Colorado State, JMU Club Win WCLA National Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado State became the first No. 1 seed to win the US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division I National Championship since 2007 by dominating UC Santa Barbara 14-4 in the final. The Rams completed a perfect 22-0 season and won their fourth national title in the last six years.

For Colorado State's seniors, it was their third national title in four years, and avenged a loss to UC Davis Club in last year's championships. Twelve of the team's 14 goals were scored by seniors, including five by CSU's Haley Bernstein, who was named the Most Outstanding Midfielder in the tournament. Earlier in the week, Bernstein earned the Amtahcha Award as the top player in the WCLA.

Maddie Garcia, the tournament's outstanding attacker, added three goals for CSU while Katie Mitchell led UCSB with two goals.

In Division II, James Madison Club became the second straight team from the Mid Atlantic Women's Lacrosse League to win a national title (North Carolina Club in 2012), defeating Utah 19-11.

JMU led from start to finish and was paced by Catherine Flood (4g), Jennifer Perry (3g) and Julia Joo (3g) on offense. Lindsey Davis made eight saves in goal. Utah was led by Laura Hunter (3g, 1a), Haley Poulson (2g, 2a) and Hannah Rodgers (3g).

Recaps of Saturday's other games follow:

Division I Consolation Games

BYU 13, Cal Poly 9: Brooke Smith scored six goals and Megan McCleary made 10 saves as the Cougars earned a third place finish. BYU scored four goals in the final five minutes of the first half, three of them by Smith, to take an 8-6 halftime lead. Cal Poly's Kendra Keenan scored just 55 seconds into the second half to cut the lead to one, but the Mustangs then went more than 20 minutes before scoring again. Kristin Lund added two goals and two assists for BYU and Briana Arnold had two goals. Cal Poly was led by Emily DeSimone and Avi Feldman with two goals each while Kelly Harris made nine saves.

Georgia 8, Texas 3: Georgia held Texas scoreless for the final 34 minutes of the game to win a low-scoring affair. Georgia goalie Emily Seidel made 10 saves in the victory while the Bulldogs offense was paced by Murphy Ferguson with two goals and two assists. Kimberly Khourie, Tully Moorhead and Kaitlin Bahr scored for Texas.

Santa Clara 16, Pittsburgh 12: Santa Clara held Pitt to just one goal in the final 22 minutes, rallying from an 11-6 second half deficit to earn the win. Maggie Burke led the Broncos with six goals and two assists and Brooke Bett's second goal of the game broke a 12-12 tie with 5:38 to play. Margaret Stankaitis and Christa Laustsen each had four goals for Pitt.

Southern Cal Club 19, Minnesota 12: Trailing 8-7 at the half, USC turned the tide by storming out with seven goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Five different Trojans scored at least three goals Elena Skouras (4), Megan Rilkoff (3), Hayden Furey (3), Erin McGillivray (3) and Madison Boutilier (3). USC goalie Madison Aguirre made 14 saves. Minnesota was led by Hannah Segar with three goals and two assists and Ashlee Miller with three goals.

Florida Club 15, Maryland Club 9: Florida held Maryland to just one first-half goal and led by as many as 10 goals in cruising to the win. McKinley Carden paced the Gator offense with four goals and two assists while Nicole White and Jenna Hildebrand each had three goals. Megan Lusby has four goals for the Terps and Jillian Marchese has three assists.

Virginia Club 17, Michigan Club 15: Virginia had 11 different goal scorers and outlasted Michigan in a game of runs. The Cavaliers scored five goals in the final five minutes of the first half to take a 13-6 halftime lead, but Michigan answered by scoring the first five goals of the second half to cut it to 13-11. The Cavaliers regained momentum and led 17-12 before Michigan scored the last three goals of the game. Trent Holden led Virginia with three goals while Michigan was paced by Katie Mezwa with six goals and Julianne Patterson with four. Michigan's Sydney Franko made 13 saves.

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2013-05-12



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