May 14, 2004
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Santa Clara University club women's lacrosse team has advanced to Saturday's national championship game in the US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates Championships at the Anheuser-Busch Center.
The Broncos defeated ninth-seeded Pittsburgh, top-seeded Navy and fourth-seeded Florida to reach Saturday's title game against Cal Poly. The Mustangs advanced to their fourth-straight title game apperance after defeating Colorado State and Michigan to reach the finals.
The 2004 Intercollegiate Associates National Championships, hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of US Lacrosse, showcases the nation's best Men's and Women's Intercollegiate Associates lacrosse teams in the same venue. It is the only National College Championship that is endorsed and managed by US Lacrosse, the National Governing Body of Lacrosse.
The US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates are comprised of approximately 175 men's and more than 100 women's college programs around the country. The teams are not varsity programs at the colleges, but follow similar guidelines as varsity programs and compete at a level much more organized than traditional college club programs.
A total of 16 men's teams and 12 women's teams are in St. Louis for the national championships. This is the eighth straight year that the men's championship (May 11-15) has been held in St. Louis and the fourth straight year for the women's championship (May 13-15).
Santa Clara Game Summaries
Friday, May 14
Santa Clara 10, Florida 5
The Cinderella run continued for 8th seed Santa Clara as they took down 4th seed Florida 10-5 in today's semifinal game in the US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates Championships. The Broncos will now face the winner of the other semifinal game between three-time defending national champion Cal Poly and Michigan on Saturday with the national title on the line. Santa Clara goalie Teresa Martini (14 saves) played a great second half and stopped any chance of a Florida rally as she turned away shot after shot. Freshman Rebecca Milo led the SC attack with four second half goals. Florida led 3-2 at halftime. CSTV (College Sports Television) will be airing the US Lacrosse WDIA Championship over Memorial Day Weekend with highlights of the championship game and the rest of the women's action from the week.
Thursday, May 13
Santa Clara 12, Navy 11
Santa Clara freshman Rebecca Milo scored the game-winning goal with six seconds left in the game to give the 8th seed Broncos their biggest win in program history 12-11 over top-seed Navy. Santa Clara battled back from a six-goal halftime deficit and several rain and lightning delays to sink the Midshipmen from the tournament. Junior Kendall Reedy (3 goals) tied the game for the Broncos with 34 seconds left in the game. The loss snaps Navy's three-year run of making it to the semifinal round. Santa Clara will face 4th seed Florida in Friday's semifinal game.
Thursday, May 13
Santa Clara 13, Pittsburgh 9
Eighth seed Santa Clara were the last women's team to arrive for this year's US Lacrosse Women's Division National Championships but that didn't stop the Broncos from becoming the first team to win in the first round. Santa Clara took down 9th seed Pittsburgh in the first game of the day 13-9. The Broncos didn't get to their hotel until one in the morning on Thursday after being delayed in their trip to St. Louis. Kendall Reedy led the Bronco attack with three goals scored. Pittsburgh's Jill Ciotta netted a hat trick of her own to lead the Panthers. Santa Clara is making their first appearance in the US Lacrosse WDIA National Championships. The Broncos now have the stern task of taking on top-seed Navy in the afternoon. Pittsburgh will play on Friday morning against 12th seed Oregon.