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CSU women's lacrosse: We are the champions!

May 13, 2013

The CSU women's lacrosse team was the picture of perfection, winning the national championship Saturday in Colorado Springs to cap a 22-0 season.

Rams simply the best

The Rams overpowered UC Santa Barbara 14-4 to win the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division I championship at El Pomar Sports Park.

The championship is the fourth in five years for the Rams, who were upset by UC Davis in last year’s finale. This time the Rams left nothing to chance, racing to a 10-3 halftime lead and cruising to the title.

Dominating performance

Two time All-American Hayley Bernstein scored five goals for the Rams, while Maddie Garcia hadd three and Sarah Moyer and Ali Slyne added two apiece.  Karly Slyne added a goal and two assists for the Rams, who outshot UCSB 27-13.

But while the Rams dominated on offense, it was the defense that set the tone. Goalie Natalie Dubas allowed just four goals and made six saves.

Rams roll through tournament

The Rams were never seriously threatened in the four-day tournament, outscoring opponents Northeastern, Pittsburgh, Cal Poly and UCSB by a combined 76-34. They won three of their four games by 10 or more goals.

Bernstein was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Midfielder while Garcia was named Most Outstanding Attack. They were joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Sarah Langlie.

Men's team will try to match women

The CSU men’s lacrosse team opens its national tournament today in Greenville, S.C., vs. Purdue. Like the women’s team, the Rams are unbeaten (15-0) and ranked No. 1 heading into nationals.