Semifinal Recap of the 2023 NAIA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Semifinal Recap of the 2023 NAIA Women's Lacrosse Championship

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - [SCHEDULE | BRACKETSCAD Savannah (Ga.) won its respective semifinal and continues its Cinderella run into the championship. Lawrence Tech (Mich.) followed with its own semifinal win to advance to the championship for the second consecutive year.

No. 5 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) def. No. 1 Keiser (Fla.), 20-6

No. 5 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) went on a 13-goal run that spanned over three quarters to knock off No. 1 Keiser (Fla.) with a final score of 20-6 in the NAIA semifinal game.  Clarke Haas and Aly De Caro of SCAD Savannah combined for 13 goals as the Bees tied the NAIA record for goals in a tournament game and advanced to the NAIA championship game for the first time.

Season Records: SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 12-5 | Keiser (Fla.) 16-2


Game Highlights

  • SCAD came out strong and netted six unanswered goals in the first ten minutes of play as Clarke Haas, Emma Roch, and Aly De Caro each scored twice.  Samantha Esher of Keiser converted a free position goal to get the Seahawks on the board. Both goalies added a save in the closing minutes of the first quarter as the Bees held a 6-1 lead.
  • Keiser netted three straight goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter, including a man-up goal from Milena Isturiz to close the scoring gap to two points at 6-4.  The Bees responded with five goals as Olivia Jackson dished out a pair of assists, which gave SCAD an 11-4 lead at the close of the first half.
  • De Caro of SCAD won the opening draw control of the third quarter as Keagan Plume connected with Olivia Jackson for a goal 15 seconds into the period.  SCAD tallied three more goals, all of which were assisted in a three-minute span that strengthened the Bees lead in the game with a score of 15-4 and 9:45 remaining on the clock.  Haas added a pair of goals in the third quarter, to give her six on the day, as the Bees took a 17-4 advantage.
  • SCAD extended their lead to 19-4 with a pair of goals that opened the scoring in the fourth quarter.  Keiser’s Talia Myers notched a goal and an assist before Haas added a late goal for the 20-6 final.
  • For SCAD: Clarke Haas netted a team-high seven goals, while Aly De Caro finished with six goals, eight points, and 12 draw controls.  Emma Roch netted a hattrick as Keagan Plume scooped eight draw controls.  Lorna Fowles made five saves to earn the win.
  • For Keiser: Samantha Esher notched a hat trick to lead the way for Keiser, while Talia Myers tallied a goal and an assist in the game.  Milena Isturiz recorded a pair of caused turnovers with two ground balls.  Cassidy Green and Raelyn Boutwell combined for 11 saves in the game. 


SCAD advances to the championship game, where they will face the winner of No. 2 Lawrence Tech and No. 6 Life on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET

No. 2 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) def. No. 6 Life (Ga.), 11-4

Jocelyn Vander Zwaag of Lawrence Tech (Mich.) recorded an NAIA Tournament record with five caused turnovers, while her teammate Anabelle Acluche made 16 saves to lead LTU to an 11-4 win over Life (Ga.) in the NAIA semifinal game. With the win, the Blue Devils advance to the national championship game for the second consecutive year.

Season Records: Lawrence Tech (Ga.) 16-1 | Life (Ga.) 10-6


Game Highlights

  • Lawrence Tech won the opening draw control and on that possession, Bella Burke connected with Hannah Huebner for the first goal of the contest. The Blue Devils added two more goals, while Anabelle Acluche made four saves to give LTU a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
  • Life scored its first goal just over four minutes into the second period as Annaliese Froese found Annslee Warchol for a goal. Gabi Mitchell of Lawrence Tech netted two of the next three goals for the Blue Devils to extend the team’s lead to 6-1. The Running Eagles added a goal with three minutes left. The teams remained scoreless through the remainder of the quarter to send the teams to the half with a 6-2 score in favor of Lawrence Tech.
  • The two teams traded goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter. From that point, Lawrence Tech and Life combined for five saves as the Blue Devils maintained its lead at a score of 7-3 to close the quarter.
  • Just over a minute into the fourth period, Maria Arvizu found Lexi Santiago of Life for a goal to pull the Running Eagles within three points. Lawrence Tech responded by netting the final four goals of the game as Sydney Robinson tallied two assists and a goal for the 11-4 final.
  • For LTU: Anabelle Acluche made 16 saves and posted a .800 save percentage to lead the Blue Devils. Jocelyn Vander Zwaag tallied an NAIA tournament record with five caused turnovers to go along with scooping seven ground balls. Alaina Smythe netted a team-high four goals, while Gabbi Mitchell and Hannah Huebner each recorded hat tricks. Bella Burke scooped six draw controls to go along with two caused turnovers and a pair of assists.
  • For Life: Maria Arvizu tallied two points, five draw controls, and three ground balls for the Running Eagles. Leanne Windon chipped in three caused turnovers and four ground balls, while Annslee Warchol finished with a goal and an assist. Ashley Hammell made seven saves between the pipes.

Lawrence Tech advances to the championship game, where they will face No. 5 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.


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Championship Information

women's lacrosse


 May 1-4, 2024
Savannah, Ga.