Clark & Ur Combine for 11 Goals as No. 1 California Polytechnic State University Trips Miami University (Ohio) 18-4 in 2011 National Collegiate Club Championship Opening Round

Miami's Colleen Briggs Shoots on Cal Poly's Noelle Wondergem
Miami's Colleen Briggs Shoots on Cal Poly's Noelle Wondergem

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Three-time National Player of the Year Sarah Ur (Sr., Lompoc, Calif.) and Casey Clark  (So., Agoura Hills, Calif.) combined for 11 goals to share Player of the Game accolades as No. 1-nationally ranked California Polytechnic State University stopped Miami University (Ohio) 18-4 in the opening game of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

The three-time defending National Champion, Cal Poly showed why it has been the top team in the nation for the length of the competing athletes' collegiate careers pumping in five goals during the first, second and third periods to build a lead which the RedHawks could not overcome.

Cal Poly, the Pacific Coast Division champion, jumped on the board with 5:48 left in the first period as Clark ripped home a marker to stake the Mustangs to a lead they would not relinquish he rest of the way.

Ur got in on the scoring at 2:38 before Clark scored on a man-up chance with 2:15 remaining in the period, Kate Warner (Jr., Lafayette, Calif.) connected on a shot at 1:46 and Clark completed a first period hat-trick at 1:18 to give Cal Poly a 5-0 lead through seven minutes of action.

Miami broke through for a score with 5:35 on the clock in the second period as Jane Gleaves (So., Lexington, Ohio) pounded the ball past Cal Poly goalie Noelle Wondergem (Sr., Arroyo Grande, Calif.) to trim the lead to 5-1.

However, the Mustangs ran out to a bigger spread as Clark rifled a penalty shot into the twine at 4:58 and a natural goal at 3:40, while Ur flipped in her second tally of the day at 4:25 to make it 8-1.

Midwest Division runner-up Miami responded with a goal by Colleen Briggs (Sr., Mount Prospect, Ill.) at 1:13 to pull to within 8-2.

Once again, Cal Poly responded to the RedHawks attempts to take flight and get back into the game with a scoring run as Ur (00:52) and Sophie Calhoun (So., Santa Cruz, Calif.) (00:08) lobbed shots into the back of the cage to build a 10-2 Mustangs' lead heading into halftime.

The scoring run continued into the third period as the Mustangs rattled off five more goals in the first portion of the second to take a 15-2 lead through 21 minutes of competition.

For Miami, the deficit was too much to overcome as the RedHawks were able to trim the deficit to 16-4 before the Mustangs tacked on two additional goals in the closing seconds of the fourth period for the 14-score margin of victory.

Between the pipes, Wondergem picked up the victory with six saves, while Miami's Kelsey Novotney (Jr., Wheaton, Ill.) made 14 stops for the RedHawks.

The loss places Miami into a 9:50 p.m. contest later this evening against the loser of a first round game between No. 8-ranked and Southwest Division champion Arizona State University and No. 4-ranked and Pacific Coast Division runner-up the University of California-Los Angeles. 

Cal Poly will next be in action at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 against the victor of the ASU-UCLA contest with a spot in the tournament semifinals and a guaranteed spot in the tournament's Top Four on the line.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
Miami University (Ohio) 0 2 0 2 -- 4
No. 1 California Polytechnic State University
5 5 5 3 -- 18

Cal Poly Goals: Casey Clark (6); Sarah Ur (5); Joanna Wilk (2); Helen Compton; Katie Fiore; Kate Warner; Sophie Calhoun; Kristy Avis

Miami Goals: Jane Gleaves (2); Colleen Briggs; Lauren Checchin

Saves: Cal Poly - Noelle Wondergem (6) ; Miami - Kelsey Novotny (14)

Exclusions: Cal Poly - 1 ; Miami - 6

Advantage Opportunities:  Cal Poly - 2-for-6 ; Miami - 0-for-1

Cards: None

Officials: Don Lewis, Josh Kratz

2011 California Polytechnic State University Mustangs

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