The opening day of the US Lacrosse WCLA (Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates) Championships yielded two upsets among the eight first round games, with No. 13 seed Boston College surprising No. 4 seed San Diego State, 8-7, and  No. 10 seed Virginia Tech dominating No. 7 Santa Clara from start to finish for a 15-4 victory. 

Three goals by Anne Kelly and 13 saves by All-America goalie Anna Downs led the way for the  BC Eagles, who tallied the final three goals of the first half to seize the lead and held the advantage throughout a second half that produced just one goal by each team.

“We didn’t let the seeding bother us because we know we’re a solid team,” said BC Club coach Maria Pestana. “We can beat any team when we bring our ‘A’ game. We had it today.”

In Virginia Tech's win, the Hokies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back. Maria Keener finished with four goals, one assist and Shannon Condon added three goals to lead VT into the quarterfinals.

“That was the best we’ve played this year and everyone contributed,” said attacker and club president Maggie Hyland. “There was no let up at all.”

The top three seeds in the Division I bracket, No. 1 Pittsburgh, No. 2 BYU, and No. 3 UCLA all advanced easily into Thursday's quarterfinal round. Defending champion Michigan, seeded fifth this year, also won its opener.

Games continue throughout the day Thursday at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex in Virginia Beach. In addition to the Division I quarterfinal games and consolation bracket games, the Division II championship tournament also gets underway on Thursday with all 12 teams in action. 

Harrow Sports serves as the official event partner for the 2019 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships, while US Lacrosse’s national partners, Motive Pure, Pearl by Guardian, Nationwide, Impact Canopy, Krossover, SISU and Sports Performance Tracking provide additional event support. 

Full coverage of the WCLA championship – including stories, scores, and updated game schedules – is available at uslacrosse.org/wcla2019.