Club Women

May 6, 2010

Un-Seeded: Upsets Rule WDIA Quarterfinals

by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff | Live Blog

Paige Spalding made 14 saves to help Cal Poly edge UC Davis Club 12-11 in OT in the US Lacrosse WDIA quarterfinals.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – After barely surviving No. 15 Minnesota in the opening round, No. 2 Lindenwood now finds itself in the driver's seat as three of the top four seeds went down in the quarterfinals of the 2010 US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates National Championship, presented by Harrow Sports, at the Scottsdale Sports Complex.

Lindenwood beat BYU 12-9, but No. 1 Santa Clara fell to Colorado 12-9 No. 3 UCSB fell to Colorado State 8-7 and No. 4 UC Davis fell to Cal Poly 12-11 in overtime. Cal Poly's overtime win marked the second straight night at the event that the final game was decided in overtime. Colorado beat Georgia 9-8 in overtime in the opening round on Wednesday.

Cal Poly's Ashely Royer drove from the right wing in front of the goal and scored the game-winner with 18 seconds left in the second overtime period to give CP the 12-11 lead they hung on to win.

"It was an amazing feeling," said the junior attacker. "I had gone no goals the whole game and I really wanted it. All season I've been told to take the extra step and I never take the extra step and I shoot too early. I don't know, I just took the extra step and it went in."

Royer never hesitated once she got the pass. One onlooker from another team said as she began her carry, "She wants it."

"The moment I got the ball, I saw my team had pushed wide so I knew I had the space to go," said Royer.

Cal Poly had taken a 7-4 lead late in the first half, but UC Davis came back to lead 10-8 midway through the second half. Cal Poly then scored three straight to lead 11-10, but the Aggies forced overtime on a goal by Jaclyn Turner with 47 seconds left in regulation.

The Aggies almost took the lead at the end of the first overtime period, but Cal Poly's Paige Spalding made a lunging save, her 14th of the game, and Cal Poly went on to win. Stacy Patch had four goals for Cal Poly while Jessica Dresser led UC Davis with four goals.

Top-seeded Santa Clara got a big game from Krista Shaw (five goals), but Colorado used a five-goal run in the second half to break a 7-7 tie and beat the Broncos 12-9. Amber Lister, who scored the game-winner for CU in overtime on Wednesday night, was big again with four goals and three assists. Jody Weisenhorn also added four goals for the Buffaloes.

UCSB jumped on Colorado State by scoring the first three goals of the game, but went scoreless for the final 19 plus minutes of the first half and CSU ended up hanging on for an 8-7 win. After scoring the final four goals of the first half, the Rams continued to stay hot in the second half and went up 8-5 on Kristen Kasney's second goal with 11:44 remaining. UCSB's Maggie Aker scored back-to-back free position goals to cut the lead to 8-7 with 5:36 left, but the Gauchos could score no more. Kasney, Caroline Freyschlag and Hayley Bernstein all had two goals for CSU. Aker led UCSB with four goals and Jeni Centner made 10 saves.

Lindenwood trailed BYU 8-6 early in the second half, but the Lions defense held the Cougars scoreless for the final 21 plus minutes of the game to post a 12-9 victory. The score was tied 9-9 in the second half before the Lions went up 10-9 on Justiene Groothuis' goal with 8:11 remaining. Lacey Vatland, who had a game-high four goals, then scored the final two goals of the game for Lindenwood. Kathryn St. George also had three goals for Lindenwood. Emily Wright led BYU with three goals.

In the consolation round games, Florida beat Minnesota 14-11 behind five goals each from Kate O'Linn and Brittini Peck. Lindsay Lewis scored five of the first six goals for Minnesota and finished the game with seven goals.

Last year's champion, Virginia Tech, rolled over Oregon 21-6. Briana Warner led the way with an eight-point effort on five goals and three assists. Marjory Jones and Michelle LaBricciosa each added three for the Hokies. Solveig Lee led Oregon with two goals.

Boston College knocked off Texas 15-13 behind five goals from Catherine Crowe. Ashley Thibodeau added five. Grace Jackson led Texas with six and Clayton Crum had four.

Georgia handled West Chester 12-7 as Taylor Lugash and Kathryn Blum each scored three times. Alyse Kullman led the Rams with three goals.

Quarterfinal scores
Colorado State 8, UCSB 7
Lindenwood 12, BYU 9
Cal Poly 12, UC Davis 11 (OT)
Colorado 12, Santa Clara 9

Consolation scores
Florida 14, Minnesota 11
Virginia Tech 21, Oregon 6
Boston College 15, Texas 13
Georgia 12, West Chester 7

Semifinals, Friday, May 7
6 p.m. – No. 5 Cal Poly vs. No. 9 Colorado
8 p.m. – No. 2 Lindenwood vs. No. 11 Colorado State

Consolation round games, Friday, May 7
9 a.m. – Oregon vs. Minnesota
9 a.m. – Texas vs. West Chester
9:30 a.m. – Virginia Tech vs. Florida
9:30 a.m. – Boston College vs. Georgia
11:30 a.m. – UCSB vs. BYU
11:30 a.m. – UC Davis vs. Santa Clara

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