(Salt Lake City) -- Denver Club’s senior goalie Jammie Dumolt, who was selected as a first team All-American earlier in the week, did not play one second in Saturday’s US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division II Championship Game. She was not injured, and she certainly didn’t do anything that merited punitive time on the sideline. 

The reason Dumolt didn’t see action in the biggest game of the year was, simply, that she is right handed. 

Denver’s coach Mindy Stone watched 120 minutes of Loyola (Md.) games in the previous two days and came to the conclusion that one of the best strategic decisions she could make for the championship game was to start her left-handed goalie, Kallie Feldhaus. It presented Loyola with a look that Stone felt worked against their strength. 

The plan worked like a charm. Feldhaus, who normally splits time with Dumolt but played the entire game Saturday, recorded eight saves and probably altered at least that many more Loyola shots as Denver quieted the high-scoring Greyhounds’ offense, posting a 9-6 win to claim their second straight D-II national championship. 

“Kallie and Jammie are close friends and support each other regardless of who is in the game,” Stone said. “Seeing a different look in goal can be hard to adjust to and judging by how many of their shots missed the target, I think that playing Kallie was the right choice.”

It didn’t hurt that Feldhaus also had a solid defense in front of her, led by three-time defender of the year Kelley Dingens, and that she played incredibly well when tested, making several key saves in the second half to protect UD’s lead and keep the momentum from turning. 

Having closed the first half with a four-goal run to seize the lead, Denver allowed Loyola to score on its first possession of the second half and cut the lead to 7-5 with 27:42 remaining. Not many might have guessed that the Greyhounds, who tallied 49 goals in their first three tournament games, would only muster one more goal the rest of the way.

“Kallie was incredible today. When she is ‘on’ it makes us great,” said All-American sophomore midfielder Sophie Smith, who paced the UD offense with three goals. “It’s always a team effort.”

Smith’s second goal of the game at 10:52 of the first half tied the score at 4-4 and jump started Denver’s four-goal run. Smith added her third midway through the second half to extend the lead to 8-5, and freshman Sophie Vernon sealed the win by adding her second of the game with 1:21 to go. 

Vernon and sophomore attacker Kaitlin Ball directed the Pioneer’s offense for much of the day, with Smith benefitting from the increased attention those two were getting from the Loyola defenders. Vernon (2g-1a) was selected as the D-II tournament’s most outstanding midfielder, and Ball (1g-1a) was named the most outstanding attacker.

“When we get a lead we get more hyped,” Smith said.

Denver (14-2) becomes the first back-to-back champion in the eight-year history of the WCLA Division II championship, and finished the year with a 13-game winning streak.

Loyola was led by sophomore All-American Michaela Smith, who finished with three goals, and freshman Kelly O’Krepkie, who added two goals and two assists. The Hounds (12-3) had their seven-game winning streak snapped by the loss and finished as the national runner-up for the second time in team history.

Complete game results from the US Lacrosse WCLA Championship Tournament, include a full listing of the all-ournament team, can be accessed at uslacrosse.org/wcla2017.