Lindenwood wins their first championship, 14-12. The Top Ranked Lidenwood Lady Lions (17-1) took on #5 Queens Royals (14-2) in the Championship of the NCAA Division II Women’s Championship.
This one was a wide-open battle with the two squads putting 17 goals on the board in the first half. Kyleigh Mastean (1g) gave the Royals the early lead at 25:37. Lexi Biller (4g) and Meghan Rea (1g) had a response that made it a 2-1 game. Sydney Bracken (3g) knotted it up, 2-2.
The Lions began to roar with Carly Fedorowski (2g), Emma Arnold (3g,1a), Biller, and Erin McGuire (3g,1a) n just 5:30 to boost the Lindenwood advantage to 6-2. Shannon Donovan (2g 1a) followed a minute nineteen later by Kara Blanchard (5G,1a) and the battle was on. It was the Lion’s turn for back-to-back tallies and Erin McGuire and Fedorowski did the honors.
The pattern continued with Donovan and Biller countering. Lindenwood closed the half with a run that Arnold, Callie Eldred (1g) and McGuire closed the first half with the Lions holding a 12-5 advantage. Biller at 28:25 followed by Arnold at 23:10 extended things to 14-5.
The Royals didn’t make it this far by throwing in the towel so Blanchard with three in a row, and at 13:54, Bracken closed the deficit to five goals at 14-9. Shannon Kingston (1g) with Bracken and a fourth of the half from Blanchard got it to 14-12 with 1:19 remaining. Queens could not get it any closer and Lindenwood took home their first-ever NCAA D2 Championship. Lindenwood wins their first championship.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.