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NCAA Division II championship: West Chester bows to C.W. Post in heartbreaker, 17-16

Saturday, 19th May 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/19/12
From Press Release

Seven goals over a 13-minute span early on in the first half spelled doom for the West Chester Golden Rams as C.W. Post held on for a 17-16 victory in the NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse national championship game inside Owsley B. Frazier Stadium on the campus of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., Saturday afternoon.

C.W. Post (17-3) picked up its third national championship in school history, adding on to titles won in 2001 and 2007. All three of the Pioneers national titles have come at the expense of West Chester (16-4).

West Chester made a late push, scoring five of the final six goals of the game, eventually cutting the deficit to one on two separate occasions. But, C.W. Post hung on. Jackie Sileo, who set an NCAA championship game record with nine points, scored her sixth goal of the game with 3:44 left give the Pioneers a two-goal lead, 17-15.

Junior attacker Tori Dugan (Bayard Rustin), who finished with seven points of her own, found Nicole Pyle (Henderson) wide open on the far post with 20 seconds remaining to pull the Rams to within one. But, West Chester was whistled for a foul on the ensuing draw control and ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

“There was never a doubt in our minds that we were going to win that game,” C.W. Post goalkeeper Dominique Mosca said.

“We had the mindset that we just had to get one goal at a time,” Dugan commented. “It was just too much of a hole to dig ourselves out of this time.”

“West Chester has such a good attack, and they are so one-v-one oriented, that we knew they were going to make a run,” Pioneers head coach Meghan McNamara said.

“We match up really well with them,” West Chester head coach Ginny Martino said when asked about the history between the two clubs. “They have a great offense, but we have a great defense. Our strengths kind of play against one another there. I just wish we could come out on top a little more often.”

The Golden Rams opened the scoring 44 seconds in to take an early lead. However, the Pioneers notched the next seven tallies of the game and never looked back. Nan Mayott scored the first three markers of that decisive run and finished with four of the seven to ignite the rally.

West Chester would answer by scoring six of the next nine goals in the contest and draw to within three, 10-7, with 1:04 left in the opening period. But, Sileo potted a goal with 15 seconds left that gave the Pioneers an 11-7 edge heading into the locker room.

The Rams scored three of the first four goals of the half to draw to within a pair (12-10) with 21:19 left. It was the closest West Chester had been since 7:30 into the opening half. Jamie Dolan notched two of those tallies on free positions.

Dugan led West Chester with five goals and a pair of assists while Glassey and Dolan each registered a hat trick. Sileo, the tournament’s most outstanding player, led all scorers with six goals and three assists.

WCU’s Jess Henderson (Henderson) finished with 11 saves while C.W. Post’s Dominique Mosca recorded eight.

NOTES: West Chester falls to 2-7 in national championship games overall and 1-3 vs. C.W. Post … West Chester and C.W. Post also met in the finals in 2001, 2007 and 2008 … the Golden Rams fall to 14-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … junior midfielder Lauren Glassey ranks eighth all-time in points in the NCAA Tournament and sixth all-time in goals scored … she has 17 goals and 19 points in three trips to the postseason … sophomore midfielder Melinda Speers was part of her second national championship game in the same academic school year, marking the first time since 1979 that a West Chester University student-athlete was a member of two national finalists in the same academic season … the national championship game was the fourth time that West Chester faced C.W. Post … Tori Dugan finished the year with a school record for draw controls … Lauren Glassey, Theresa Giunta (Henderson) and Tori Dugan were named to the all-tournament team.

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