Quarterfinal Recap of the 2023 NAIA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Quarterfinal Recap of the 2023 NAIA Women's Lacrosse Championship

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - [SCHEDULE | BRACKETThe quarterfinal round of the 2023 NAIA Women's Lacrosse Championship saw two upsets as four teams won their respective quarterfinal on Wednesday to advance to the semifinal round.


 

#1 Keiser (Fla.) def. #8 Benedictine (Kan.), 16-15

In a game that saw five lead changes and seven ties, it was Chloe Foley from Keiser (Fla.) that scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter that lifted the top-seed Keiser past No. 8 Benedictine with a final score of 16-15 in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Championship.

 

Season Records: Keiser 16-1 | Benedictine 10-4

 

Game Highlights

  • The first quarter saw three ties and two lead changes as Keiser netted four of the first six goals as Chloe Foley and MacKenzie Gibaud tallied a goal and an assist.  Benedictine responded with a 4-1 run as Kaylen Moore scored twice to give the Ravens a 6-5 lead after the opening quarter.
  • The Seahawks notched three of the first four goals to open the second quarter before Chanterra Allen added back-to-back goals for the Ravens to give them a 10-8 lead midway through the second quarter as Benedictine took an 11-9 advantage at halftime.
  • Benedictine added two of the first three goals in the third quarter to extend their lead to 13-10 with 6:27 remaining on the clock.  Foley led the charge for the Seahawks with a pair of goals to pull Keiser within one. However, Benedictine’s Margaux Gelbach’s goal at the 3:15 mark gave the Ravens a 14-12 lead that they would take into the final quarter. 
  • Foley led Keiser’s fourth-quarter charge and netted three of Keiser’s four goals in the period, which included the game-tying goal at the 7:34 mark and the game-winning goal when only 12 seconds remained.
  • Foley finished the game with six goals and seven points, while MacKenzie Gibaud and Talia Myers each notched a hat trick. Sydney Parker scooped four ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers.
  • Kaylen Moore led the way for Benedictine with five goals, eight draw controls and two caused turnovers.  Gelbach netted four goals to go along with five draw controls, while Courtney Frankfurth notched four points.  Gianna Stalletti made eight saves between the pipes. 

 

Keiser advances to the semifinals, where they will face the winner of No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 5 SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) Thursday at 5 p.m. ET

 


 

No. 5 SCAD (Ga.) def. No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.), 16-15

Annise Berkeley of SCAD Savannah (Ga.) netted the game-winning goal with five seconds left in the fourth quarter as No. 5 SCAD Savannah defeated No. 4 Cumberlands 16-15 in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Championship.

 

Season Records: SCAD (Ga.) 11-5 | Cumberlands 16-3

 

Game Highlights

  • Cumberlands struck first with two goals in the first three minutes of the game to take an early lead.  The Bees responded with three straight goals as Aly De Caro notched a goal and an assist to give SCAD a 3-2 lead after the opening quarter. 
  • Bella Ricchizzi of Cumberlands netted back-to-back goals as the Patriots scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 advantage. 
  • The Bees closed out the half on a 5-1 scoring run, including a pair of goals from De Caro to take an 8-6 lead at the break.
  • De Caro of SCAD Savannah tallied three goals in the first seven minutes of the third quarter as part of a 4-1 scoring run for the Bees that extended their lead to 12-7.   Cumberlands responded as Ricchiazzi and Hensley combined for five unanswered goals to tie the score at 12 all before the fourth quarter.
  •  Annise Berkeley of SCAD added a man-up goal for before Hensley of UC scored twice more to put the Patriots in front 14-13 with 8:08 remaining. 
  • De Caro of SCAD netted a pair of man-up goals to even the score at 15 apiece with 26 seconds left.  Keagan Plume of SCAD won the draw control and Berkeley converted the free position attempt for the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining.
  • For SCAD: Aly De Caro netted seven goals and dished out an assist, while Annise Berkeley finished with three goals and an assist.  Lorna Fowles made seven saves and scooped five ground balls in the win, while Emma Roch and Ainsley Jones each added a pair of goals.
  • For Cumberlands: Bella Ricchiazzi led the way and set a new NAIA record for goals with eight and tied the NAIA record for points a game with ten.  Reegan Hensely added four goals, while Emma Rittman tallied three points and scooped 12 draw controls.  Olivia McCarrell made nine saves between the pipes.

 

SCAD advances to the semifinals, where they will face No. 1 Keiser on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET

 


 

No. 6 Life (Ga.) def. No. 3 Reinhardt (Ga.), 11-9

Life (Ga.) utilized a four-goal second-quarter run to take an early lead. Nicole Ortiz of Life netted the go-ahead with 4:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to propel the Running Eagles to an 11-9 upset over No. 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Championship.

 

Season Records: Life (Ga.) 10-5 | Reinhardt 12-5

 

Game Highlights

  • Reinhardt jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first three minutes of the game.  The two teams traded goals before Life netted back-to-back goals to even the score at 3 with 2:45 remaining.  The score remained tied until the closing seconds of the quarter when Reinhardt’s Anna-Marie Gazzo found Jillian Mello for a goal to give the Eagles a one-goal advantage.
  • Life opened the second quarter with four unanswered goals, which included two from Lexi Santiago, as the Running Eagles took a 7-4 advantage into halftime.
  • Both teams opened the second half with strong defensive efforts, however, Reinhardt added a man-up and a man-down goal to close the scoring gap to one goal to close out the third quarter.
  • Olivia Andrews and Nicole Ortiz of Life each tallied a goal in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as the Running Eagles took a 9-6 lead with 10:18 remaining.  Reinhardt responded as Mia Griswold dished out three straight assists, including on to Macy Fulton that evened the score at 9 with 6:29 remaining.  Just over a minute later, Ortiz split the defense and fired a behind-the-back shot into the cage to give Life a 10-9 lead.  Life added an insurance goal for the 11-9 final.
  • For Life: Lexi Santiago led the way with four goals to go along with six draw controls, while Ortiz notched a hat trick in the game.  Maria Arvizu tallied five draw controls and two points in the game.  Ashley Hammel made six saves between the pipes in the win as Leanne Windon scooped a team-high four ground balls and recorded three caused turnovers.
  • For Reinhardt: Mia Griswold led the way with four assists and six points, while Jillian Mello and Macy Fulton tallied two goals and an assist.  Shelby O’Neil recorded four caused turnovers and scooped three ground balls, while Madison Hasty made 15 saves. 

 

Life advances to the semifinals, where they will face the winner of No. 2 Lawrence Tech vs. No. 7 Missouri Baptist on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET

 


 No. 2 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) def. No. 7 Missouri Baptist, 13-9

Lawrence Tech (Mich.) utilized a six-goal second quarter to pull away from Missouri Baptist that scoring run set the Blue Devils up for a 13-9 win in the NAIA quarterfinal round at the NAIA Championship.  The Blue Devils had four players tally at least three points in the win.

 

Season Records: Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 15-1 | Missouri Baptist 11-5

 

Game Highlights

  • Caroline Karr of Missouri Baptist netted a goal three minutes into the first quarter to give the Spartans the initial lead.  Lawrence Tech answered with a 4-1 scoring run as four different Blue Devils scored to advance the team to a 4-2 lead with 3:08 remaining.  The Spartans added a goal in the closing minutes of the opening period to close the scoring gap to one goal from LTU. 
  • The Blue Devils utilized a six-goal second quarter to break the game open and take a 10-4 advantage with 5:03 remaining.  Hannah Huebner tallied two goals and an assist on the scoring run, while Alaina Smythe netted a pair of goals.  Missouri Baptist added a goal to cut the deficit to 10-5 at halftime.
  • Smythe tallied a hat trick off an assist from Gabi Mitchell to extend Lawrence Tech's lead to 11-5.  Missouri Baptist responded with two straight goals Spartans looked to continue to cut into the deficit later in the quarter, however, Anabelle Acluche of LTU made a save to keep the score at 11-7 at the close of the third quarter.
  • Missouri Baptist netted a goal five minutes into the fourth quarter to pull the Spartans within three points.  Acluche made a pair of saves, while Lawrence Tech scored twice to extend their lead to 13-8 with 3:40 remaining.  MBU won the ensuing draw control and netted a goal on that possession before the final buzzer sounded for the 13-9 final.
  • For Lawrence Tech: Hannah Huebner led the way with three goals and three assists, while Alaina Smythe netted a team-high four goals.  Mari Pellmann and Sydney Robinson finished with three points apiece, while Bella Burke tallied five caused turnovers and scooped seven ground balls and nine draw controls. 
  • For Missouri Baptist: Jordan Haeusse led the charge for the Spartans with three goals and four draw controls, while Caroline Karr and Mack Miller each added a pair of goals.  Chayleb Deves notched three caused turnovers and four ground balls for the Spartans. Amelia Shaw finished with ten saves between the pipes. 

 

Lawrence Tech advances to the semifinals, where they will face No. 6 Life on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET

For more information about the NAIA Women’s Lacrosse Championship click here.

 

Championship Information

women's lacrosse

4th ANNUAL
WOMEN'S  LACROSSE
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 May 1-4, 2024
Savannah, Ga.