Delaware Club won its first national championship and Denver Club successfully defended its title with victories Saturday at the US Lacrosse WCLA Championship Tournament in Salt Lake City. 

No. 7 seed Delaware upset top-seeded Pittsburgh, 13-11, to claim the Division I crown, while No. 1 seed Denver downed No. 3 Loyola (Md.), 9-6, to win the Division II trophy.

Trailing by two goals at halftime, Delaware used an 8-1 run in the second half to rally for the victory over the favored Panthers. Sophomore Sarah Tapan scored four goals and senior Olivia Gannon added three goals and an assist to pace the Blue Hens, who defeated both the number one and two seeds en route to the title.

Gannon was named the tournament’s most outstanding attacker while UD defender Olivia Townsend was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding defender. Delaware closed the year with six straight wins and a final 13-2 record.

In Division II, Denver scored four straight goals to end the first half with a 7-4 lead and the Pioneers never lost that advantage while staking their claim to a second straight WCLA championship. 

Sophomore Sophie Smith scored a team-high three goals to pace the offense while junior goalie Kallie Feldhaus anchored the defense with eight saves.

Freshman Sophie Vernon added two goals and one assist for Denver and was selected as the D-II tournament’s most outstanding midfielder. Denver finished the year with a 13-game winning streak and a 14-2 overall record.

Full results from all of Saturday’s game are available at