West Florida's Palmer hits unique trifecta

[NCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT] Chelsea Palmer's goal gave West Florida a 1-0 win over UC San Diego to win the NCAA Division II championship for the first time. It wasn't her first national title, though. Palmer, who also had the winner in the 2-1 win over defending champion Saint Rose in the semifinals, won the NJCAA Division III title at Richland College and the NJCAA Division I championship at Tyler Junior College before transferring to West Florida.

Sarah Story, the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year after transferring from Darton College, made four saves to preserve the win for Argonauts, who were outplayed in the first half but came to life after intermission.

Palmer broke the deadlock in the 77th minute when she scored off a rebound after Sashana Campbell’s initial shot was stopped.

NCAA Division II Women's Champions
YEAR CHAMPION (RECORD) SCORE RUNNER-UP
2012 West Florida (24-1-0) 1-0 UC San Diego
2011 Saint Rose (24-1-1) 2-1 Grand Valley State
2010 Grand Valley State (22-1-2) 4-0 UC San Diego
2009 Grand Valley State (22-0-4) 1-0 Cal State Dominguez Hills
2008 Seattle Pacific (22-1-2) 1-0 (2OT) West Florida
2007 *Tampa (20-2-3) 0-0 (2 OT, pk) Franklin Pierce
2006 Metro State (24-2) 1-0 (OT) Grand Valley State
2005 Nebraska-Omaha (20-2) 2-1 (OT) Seattle Pacific
2004 Metro State (25-1) 3-2 Adelphi
2003 Kennesaw State (25-1) 2-0 Franklin Pierce
2002 Christian Brothers (22-1) 2-1 Nebraska-Omaha
2001 UC San Diego (21-2) 2-0 Christan Brothers
2000 UC San Diego (21-2) 2-1 Northern Kentucky
1999 Franklin Pierce (20-1) 3-1 Cal Poly Pomona
1998 Lynn (19-1) 3-1 Sonoma State
1997 Franklin Pierce (21-0) 3-0 West Virginia Wesleyan
1996 Franklin Pierce (18-1) 1-0 Lynn
1995 Franklin Pierce (19-0) 5-0 Barry
1994 Franklin Pierce (20-0) 2-0 Regis (Colo.)
1993 Barry (17-1) 2-0 Cal Poly
1992 Barry (17-2) 3-2 Adelphi
1991 Cal State Dominguez Hills (18-4-1) 2-1 Sonoma State
1990 Sonoma State (14-4) 2-0 Keene State
1989 Barry (17-0-1) 4-0 Keene State
1988 Cal State East Bay (18-2) 1-0 Barry

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