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.