon: No. 2 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 6 Central Florida
12 noon: No. 9 UCLA vs. No. 12 Santa Clara
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