April 30, 2009

Conference Roll Call: Division I Women

A conference-by-conference, team-by-team breakdown of what's happening in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse.


Top-seeded Boston University (13-3, 6-0 AE) capped off a perfect America East campaign this year with a 15-10 win against UMBC last week. The Terriers head into the conference tournament with an 11-game winning streak this season and will host Vermont in the tournament opener on Thursday. Senior Sarah Dalton currently leads the nation in goals per game, averaging 4.69 per contest. BU last lost an America East contest on April 7, 2007 at Stony Brook... Second-seeded Albany (9-7, 4-2 AE) clinched its first winning season since 2000 last week by defeating Le Moyne. The Great Danes are 8-2 in their last 10 games after starting the season 1-5. The No. 2 seed is the highest Albany has had in league tournament history. Sophomore Nikki Branchini was named the conference defender of the week after posting four ground balls and four draw controls on Saturday. The Great Danes face third-seeded New Hampshire (11-6, 4-2 AE) in the conference tournament on Thursday… New Hampshire defeated Binghamton, 21-9, on Saturday. Shaunna Kaplan had three goals and five assists en route to a career-high eight points in the win. A total of 11 Wildcats scored goals in the game, including four from Michaela Hardy and three each from Kaplan, Ashley Durepo and Hayley Rausch. UHN lost in overtime at Albany, 16-15, in the teams’ last meeting on March 21. The Wildcats and Danes play at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Boston… Fourth-seeded Vermont (9-7, 3-3 AE) earned a berth in the conference tournament and a date with BU after the Catamounts defeated  Stony Brook, 19-11, and UMBC fell to Boston University. Vermont lost to BU, 12-9, in their last meeting on April 11. Catamounts attacker Samantha Stern was named conference rookie of the week after scoring a team-high four goals in the 19-11 win against Stony Brook last week that propelled Vermont into the conference tournament. The winners of Vermont vs. BU and UNH vs. Albany will play in the conference championship on Saturday, May 2.

-- J. Jude Hazard


Johns Hopkins junior defender Angela Hughes crossed the center line to do some serious damage on Saturday, scoring four goals in a loss to Penn State. She entered the game with eight career goals… Saturday’s win against Penn gave No. 1 Northwestern (17-0) its first blemish-free regular season since 2005, the first year of its current streak of NCAA championships. The Wildcats now have won 23 games in a row and 52 straight at home… Ohio State goalie Kristen Gilwee has already set program records for wins (29) and saves (497). The senior likely will crack the 500-save club Friday when the Buckeyes face Penn State in the ALC tournament semifinals … Penn State is hosting the ALC tournament this weekend as the No. 2 seed, its highest in the three-year history of the tournament. The Nittany Lions finished in a three-way tie for second place in the conference with a 2-2 record but the tiebreaker  – fewest goals allowed in league play – favored the defensive-minded squad… Where did the offense go? Vanderbilt, which hadn’t scored less than 10 goals all season, put up just four in a loss to Cornell last week, an effort that included a nearly 35-minute scoring drought while the Big Red ran off eight straight goals. It was the lowest scoring total for the Commodores since last year’s 14-3 loss to Northwestern in the ALC tournament.

-- Daniel Malloy


It was no surprise that Massachusetts’ Jackie Lyons scored the game-winner in the Atlantic-10 Tournament championship game against St. Joseph’s. It was the sophomore attack’s league-leading seventh game-winner of the season. The key to the win was a 28-6 draw control advantage. UMass led the league in draw controls with 14.33 per game. The Minutewomen claimed their second A-10 title ever, and likely will be favored again with just three seniors graduating… St. Joseph’s advanced to its first A-10 Tournament championship game. The Hawks relied on a senior-laden defense that will lose four seniors to graduation. St. Joe’s held a whopping advantage in the league in caused turnovers at 11.83 per game. Second-best was George Washington at 8.24. A-10 Coach of the Year Denise Roessler will return three of her four leading scorers, including Jenna Martino, who set a school record with 76 points on 57 goals and 19 assists. The Hawks were 5-2 in away games this year… Richmond’s Mandy Friend closed her career with five goals in an 11-10 tournament semifinal loss to St. Joe’s. The senior midfielder leaves as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 250 points. She led the A-10 in scoring the previous three seasons, but finished second on her team to fellow senior Allison Furstenburg in 2009. The Spiders are conducting a search for a full-time coach to replace interim Peter Albright, Richmond’s women’s soccer coach who took over after Sue Murphy’s mid-season resignation. Richmond was 6-5 under Albright and assistant Alli Nuzzi after starting 0-7… George Washington’s Audrey Joy was named to the A-10 Tournament All-Championship team after scoring three goals in the Colonials’ 12-9 loss to UMass. Taylor Donohue extended her point-scored streak to 15 with two goals in the loss. Katie Lilly finished her career second in program history in draw controls (93), third in ground balls (128) and fourth in caused turnovers (81). The Colonials will return 12 of their top 13 scorers… La Salle lost its final seven games of the season, but two were in overtime including the season-ending 10-9 loss to Columbia. The Explorers, though, don’t have a senior and only four juniors on the roster. Offense will be a point of emphasis after they finished last in the A-10 in goals per game. They also need to create more chances. They were last in draw controls per game, though Nora McGurkin finished second individually at 3.00 per game… Temple’s inexperience played a factor in its slow start. The Owls struggled to score all season, but showed improvement down the stretch. They scored an average better than 12 goals per game in four wins in their final six games, including a victory over Lafayette in their season finale Wednesday. Brittney Hoffman led Temple in scoring with 27 goals. Last year, she had 25 goals for fifth on the team. Jessica Colucci led the conference in saves per game at 10.33. The Owls were 1-7 in away games and were outscored, 106-57, in the first half of games… St. Bonaventure junior Molly Hastrich set a program record with 62 goals to lead the conference. It is the fourth highest total in the country. Her 15 assists give her a program-record 77 points. She was an A-10 All-Academic selection as well as first-team all-conference player. Hastrich will return along with Christine Hanley, who ranked second on the team in goals with 48. She had at least three points in 15 of the 16 games played. Danielle Drabin ranked second among conference rookies with 33 goals. The Bonnies led the A-10 with 220 goals. They will return 11 of 12 starters… Duquesne just missed a spot in the conference tournament after losing the tiebreaker to George Washington when both finished 4-3 in the A-10, but the Dukes received plenty of postseason accolades. Meghan Frederick was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Ashley Wood was selected as Midfielder of the Year. Frederick, a junior, broke the school and conference single-season record for assists with 44 on her way to 77 points. Wood graduates as the third-leading goal scorer in program history with 137. Katie Rekart returned from last year’s season-ending injury to record 46 points in her redshirt freshman campaign.

-- Justin Feil


After beating Duke 9-7 on April 17, North Carolina went down hard against the Blue Devils in the ACC semifinals on Friday, 14-4. The Tar Heels were outshot 34-22. UNC converted one of four free-position shots, while Duke was 4-for-5. North Carolina was down 5-0 at one point in the first half and never got closer than three goals the rest of the way. Megan Bosica, Amber Falcone, Logan Ripley, Jenn Russell and Kristen Taylor were all named to the 2009 All-ACC team... After falling behind 4-0 against Maryland in the ACC championship game, Duke scored eight straight goals of its own to take an 8-4 lead. But the Blue Devils couldn’t hang on to that second-half lead, as they lost 12-11. Sarah Bullard pulled Duke within one goal at 12-11 with 59 seconds left. Duke is 1-4 all-time in ACC finals. The 14-4 victory against North Carolina in the semifinals was Duke’s large margin of victory in the all-time series against UNC. Sarah Bullard, Caroline Cryer and Carolyn Davis picked up 2009 All-ACC honors... Maryland continued its perfect season by sweeping the ACC Tournament in Blacksburg, Va. The Terps had to come back from a four-goal deficit against Duke in the final before eventually winning 12-11. Caitlyn McFadden picked up the ACC Championship MVP by scoring four goals in the second half. She also claimed the crucial draw to ice the game after Duke scored with 59 seconds left to pull within one. UM is now 18-0 heading into its last regular season game against Princeton on Saturday, Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison were all named to the All-ACC team. Johnson was the only freshman in the ACC to secure the honor... Virginia lost its first ACC Tournament game since 2005 when it fell to Maryland in the semifinals on Friday. Jenny Hauser, Ashley McCulloch, Blair Weymouth and Kaitlin Duff were named to the All-ACC team... Boston College fell to Duke in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday. The Eagles have a 9-8 record. Kristin Igoe and Katie Monaghan picked up 2009 All-ACC honors... Virginia Tech finished its season with a 13-5 loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament. The Hokies finished the year at 7-10. Rachel Culp became the third Hokie to earn All-ACC honors since Va. Tech joined the conference in 2005.

-- Jesse Baumgartner


Big East Conference Tournament: Two saves in the final four minutes by the tournament’s most outstanding player, goalie Erin Goodman, helped then-No. 11 Notre Dame to its first conference championship Sunday with a 12-10 win over seventh-ranked and host Georgetown (12-5). Notre Dame opened up a 12-4 lead with 19:40 left in the game, then watched as the Hoyas scored six straight goals over the span of 11:29. But Mary Beth Brophy’s goal with 7:01 remaining was the game’s final tally. The Fighting Irish (14-4) certainly earned their stripes on the weekend. It took two top-10 wins to take the title, starting with Friday’s impressive 16-10 win over defending champ and eighth-ranked Syracuse (12-4). “As we were celebrating, I realized that we also have the automatic bid,” ND coach Tracy Coyne told school’s Web site. “That’s a great feeling to know that you are in the NCAA Tournament and you are also Big East champions.” In Friday’s other semifinal, No. 1 seed Georgetown beat first-time qualifier Louisville (9-6), 21-12. Molly Ford and Ashby Kaestner combined for 14 points...Others: Cincinnati (7-10, 0-7, season complete) closed its season Monday night with a 15-6 victory over Detroit at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati. Lynsey Burton, Laura Simanski and Lindsey Marshall each scored three goals in the win. … Connecticut (3-13, 2-5, season complete) received a team-best 51 points from freshman Kiersten Tupper, including 22 goals and 29 assists. Classmate M.E. Lapham ranked third on the team in points with 30 goals and eight assists, and Amanda Pollack was the team’s fifth-leading scorer with 11 goals. First-year goalie Anna Wallingford made 11 starts. The theme? The Huskies have a bright future … Loyola (10-5, 3-4) has two nonconference games remaining, starting with Wednesday’s trip to No. 6 Princeton and a Saturday home game with Denver … Rutgers (7-9, 3-4, season complete) had three leading goal-scorers shoot over 40 percent, led by Brooke Cantwell (.492) and followed by Annie McGinley (.419) and Kristen Anderson (.406)... All-Big East awards: Syracuse and Notre Dame’s Katie Rowan and Jillian Byers shared the 2009 Big East Attack Players of the Year award. Georgetown’s Ashby Kaestner and Syracuse’s Christina Dove shared the midfielder of the year award, Georgetown’s Bridget Noon was named defensive player of the year and Hoyas coach Ricky Fried was honored as the coach of the year. Byers, Dove, Rowan, Kaestner, Georgetown’s Molly Ford and Loyola’s Grace Gavin were first-team all-conference unanimous selections.

-- Brian Delaney


Delaware fell to Towson, 10-6, in its final regular season game. It was just the fifth time this season Delaware allowed an opponent to reach double digits. (The Blue Hens went 1-4 in those games.) Delaware is 9-7 overall and 5-2 in the CAA this season, and earned the No. 2 seed in the CAA tournament. It will play third-seeded Old Dominion on Thursday. The game should be an exciting rematch – the Blue Hens edged the Monarchs, 9-8, on April 3, just days after ODU beat Virginia. 13-10, in a stunning upset... Drexel ended a seven-game losing streak by defeating Wagner, 18-4, but fell to Hofstra, 18-10. The Dragons finished the season 8-9 overall and 0-7 in the CAA, the worst record in the conference. 2009 was Drexel’s first sub-.500 season since 2002, when the Dragons went 5-11, and the first with no CAA wins since 2003, when they won no conference games but went 8-8 overall... George Mason beat CAA rival James Madison, 8-7, on the strength of Chelsea Gamble’s three goals and two assists. The sophomore middie scored her hat trick on just three shots, and junior goalie Sara Longobucco made 13 saves. Madlyn Jamison contributed two goals and two assists in the win, tying a school record for single-season assists (30). The Patriots finished the season 6-10 overall and 2-5 in the CAA... Hofstra junior Corrine Gandolfi scored a career-high six goals to lead the Pride to an 18-0 win over Drexel. Senior defender Alysse Ruszkowski had three caused turnovers in her career finale, for a total of 89 overall, the second-best in Hofstra history... James Madison dropped its final game of the season to George Mason, 8-7. Jessie Heisterman (1g, 1a) scored with 4:34 remaining in the game, and Jamie Dardine (2g) scored again just 28 seconds later to bring the Dukes within one goal, but the Patriots’ defense withstood the last four minutes for the win. This is the second year in a row that JMU has ended its season with a one-goal loss to George Mason after last year’s 11-10 defeat. It is also the second year in a row the Dukes have posted a losing record. After a 3-0 start to the season, James Madison won only three of its last 13 games and went 1-6 in the CAA... Old Dominion posted its worst loss of the season, losing 20-10 to William & Mary, marking the most goals the Monarchs allowed this season. CAA Coach of the Year Sue Stahl pulled starting goalie Sarah Geary (6 saves, 14 goals allowed) just after halftime. (The Monarchs (11-4) lost to ACC power UNC, 16-9, back on March 18; ODU’s other two losses were one-goal affairs.) Despite the loss, Old Dominion claimed the No. 3 seed in the CAA tournament, which will be a rematch with Delaware. The Blue Hens’ edged the Monarchs, 9-8, on a last-second goal by Stephanie Allen on April 3. Old Dominion raked in three of the four major awards at the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse banquet tonight, voted on by the CAA's eight head coaches, including senior Kelly Kimener taking the league's Player of the Year honors. Head coach Sue Stahl was named CAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career and redshirt freshman Sarah Geary earned the Rookie of the Year commendation... Towson beat Delaware in its regular-season finale, 10-6, thanks in part to 13 saves from freshman goalie Mary Teeters. Teeters has the best save percentage of any CAA goalie (.495). The Tigers will face top-seeded William & Mary on Thursday in Williamsburg in the CAA tournament... William & Mary sophomore Maggie Anderson tied a career-high five goals and earned CAA Co-Player of the Week honors for her performance in a 20-10 victory over Old Dominion. The top-seeded Tribe will defend its CAA championship in Williamsburg starting Thursday, against Towson. W&M beat Towson, 12-9, earlier in the season, on a day with an uncharacteristically bad performance from Tigers freshman goalie Teeters (six saves).

-- Clare Lochary


Longwood is preparing to host the inaugural National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Tournament this weekend as the top-seeded Lancers (9-6) will open the tournament against fourth-seeded Howard (1-10), followed by second-seeded Detroit Mercy (4-7) against third-seeded Presbyterian (2-10). The winners of the two games on Friday will meet Sunday in the NLC Tournament Championship, while the other teams will play a consolation match… Detroit Mercy dropped its season finale 15-6 to Cincinnati on Monday. Emily Boissonneault netted a hat trick for the Titans and has scored 45 goals this season… Villanova used a 13-goal second half in its season finale to defeat Bryant 23-16 on Saturday. Junior Erica Rybinski tallied five goals and four assists in the victory for the Wildcats (8-8), who finished with their largest win total since 2002… Le Moyne sophomore attacker Rebekah Elmer tied her season high with four goals on Saturday, but the Dolphins (5-12) dropped their season finale to Albany 12-10… Davidson (6-10) concluded its regular season on April 21 by breaking out of a long scoring slump, notching a season-high 20 goals and defeating fellow Independent Presbyterian 20-9.

-- Steven Russolillo


It is looking more like the Ivy League will only get two teams into the NCAA tournament. Cornell followed up a dominant 11-4 win over No. 10 Vanderbilt last Tuesday with a stunning 11-7 loss to Harvard on Saturday. The Big Red held Vanderbilt to a season-low four goals, more than 11 under their average, and used a 6-1 second-half edge to pull away. Libby Johnson had five goals. Cornell, though, didn’t score in the second half after Harvard held an 8-7 halftime lead. Cornell fell to 3-4 in the Ivy League. The Big Red hosts Notre Dame in its season finale, one last chance to bolster its at-large resume … Dartmouth also saw its at-large chances take a hit with a loss at No. 12 Boston University last Wednesday and another loss to Syracuse on Tuesday. The Big Green finishes at Duke on Saturday in its last chance to impress…  Penn suffered its first loss of the season, 11-9, at No. 1 Northwestern on Saturday. The No. 3 Quakers became the first team this season to hold a halftime lead over the Wildcats. They led, 6-5, before Northwestern used a 7-3 draw control advantage to overtake them in the second half. Emma Spiro had three goals to lead the Quakers, who finish the regular season by hosting Stanford on Saturday. Beyond that, Penn wouldn’t mind a rematch with Northwestern to turn the tables in the NCAA tournament. They beat Northwestern in the regular season last year but lost in the NCAA title game… Princeton got a tougher challenge than it expected in an 8-7 win over Brown. Christine Casaceli scored four goals, including the game-winner with 6:14 left to give the Tigers a 6-1 record in Ivy play for second place overall. Erin Tochihara made two crucial saves in the final five minutes to preserve the win. The No. 6 Tigers then defeated Loyola on Wednesday and can solidify a high NCAA Tournament seed with a win at No. 2 Maryland on Saturday… Brown beat Yale on Wednesday in its final Ivy game of the year, moving the Bears into a tie for fourth place with Cornell. It was their third Ivy win of the season, a total they had not reached since the 2003 season... Yale lost to Brown following an 11-day layoff between games. The Bulldogs had won three of their previous five games, and have allowed less than six goals per game on average in their last four contests… Harvard’s win at No. 20 Cornell is the biggest of the season for the Crimson, which is playing the 22nd-most difficult schedule in the country. The win snapped Cornell’s 10-game winning streak in the series. Jessica Halpern scored four goals and added an assist in the win. She leads the Ivy League in scoring and is 41st in the nation. Halpern has scored at least three goals in 11 of the Crimson’s 15 games. Harvard finishes its season at Boston College on Thursday… Columbia’s loss to Dartmouth on Sunday snapped the Lions’ three-game winning streak. The Lions guaranteed themselves of equaling the eight wins they earned in 2006 with a 10-9 overtime win over La Salle last Thursday. Holly Glynn scored the game-winner. She scored the Lions other overtime goal as well. Columbia polished off the season with a win at Bucknell on Tuesday.

-- Justin Feil


Fairfield captured three of the top season-ending awards for Kristen Coleman (offensive player), Lauren Chatnik (defensive player) and Mike Waldvogel (coach). Also named to the Metro Atlantic first team were Stags Kelly Barnes, Amy Kelleher, Rebecca White, Brittany Bare and Kylee Martin. First-team honors also went to Carolyn Sumcizk and Stephanie Garland of Marist, rookie of the year Chrissy Gutenberger of Manhattan, Lindsey Rosecrans of Siena and the Canisius tandem of Ashley Gray and Chelsea Martinez... Canisius (8-10) was ousted by Marist, 13-11, in the MAAC semifinals – Marist had beaten Canisius, 10-9, only five days earlier in the regular-season finale. Canisius led 10-8 but surrendered five of the last six goals. Chelsea Martinez scored three times, tying Whitney Card for the school mark of 53 goals. Brianne Laffey scored twice and Taylor Gray had three points. Allison Daley made eight stops. Martinez won the points title (59). Senior Ashley Gray closed with 42 goals and 57 points this season, and 140 goals and 56 assists for her career. Eight Griffins reached double-digit goals. Canisius was 5-3 at home, 3-7 on the road. Seven Griffins were named to the MAAC all-academic team... Fairfield (16-2) plowed through Manhattan (20-8) and Marist (19-9) to win its first MAAC tourney title since 2001. Kristen Coleman had five goals and two assists against Manhattan, Erin Rigby posted three goals and a career-best five assists, Abbey Goodwin recorded four goals and an assist and Brittany Bare had the hat trick. The Stags overcame a 5-2 deficit, scoring the last six of the first half and the first six of the second, keeping Manhattan off the scoreboard for 27 minutes. Fairfield didn’t waste any time against Marist, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the final. Tourney MVP Rebecca White scored six goals against the Red Foxes. Coleman contributed three goals and four assists, Goodwin had four goals and Rigby had two. Lauren Chatnik made 13 saves, 10 in the second half. Joining White on the all-tourney team were Kim Fuchs, Kylie Martin, Alyssa Vecchione and Goodwin. The Stags have the fourth-highest winning percentage (.889) in NCAA Division I, trailing only unbeaten Northwestern and Maryland, and Penn (13-1). Fairfield beat Sacred Heart, 16-11, at home on March 17. In the first matchup, Coleman had five goals, and 10 Stags scored in all, including two goals apiece from Rigby and White. Tickets for Saturday’s play-in game at Lessing Field are $7 adults and $3 for students, children and seniors. Fairfield received votes in the IWLCA Division I weekly poll for the second season in a row, earning a place in the “also receiving votes” portion. Ten Stags made the MAAC all-academic team.
Iona placed 15 members on the MAAC all-academic team... Manhattan (11-5) bowed to Fairfield, 20-8, in the MAAC semifinals. Chrissy Gutenberger and Phelicia VanOverbeke each scored three goals. The Jaspers were held scoreless for a 27-minute stretch as Fairfield scored 12 goals. Gutenberger led the team in goals (54), assists (14) and points (68). Caralyn Hickey finished with 45 goals and 53 points. VanOverbeke had 35 goals and Julia Lavelle added 32. The Jaspers were 8-3 at home, 3-2 on the road. Nine Jaspers were named to the MAAC all-academic team... Marist (12-5) upended Canisius,1 3-11, in a MAAC semifinal before bowing to Fairfield, 19-11, in its third consecutive visit to the finals. In the semifinal, Lauren Ciccarello had four goals and Kate Noftsker added three. Trailing 10-8, Marist got goals from five different players in the closing 17 minutes. Kelsey Thoms made seven of her nine saves in the first half. Marist surrendered the first seven goals in the MAAC finale. Stephanie Garland scored four goals, setting the school record for goals (55) and breaking the mark of 2008 grad Lindsay Diener. Garland won the points title (70). Marist had beaten Fairfield in the 2008 title match. Cristin Begley finished with 32 goals and Noftsker added 30. Marist set school records for most wins (12), longest win streak (five) and winning percentage (.706). Marist was 5-2 at home and 7-3 on the road. Twelve Red Foxes made the MAAC all-academic team... Niagara placed eight members on the MAAC all-academic team... Siena placed five members on the MAAC all-academic team.

-- Ken McMillan


Stanford completed a perfect MPSF season and won its fifth consecutive league title by defeating third-seeded Cal, 18-12, in Palo Alto. The Cardinal made it to the title game by thumping UC-Davis, 17-3. Leslie Foard led Stanford with five goals and one assist; Tournament MVP Karen Nesbitt and Lauren Schmidt each had a hat trick and two assists in the title game. In the semifinal win over the Aggies, freshman Anna Boeri tied a school record with five assists. The Cardinal has little time to rest on its laurels, though. Stanford faces two more opponents – unranked Louisville on Thursday and a game at No. 3 Penn on Saturday. Because the MPSF has no automatic qualifier and Stanford is 0-2 against other likely at-large picks (Syracuse and North Carolina), a win over the Quakers is the only road to the tournament. Stanford defeated Penn, 10-8, in Palo Alto last year in a stunning upset, shortly after former coach Michele Uhlfelder left the Cardinal program midseason. The Quakers only other loss in 2008 was to Northwestern in the national championship game, and Stanford is the only team besides Northwestern to have beaten Penn in the last three years... Cal defeated St. Mary’s, 17-6, in the first round and upset No. 2 seeded Oregon, 10-9 in the semifinal round of the MPSF tournament to reach the final game for the first time since 2005. The one-goal win over the Ducks came just seven days after the Golden Bears defeated them 13-12 in triple overtime in regular season play. Goalie Morgan Dyson made 16 saves in the win. Although Cal lost in the MPSF final to top-seeded Stanford, 18-13, Alex Tickner and Denna Faye Herald (a key contributor in the Oregon win) made the all-tournament team. The Golden Bears finished the season with an 8-11 overall record and a 4-2 MPSF mark... Oregon thumped Fresno State, 19-2, in the MPSF quarterfinals but came up short against Cal, 10-9. MPSF Newcomer of the Year Jana Drummon had a hat trick against the Bulldogs but was shut down by Cal’s DennaFaye Herald in the semifinal. It was the second time in seven days that the Golden Bears beat the Ducks by a one-point margin. In both games, starting goalie Anna Poponyak struggled – head coach Jen Larseon pulled Poponyak after 43 minutes, 10 goals allowed and only one save in the tournament game. Oregon finished its season 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the MPSF... UC-Davis pulled off a stunning upset against fourth-seeded Denver, winning 16-14, in the MPSF tournament. Sophomore Jacklyn Taylor scored a career-high five goals, including the equalizer and the game-winner. Teammate Britt Farquharson added four more goals and was named to the all-tournament team along with Taylor. The Pioneers had previously defeated the Aggies, 18-5, in the regular season. Denver had a 13-12 lead with 14 minutes to play, but UC Davis stormed back with a 4-1 run to close out the game. It was the Aggies’ first MPSF tournament win since 2004. The Cinderella story came to an end with a 17-3 loss to Stanford in the semifinal round. The Aggies (6-11) will host Louisville this weekend... Denver stumbled against UC-Davis in a 16-14 quarterfinal loss. All-MPSF senior Karen Morton scored five goals though, the last of which gave her 188 career goals, the most in program history. Morton may be able to pad her lead when Denver travels to Loyola on Saturday for the final game of the season... St. Mary’s senior goalkeeper Hilary Gardner made 14 saves in her final game, as the Gaels fell 17-6 to Cal in the MPSF quarterfinals. Senior attacker PJ Hainley (2g) made the all-tournament team. The Gaels finished their season 3-13 overall and 1-5 in the MPSF... Fresno State concluded its inaugural season with a 19-2 loss to Oregon in the MPSF quarterfinals. Sophomore defender Christina Cabias made the all-tournament team. The Bulldogs went 0-14 (0-6 MPSF) in their first year of Division I competition.

-- Clare Lochary


Sacred Heart captured its second straight Northeast Conference championship, beating preseason favorite Quinnipiac 11-6 in the final. Junior Cori Horelik had a career-high five goals to help the Pioneers snap Quinnipiac’s nine-game winning streak. Mary Montesarchio was named the NEC Tournament MVP for the Pioneers. Quinnipiac finished the season 13-3 with two of the losses coming to Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart moves onto the NCAA play-in game on Saturday at MAAC champion Fairfield. This is a rematch of a March 17 game played between the two schools that Fairfield won 16-11. Fairfield led 14-2 early in the second half before being outscored 9-2 down the stretch. After losing that game, Sacred Heart finished the season winning of 11 of 12 games. While Fairfield (16-2) will be a stiff challenge, it shouldn’t be as rough as last year’s play-in game for the Pioneers. Last year, Sacred Heart lost to sixth-ranked Boston University 15-3 in the play-in game.

-- Brian Logue


American senior midfielder Leslie Fischer, junior midfielder Amanda Makoid and junior defender Alyssa Romano were all named second team All-Patriot League...  Colgate scored three times in the final 4:18 of their 15-11 PL Tournament semifinal win over Bucknell.  Senior midfielder Bonnie Buechel scored four goals and added to assists to pace Bucknell.  On Tuesday, the Bison wrapped up the regular season with a 15-14 loss to Columbia.  Buechel’s six points against the Lions gave her 171 for her career, ranking second on the school’s all-time list...Up 7-3 at halftime, Colgate outscored Navy 10-1 in the second half of Sunday’s PL Championship Game en route to a 17-4 win and their second straight PL Tournament title.  Freshman midfielder Courtney Miller and sophomore midfielder Colleen Bubnack combined for seven goals and nine points on the afternoon.  Bubnack was named MVP of the tournament.  She was joined by senior midfielders Maddie Kearns and Molly Carroll, junior midfielder Meghan Lawler and senior goalkeeper Sara Drexler on the all-tournament team.  The Raiders will learn their NCAA tournament opponent on Sunday night and will play the following Sunday in the tournament’s first round... Holy Cross senior defender Lisa Gagne and sophomore midfielder Meg O’Leary earned second team All-PL honors.  Gangne led the team in ground balls with 37 and O’Leary led the team in goal-scoring with 25... Lafayette stormed back from an 11-8 deficit to win at Villanova last Tuesday night, 14-13.  Sophomore midfielder Lauren Brown scored five goals to lead the Lafayette offensive effort.  Lafayette closed out the regular season Wednesday with a loss at Temple... Lehigh scored the game’s final three goals to cut a Navy lead to 12-11, but could get no closer at the Middies held on to the one-goal win in the PL Tournament semifinals in Hamilton last weekend.  Senior attackers Sara MacIntyre and Meagan Tenety were both named to the all-tournament team... Although Navy lost at Colgate, 17-4, in its first-ever PL Championship Game, the Mids finished the season with a 13-5 record and are now 26-9 in their first two varsity seasons.  Three Mids earned all-tournament honors: junior midfielder Erin Rawlick, senior defender Kristen Laraway and freshman goalkeeper Elaina Ponchione.

-- Andy Krauss

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