Michigan bulldozed through the regular season with a 9-0 record, outscoring opponents 128-40 en route to a 3rd straight CWPA Regular Season Championship.
But the title that matters more is the CWPA Tournament and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A 10 team tournament where 7 of the bids are automatics, with 3 at-larges that always go to the best teams from the West coast leagues that did not win their conference.
#7 ranked and 1 seed Michigan beat 9 seed Saint Francis (PA) by 20 goals on Friday in the quarterfinals. SFU is in their first year as a Varsity program and it showed in their 22-2 defeat.
Harvard upset host and rival Indiana in the quarterfinals, so Michigan faced #20 ranked and 5 seed Harvard yesterday, winning 11-5 in a game where the suffocating defense dominated like it usually does against teams from this league.
Today's championship game was between Michigan and #9 ranked, 2 seed Princeton. Michigan surprisingly beat a solid Princeton a month ago pretty handily, 14-6.
Today's game was a different story. Princeton actually scored first and led 1-0 after the 1st quarter.
Michigan took the lead in the 2nd quarter on a nice power play goal by senior star Allison Skaggs that banged the bottom of the crossbar to go in. The Wolverines would score again on a Caroline Anderson PP goal shortly after, to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
A great defensive game. Both goalies were great in this one. Princeton's goalie actually made first team all-tournament.
The game changed in the 3rd quarter when Princeton's coach was ejected on a red card for getting on the refs too much during the game. At that point it was a 3-3 tie.
Michigan would then take the lead on a great no-look backhand goal by Danielle Johnson to up 4-3.
Michigan took a commanding 5-3 lead when Anderson scored on a play where the Princeton goalie was for some reason playing 4 feet out of the net. A commanding lead because the Michigan defense tightened up.
Michigan allowed Princeton to score one goal with just 5 seconds left to burn time off. After a goal, the team who gave up a goal gets possession. So the clock ran out and Michigan held on.
Michigan wins the 2017 CWPA Tournament Championship. The second straight title for the Wolverines and the 7th in program history.
The Australian freshman Maddy Steere made First Team All-Tournament, with Danielle & Kim Johnson and goalie Heidi Ritner taking Second Team honors.
Allison Skaggs was named Tournament MVP with coach Dr. Marcelo Leonardi taking home the Coach of the Tournament honor.
Michigan is going back to the NCAA Tournament after being the first team East of the Rocky Mountains to ever reach the Final Four last season.
Michigan will take in a 28-8 record to Indianapolis for the 3-game tournament. The NCAA selection show will be tomorrow at 8pm.