No. 13 University of Texas Spears No. 16 Lindenwood University 14-7 in National Collegiate Club Championship Consolation Bracket

Meghann Kopecky
Meghann Kopecky

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Becca Lewis (Sr., Houston, Texas) scored five times to earn Player of the Game accolades as No. 13 University of Texas stampeded past No. 16 Lindenwood University 14-7 in the National Collegiate Club Championship consolation round.

The victory places the Texas Division champion Longhorns into a 1:40 match-up on Saturday, May 7 against the victor of a consolation bracket game between No. 8 Arizona State University and Miami University (Ohio) with a berth in the ninth or 11th place games on the line.  Heartland Division champion Lindenwood will face the loser of the ASU-Miami (Ohio) game at 8:40 p.m. tomorrow to determine which program finishes the tournament in a tie for 13th place and which earns one of two spots at No. 15.

Due to the limited pool availability and time restraints of a 16-team tournament, the field does not play out the 13th and 15th places unless two pools are available, such as last year at the University of Arizona.

The Longhorns wasted no time in jumping out to a commanding lead in the contest as Texas outscored the Lions 3-0 in the opening frame to take a lead the squad would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Stephanie Liederbach (Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich.) started the scoring with 5:12 left in the first period before Lewis darted a man-up shot into the cage at 4:04 and Kara Parker (So., Houston, Texas) zinged a ball off the water at 3:35 during even-strength play to stake the Longhorns to a 3-0 advantage.

The margin grew to 5-0 with 1:24 left in the second period as Lewis and Abby Edwards (Jr., Houston, Texas) netted natural goals at 1:49 and 1:24.  Lindenwood broke up Texas' shutout try 15 seconds later when Meghann Kopecky (Fr., Harare, Zimbabwe) tossed in a shot at 1:09 to make it 5-1 at halftime.

Both teams exploded offensively in the second half combining for 15 goals, including nine in the third period, to turn a defensive oriented contest into a track meet.

Texas started the barrage with back-to-back tallies by Liederbach and Hillary Rodriguez (Sr., Midway, Texas) at 5:27 and 3:44, respectively, to build the lead to 7-1.  Lindenwood came back with a strike by Christa Khatcherian (Fr., Buffalo Grove, Ill.) at 3:44, but the Longhorns got the marker back less than a minute later with a successul five-meter penalty shot by Lewis at 2:36.

Parker parked another five-meter penalty shot into the back of the cage at 1:09 to make it 8-2, Kopecky responded with a penalty shot of her own at 1:09, Parker countered with a natural goal with 48 seconds remaining in the period and Dee Fleuriot (Sr., Durbin, South Africa) zipped in a shot with 23 seconds on the clock to make it 9-4.

The pattern continued to the horn at the end of the third period as Parker completed a hat-trick in the quarter, before Gabrielle Thonton (Fr., Saline, Mich.) heaved in a shot at the buzzer to make it a 10-5 game through 21 minutes of play.

Following an man-up goal by Lewis and an even-strength tally by Jessie Koverman (So., Hermosa Beach, Calif.) at 6:19 and 5:41, respectively, to make it 12-5, the Lions could chop the margin no lower than six (12-6) the rest of the way in falling by seven to the Longhorns.

Bridgette McMahan (Fr., Houston, Texas) recorded six saves in garnering the victory for Texas, while CJ Cherry (Fr., Eagleville, Tenn.) posted 10 blocks in taking the loss for the Lions.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
No. 16 Lindenwood University 0 1 4 2 -- 7
No. 13 University of Texas
3 2 5 4 -- 14

Texas Goals: Becca Lewis (5); Stephanie Liederbach (3); Kara Parker (3); Hillary Rodriguez; Jessie Koverman; Abby Edwards

Lindenwood Goals: Meghann Kopecky (4); Gabrielle Thonton; Dee Fleuriot; Christa Khatcherian;

Saves: Lindenwood - CJ Cherry (10) ; Texas - Bridgette McMahan (6)

Exclusions: Lindenwood - 7 ; Texas - 4

Advantage Opportunities:  Lindenwood - 2-for-4 ; Texas - 4-for-7

Sprints: Lindenwood - 1-for-4 ; Texas - 3-for-4

Cards: None

Officials: Mike McMahon, Kristin Stanford

University of Texas' Kara Parker

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