Conference tournament crowns dished out
The dust settled on DI women’s postseason conference tournaments on Sunday, as champions were crowned in finals around the country, as automatic bids were secured.
Below is a recap of a handful of conference finals, along with the complete list of automatic entrants into the NCAA Tournament.
It’s never a shock to see Florida State get the job done in a shootout.
Tied 0-0 with North Carolina after 110 minutes of action, Cassie Miller saved a penalty kick in the shootout, and Bridgette Andrzejewski missed her final effort as FSU secured a fourth straight ACC tournament title.
Neither side threw numbers forward with great abandoned, as Florida State edged the Tar Heels in shots 8-7. Goalkeeper Lindsey Harris made four saves for UNC, while Miller turned aside three shots, as neither side managed to break the deadlock in Charleston.
TCU jumped out to an early lead, as Michelle Prokof opened the scoring just four minutes into the match. The Horned Frogs doubled the advantaged right before the halftime break thanks to junior Allison Ganter.
The Mountaineers were not to be denied, however. Michaela Abam cut into the lead in the 59th minute, and Kadeisha Buchanan broke TCU’s hearts by tying the game with less than two minutes left.
That set the stage for Ashley Lawrence to drive home the title-winning goal, securing West Virginia’s third tournament crown in four years.
The Hoyas put in a dominant performance over the 90 minutes, as goals from Grace Damaska and Rachel Corboz ensured a relatively comfortable victory in the end. Marquette was outshot 16-1, while Georgetown equaled its program record by recording win number 16 of the season.
After the Golden Gophers nursed a 1-0 lead from the 27th minute onwards, Rutgers’ Chantelle Swaby equalized in the 84th minute.
Instead of letting their heads drop, Minnesota answered right away. Emily Heslin scored less than a minute later, providing the winning margin as Minnesota held on for the 1-0 victory and Big Ten tourney crown.
Savannah Jordan and Alexandra Fischer exchanged goals in either half, as the Gators and Razorbacks finished the 90 minutes tied at a goal apiece.
Sharp’s winner claimed Florida’s 12th SEC Tournament crown in 17 appearances.
American Athletic: Connecticut
America East: Albany
Atlantic 10: Dayton
Atlantic Sun; Florida Gulf Coast(w)
Big Sky: Eastern Washington
Big South: Liberty
Big West: Long Beach State
Conference USA: Charlotte
Horizon League: Northern Kentucky
Ivy League: Harvard
Mid-American: Kent State
Missouri Valley: Illinois State
Mountain West: UNLV
Northeast: Saint Francis (PA)(w)
Ohio Valley: SIUE
Patriot League: Bucknell
Sun Belt: South Alabama
Summit League: UNLV
Southland: Houston Baptist
SWAC: Alabama State
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