SALEM, Va. - C.W. Post held West Chester University to its lowest offensive output of the year and beat the Golden Rams, 15-7, yesterday for the NCAA Division II women's lacrosse championship at Spartan Field.
It marked the fourth straight year that West Chester (19-2) had lost the national championship game. The Golden Rams are 1-5 all-time in NCAA finals, having won the crown in 2002.
"We hung with them in the first half, then things kind of got away from us," West Chester coach Ginny Martino said.
The Pioneers took a 3-1 lead, but the Rams pulled to within one at 3-2 on a Katy Crouse goal at 6 minutes, 42 seconds. With 15 seconds to play in the half, Mallory Poole scored for a 4-2 Post lead.
Poole and all-American Shannon Fabian beat Rams goaltender Mary Beth Green in the first 1:18 of the second half. From there, Post (17-0) outscored West Chester by 9-5 to claim the trophy.
Post defender Lindsay Goldman, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team, was one of those involved in shutting down the Golden Rams' attack. "We just stepped it up like we've been doing [the] whole season," she said. "We came together as a team, and it fell into our hands."
Senior cocaptain Carolyn Kacergis was distraught afterward, but she called her four years at West Chester (including four trips to the Division II title game) "a great experience. I would never think anything bad [about it]."
Junior attacker Stephanie Kienle was held without an assist or goal for the first time since her freshman year, snapping a 42-game streak. "I got some shots off; I just wasn't finishing," the Rams star said. "It wasn't my game. They were just up in our face and aggressive."
Kienle, Chrissy Kane and Jackie Baker made the all-tournament team for West Chester.
"We never gave up," Martino said. "It was a good ride . . . a good season. I was hoping we'd get here."