Messiah gained revenge for its loss to Wheaton (Ill.) in last year's NCAA Division III Tournament final with a 5-0 victory in this year's final that denied the Thunder a three-peat.
Tournament Erin Hench
had two goals and an assist in the final for Messiah, which also won the D3 men's title for its second men's and women's double in
the last four years. Kacie Klynstra
was named the tournament's top defender and won the battle with her twin sister, Kari,
who started for Wheaton.
Another twin of note for Messiah was all-tournament selection Amanda Naeher
, who finished the season
with 33 goals. Her twin sister, Alyssa
, was the starting goalie for the USA in its 2-1 win over North Korea in Sunday's Under-20 Women's World Cup final in
The Falcons scored an average of four goals a game in their five NCAA Tournament wins.
Dec. 5 in Greensboro, N.C. Messiah 3 William Smith 0.
Goals: Hench 35, Naeher (Musser) 69, Klynstra (Loya, Scott) 80. Messiah --
Beckwith, Naeher, Horning, Cortese, Hoffsmith, Musser, Gorman, Klynstra, Bletz, Haqq, Hench. Subs: Reilly, Horst,
Wingard, Cope, Loya, Fessler, Shirk, Sensi, Hennington. William Smith --
Davis, Art, Tyson, Boardman-Brann,
S.Tarantino, DiCenzo, Nasypany, Sawyer, J.Tarantino, Santiago, Redmond. Subs: Chase, England, Carrese, Jameson, Bernay, Vaughn, Stevens, Shatkin. Referee:
Scott Johnson. Att.:
Dec. 5 in Greensboro,
Wheaton (Ill.) 3 Williams 1.
Goals: Lee 6, Klynstra 53, Della Torre 84; Woodson 60.
Erickson, Lindner, Foltz, LeBaudour,
Karsten, Bergh, Klynstra, Della Torre, Hodina, Lee, Kopelman. Subs: Williams, Moser, Kishaba, Turner. Williams --
Sinnenberg, Duggan, Rainer, Wolfson,
Russo, Danhakl, Colesanti, Stenquist, Woodson, Gallagher. Subs: Eisenhart, Burke, Snyder, McGonagle, Neil, Jones, Walmsley. Referee:
600. Final Dec. 6 in Greensboro, N.C.
Messiah 5 Wheaton
(Ill.) 0. Goals:
Hench 28, Kacie Klynstra 57, Hench (Horning) 65, Horst 80, Loya (Hench) 81.
Beckwith, Naeher, Horning, Cortese, Hoffsmith, Musser, Gorman, Kacie Klynstra, Bletz, Haqq, Hench. Subs: Horst,
Wingard, Scott, Loya, Wademan, Fessler, Sipe, Shirk, Sensi. Wheaton --
Erickson, Lindner, Foltz, Moser, Karsten, Bergh, Kari Klynstra, Della Torre,
Hodina, Lee, Kopelman. Subs: Morey, Herrmann, Kishkunas, Sutton, Clark, Grove, Williams, Kishaba, Turner, LeBaudour. Referee:
Shane Butler. Att.: