No. 7 Washington Claims 6th Place After 11-8 Loss to No. 11 Lindenwood at National Club Championship



Karli Stone leading the counter attack against Lindenwood (Photo courtesy of the CWPA.)
University of Washington captain, Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6) converts on the power-play to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead, Photo Courtesy of the CWPA

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Hanna Muller (So., East London, South Africa) scored five times to notch Player of the Game recognition as the Midwest Division Champion/No. 11-ranked Lions of Lindenwood University pawed past the Northwest Division Champion/No. 7 Huskies of the University of Washington, 11-8, in the Fifth Place game of the 2019 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship in the Rolfs Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.


Trailing 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-2 throughout the first quarter before falling behind 4-3 and 5-4 in the opening two minutes of the second quarter, Lindenwood took command of the contest with 4:21 left in the first half as Nikki Howe (So, New Lenox, Ill.) sliced in a shot to make it five-all.



Lindenwood University’s Naomi Sanders (#7) scans for an opening as the University of Washington’s Natalie Erjavec (#7) closes in (Photo courtesy of the CWPA)
Lindenwood University’s Naomi Sanders (#7) scans for an opening as the University of Washington’s Natalie Erjavec (#7) closes in (Photo courtesy of the CWPA)

From there, the Lions went on the attack as Muller ripped in back-to-back penalty shots at 3:43 and 3:02 before Isabella Boccia (So., Louisville, Ky.) bound a ball into the twine with 17 seconds left on the second quarter clock to provide Lindenwood an 8-5 lead.

Washington barked back in the third quarter as goalie Shelby Smith (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) penned the Lions and Mary Elizabeth Ward (Sr., San Rafael, Calif.) deposited her fifth goal of the game at 4:19 to inch the Huskies within two at 8-6 heading into the final seven minutes of action.


Lindenwood, however, unleashed on Washington in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as Howe (5:03) and Muller (