Puyallup, WA -- For the first time since 2001, the University of Washington Huskies have won the Northwest Division in back-to-back years. They held off a flurry of late 4th quarter goals from the Oregon State Beavers to win 9-6 in the championship game and punch their ticket to the Collegiate Club National Championships in Pittsburgh, PA next month.
The Huskies finish the regular season 10-0 in division play, 15-7-1 overall and will hold the #7 seed when they play in Pittsburgh, May 5-7.
The Huskies have been nothing short of spectacular all season. Playing with a defense-first mentality led by first year goalie, Elizabeth Lipps (#1, Menlo Park, CA) and center defenders, Jalene Weatherholt (#17, San Jose, CA) and Kellie MacPhee (#2 Encinitas, CA), the Huskies have only allowed 30 goals in 10 games in the division while racking up 136 on their opponents. The offense has been absolutely dominate with first year players, Lauren Hickey (#10, Palos Verdes, CA) and Karli Stevenson (#4, Tacoma, WA), and second year offensive stand-out, Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA) once again leading in assists.
The Dawgs all-around strong performance demonstrates the amount of depth on the team with additional contributions coming from first year players, Maddie Joy (#14 Puyallup WA), Jacqueline Li (#3, Mercer Island, WA), Katie Rogers (Tustin, CA), and Margaret Lazzarini (#15, San Marino, CA), as well as senior and co-captain, Lacy Chun (#11, Hau'ula, HI).
"This is one of the deepest teams I have had the privilege to coach," said head coach, Rudy Ramirez after the championship win. "It's amazing watching this group play with their team first mentality. Once an opponent thinks they figured something out on them, someone else is there to open things up on offense or shut down a player on defense. It's really remarkable what they are capable of."
"I'm really proud of this team for all of the hard work they've put in this year, and it's great to see it paying off," were the words of Kellie MacPhee after the tournament. "We're looking forward to heading to Pittsburgh and challenging ourselves against some of the best teams in the country."
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