No. 7 Washington Tops Cornell, 18-5, to Conclude Round 1 of the 2019 National Club Championships

University of Washington goalie Shelby Smith (#1), Photo Courtesy of the CWPA
University of Washington goalie Shelby Smith (#1), Photo Courtesy of the CWPA

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Player of the Game Mary Elizabeth Ward (Sr., San Rafael, Calif.) put away five shots to lead 10 scorers for Northwest Division Champion/No. 7-ranked the University of Washington as the Huskies hounded New York Division Championship runner-up Cornell University, 18-5, to conclude the opening round of eight games at the 2019 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by the University of Notre Dame at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Washington, which hosted the 2018 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship and punched its ticket to the event’s 2019 edition by stopping the University of Oregon (6-5 W) in the Northwest Division title game, kept its momentum going as the Huskies barked their way to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back to top the Big Red.

Following the first quarter, Cornell was never within five goals of Washington as the teams both tallied three goals in the second quarter before the Huskies garnered 6-2 and 3-0 scoring advantages in the concluding two quarters to wrap-up the contest with a 13-goal advantage on the scoreboard.

For Washington, Ward keyed the attack with a game-high five markers, while the quartet of Karli Stone (Jr., Tacoma, Wash.), Frances Dizzard (So., Seattle, Wash.), Jalene Weatherholt (Sr., San Jose, Calif.) and Jacqueline Li (Jr., Mercer Island, Wash.) all netted pairs. Ekaterina Andren (Fr., Gig Harbor, Wash.), Bailey Deck (Fr., San Diego, Calif.), Natalie Erjavec (So., Mountain View, Calif.), Arielle Howell (Jr., Olympia, Wash.) and Katie Snell (So., Cupertino, Calif.) also found the back of the net as the quintet accounted for solo tallies.

On the other end of the tank, Nikki Krisztinicz (So., McLean, Va.) highlighted Cornell’s offense with a hat-trick of three goals. Natalie Neamtu (So., Webster, N.Y.) and Christabella Forest (So., Chino Hills, Calif.) tossed in their team’s remaining markers.