West Chester 20, Lock Haven
West Chester 20, Lock Haven 7May 14, 2005
WEST CHESTER, PA - Kirstin McGoldrick scored four times and Caitlin Pettit set an NCAA Division II Championship Tournament record with five assists as West Chester pummeled Lock Haven 20-7 in the NCAA National Semifinals on Saturday afternoon in West Chester, PA.
The victory propels the Golden Rams into the National Championship finale for the fourth time in the five years the NCAA has offered a Division II National Championship and sets up a rematch of the 2002 National Championship Game featuring WCU and Stonehill. The Chieftains defeated Adelphi 16-10 in the day's first semifinal to also advance.
Sunday's title game is scheduled for noon on WCU's South Campus and will be broadcast live on College Sports Television (CSTV). WCU beat Stonehill in 2002 by the score of 11-6.
West Chester turned a 7-2 halftime lead into a 20-7 blowout by scoring 13 times following intermission. McGoldrick scored four times and added a pair of assists to finish with six points, giving her 103 on the season. She becomes just the fourth Golden Ram to break the century mark in points, while her two assists upped her career total to 123 to leave her one behind all-time record-holder Erika Baker (124 from 1990-93).
McGoldrick also extended her single-season assist record to 53, while Pettit tied Baker - who had held the mark of 46 helpers until McGoldrick broke it this season - after tallying five in this afternoon's semifinal. The five assists also sent an NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament single-game record.
Pettit finished the day with a game-high seven points, while Katelyn Martin scored four times and added an assist for a five-point afternoon. The junior upped her all-time record-setting WCU career goal total to 195.
Tara Wagner scored the hat-trick for WCU and also had an assist, and Christine Kane came off the bench to tally three times. Christa Somits, Neilly Oliver, Danielle Roy and Molly Halberstadt all socred goals for the Golden Rams.
Lock Haven was led by Jenn Richter who scored three times, and Caitlyn Watts who tallied once with two assists. Diana Strizki had two assists, Caitlin LaBonte scored twice and Stephanie Wood had one goal.
Chelsea Marshall halted 13 of 20 shots on net to earn her 15th victory of the season - the second most wins for a WCU goalkeeper in school history. LHU goalie Kimberly Allan halted 16 shots on net.
The victory by West Chester improved the Golden Rams' record in the NCAA II National Championship Tournament to 5-2, maintaining the mark for the most victories by a school in the five-year event. WCU is one of just three teams - Stonehill and LIU-C.W. Post being the other two - two have competed in four NCAA Division II National Championship Tournaments. The Golden Rams are the only school to reach the finals four times.
West Chester's win over Lock Haven marked the 18th consecutive victory by WCU over the Lady Eagles dating back to 1990, while the home win gave West Chester a 10-0 record on its new artificial surface field and extended its home victory string to 19 consecutive contests. WCU also beat Lock Haven for the third time this season.