Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

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Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby DakotaDan on Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:45 pm

BALTIMORE, April 24, 2012 � Two-time defending national champion Colorado State earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2012 US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, while Towson Club earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket.

The event, featuring the top women's collegiate club teams in the country, takes place from May 9-12 at the El Pomar Sports Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Division I bracket includes 16 teams while the Division II bracket has eight teams.

Colorado State, which has won the national title three of the last four years, has won 11 straight games since opening the season with a 1-3 record. On Saturday, the Rams beat state rival Colorado 18-12 to win the Rocky Mountain Women's Lacrosse League championship. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Rams have received a bid to the US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships, but the first time they've been the No. 1 seed.

UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) earned the No. 2 seed with a 14-2 record, and its ninth consecutive national tournament bid, after winning the Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) title over the weekend. The Gauchos beat the 2011 WCLA Division II defending champions, Chapman 10-4 in the WWLL final.

Michigan (12-4), which beat both Colorado State and UCSB during the regular season and recently won the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League title by beating Pittsburgh 8-6, is the No. 3 seed. Florida Club (16-3) was selected as the No. 4 seed and Colorado (10-6) rounded out the top five as the No. 5 seed.

In the Division II bracket, last year's national runner-up, Towson Club, earned the top seed. The Tigers went a perfect 14-0 during the season and won the Mid Atlantic Women's Lacrosse League (MAWLL) Division II title. North Carolina Club (11-5), which lost to Towson in the MAWLL final, is the No. 2 seed while Rhode Island (11-1), Westminster (16-5) and Oakland (13-5), round out the top five seeds.

Selections for the field are based on a variety of criteria, including: overall record, record versus ranked teams, won-loss versus common opponents, record versus WCLA teams, quality wins/quality losses, upsets, head-to-head results, conference playoff performance, final conference standings, record for last five (5) games, and more.

Division I First Round Games (Wednesday, May 9)
No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 16 Oregon
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 15 Minnesota
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Virginia Club
No. 4 Florida Club vs. No. 13 Penn State Club
No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Santa Clara
No. 6 Central Florida vs. No. 11 Brigham Young
No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 UC Davis Club
No. 8 Chapman vs. No. 9 UCLA

Division II First Round Games (Thursday, May 10)
No. 1 Towson Club vs. No. 8 Stanford Club
No. 2 North Carolina Club vs. No. 7 Southern Methodist
No. 3 Rhode Island vs. No. 6 Utah
No. 4 Westminster vs. No. 5 Oakland
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Re: Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby Unionville on Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:45 am

I'm glad to see BYU getting into nationals, as they got the short straw last year. I guess BYU, Pitt, and Georgia were on the bubble. I'm still puzzled by this whole AQ thing-- Is Minnesota the sole member of its conference and always qualify for an AQ and Nationals?(No offense to Minn. who had a great year). It also seems too often that teams get in based on an AQ, yet they can be beaten during the year, by teams with better records/strength of schedule yet these teams don't get in. I'd feel alot better about an AQ going to nationals if there was some kind of parity in travel/strength of schedule. I think there are too many AQ's and not enough At-Large spaces being allowed here--seems a lot more thought going into the at-large selections for nationals. Sorry, maybe all sour grapes on my part but the process seems flawed!
Wow another Chapman/UCLA match!!---Chapman's my pick to surprise
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Re: Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby Batman on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:01 am

The Mustangs will be missed in Colorado Springs this year!!!

Cal Poly deserves a standing ovation similar to a pitcher coming out of the game in the ninth inning after an incredible pitching performance. The Mustangs will not be in attendance in Colorado springs after attending every single tournament since it started. In 11 tournaments they attained 7 national championships and 9 finals appearances. We have all loved them and hated them because we competed against them but today we applaud them. :clap:

WCLA Championship Game History
2011: Colorado State - Defeated UCLA 11-9
2010: Colorado State - Defeated Cal Poly 6-4
2009: Virginia Tech - Defeated Colorado 17-9
2008: Colorado State - Defeated Cal Poly 8-5 (OT)
2007: Cal Poly - Defeated Navy 16-9
2006: Cal Poly - Defeated Michigan 12-7
2005: Cal Poly - Defeated Colorado State 14-3
2004: Cal Poly - Defeated Santa Clara 15-4
2003: Cal Poly - Defeated UCLA 11-9
2002: Cal Poly - Defeated Air Force 10-5
2001: Cal Poly - Defeated Navy 13-6
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Re: Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby axalaxa on Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:46 am

Really looking forward to the WCLA tournament in Colorado Springs. So much parity in the league the rankings won't mean much.
The venue looks good at El Pomar, but one annoyance: Why the early, 8:30 am start on Wednesday? Some California girls will be getting in late on Tuesday, and lose an hour in the process. Not to mention parents' late flights. If the organizers would push back the opening day awards ceremony to 5 or 5:30 pm instead of 4 pm, then everyone would be better rested and ready for the altitude. Seems like a reasonable request.
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Re: Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby goaliesdad on Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:54 am

An interesting tournament to say the least - three teams not ranked in the top 20, getting in by virtue of the AQ ruling I assume - Oregon, Minnesota, and Virginia. No Pittsburgh or Georgia or even Cal Poly which Batman so astutely observed. Of the first round games - three are rematches - Colorado/Santa Clara (Col the winner in game 1); Texas/Davis (Texas the first game winner); Chapman/UCLA for the third time (the rubber game). Wish we could be there, but travel plans were set in place before we knew the dates of the tournament. Since this is a new venue for the Nationals, let's hope that the weatherman cooperates and that there is a lot of spirited, fair play, well officiated, and fun for all.
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Re: Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby Dave1991 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:12 am

Just to clarify some procedural questions about AQs...

There was a change that started this season that allowed the WCLA, in the event that a D2 team from a league that had a single AQ & a combined D1/D2 league playoff (of which there are several), to assign that D2 league champion/AQ to the D2 National Tournament rather than place them in the D1 National Tournament.

This season, there were 3 WCLA leagues that featured a league championship game between D1 & D2 league teams (Rhode Island vs. Uconn, Oregon vs. Western Washington, Minnesota vs. Duluth). In Rhode Island's case (a D2 team) they defeated their D1 league opponent and earned the NEWLL's AQ, and were then appropriately placed in the D2 Nationals field according to the new rule. This provided for an additional D1 team to receive an at large bid to the D1 Nationals field. Had Western Washington or Duluth won their league championship and accepted their league's AQs, they very likely would have been placed into the D2 National Tournament as well.

7 at large teams were selected to the D1 field.

9 AQs were named into the D1 Nationals field: ECWLL (PSU), MAWLL (UVA), RMWLL (CSU), NCWLL (Minn), SWLL (C. FL), TWLL (Texas), WCLL (Michigan), WWLL (UCSB), NWWLL (Oregon)

The CPWLL did not name an AQ this season, which provided for an additional D1 team to receive an at large bid.

On the D2 side, there were 3 at large teams named to the field, and 5 AQs (RMWLL-Westminster, MAWLL-Towson, WCLL-Oakland, WWLL-Stanford, NEWLL-Rhode Island).


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Re: Teams Selected for the USL WCLA National Championships

New postby goaliesdad on Tue May 08, 2012 12:40 pm

Where can one find a page showing the brackets for the championships starting tomorrow?
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