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Teams Announced for 2014 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships

April 22, 2014    10296 Views

Paul Ohanian

2014 WCLA National Championship Teams

Cecil Copeland

BALTIMORE — University of Pittsburgh earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, while University of North Carolina 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 May 7-10 at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex & Stadium in Virginia Beach, Va. The Division I bracket includes 16 teams while the Division II bracket has 12 teams. Both tournament fields are comprised of a combination of teams earning automatic qualifiers as league champions and teams earning at-large berths. Division I and II seeds are listed below.

Pittsburgh brings a 17-1 overall record and nine-game winning streak into the WCLA championship tournament, including a 14-12 win last weekend over Ohio State Club in the championship game of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) tournament. The Panthers were WCLA national quarterfinalists last year and are making their ninth overall appearance in the US Lacrosse WCLA National Championship.

Defending Division I national champion Colorado State, which has won the national title four times, is seeded seventh and is making its 11th consecutive appearance in the championship. The Rams beat UC Santa Barbara 14-4 in last year’s national championship game.

In the Division II bracket, University of North Carolina Club earned the top seed and brings an unblemished 11-0 overall record into the WCLA National Championship. The Tar Heels won the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League (MAWLL) Division II title last week with a 15-14 overtime win over James Madison University Club, last year’s Division II national champion. James Madison is the number two seed in this year’s championship.

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

The US Lacrosse WCLA structure consists of approximately 200 college programs from across the country. More information about the 2014 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships, including game schedules and competition brackets, can be found at www.uslacrosse.org/WCLAnationalchampionships. Further general information about the WCLA is available online at www.uslacrosse.org/WCLA.

Harrow Sports is the official event sponsor and retailer for the 2014 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships.

The complete field:

Division I

No. 1 University of Pittsburgh
No. 2 University of Florida Club
No. 3 Ohio State University Club
No. 4 University of Georgia
No. 5 University of California Los Angeles
No. 6 Santa Clara University
No. 7 Colorado State University
No. 8 University of Michigan Club
No. 9 Towson University Club
No. 10 University of California Santa Barbara
No. 11 University of Colorado Boulder Club
No. 12 Virginia Tech University Club
No. 13 University of Texas
No. 14 University of Delaware Club
No. 15 Boston College Club
No. 16 Oregon State University

Division II

No. 1 University of North Carolina Club
No. 2 James Madison University Club
No. 3 University of Utah
No. 4 Loyola University Maryland Club
No. 5 Gonzaga University
No. 6 Duke University Club
No. 7 Southern Methodist University
No. 8 Oakland University
No. 9 University of Denver Club
No. 10 University of California San Diego
No. 11 College of St. Benedict
No. 12 SUNY Cortland Club

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