The Chapman University women’s lacrosse team battled to a 9-8 victory over Towson University in Maryland to win the 2011 U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division II National Championship game Saturday in Arizona.
“It was a really crazy game,” coach Brian Eisenberg said. “We were up most of the game, and then they tied it with about two minutes left. And then we scored with about one minute left, and we just held on for dear life because they came at us. Literally, they were just shooting like crazy, attacking the goal, and our goalie came out with some huge saves literally in the last seconds of the game.”
Eisenberg, who was also named Division II Coach of the Year by the WCLA, credited the team’s undefeated regular season and championship to “a lot of things,” including his staff of assistant coaches, strong senior leadership and mature freshmen players. And there’s plenty of optimism for next year, since most of the team – 14 freshmen, five sophomores, including goalie Anjali Thota, and two juniors — are expected to return next year.
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