The DU women’s club lacrosse poses for a team picture after winning their championship match against the University of Utah on May 7. Jillian Queri | Clarion

On May 7, the DU women’s club lacrosse team won the Women’s Club Lacrosse Association (WCLA) Division II National Championship, the club’s first national title. Denver defeated the University of Utah in sudden-death overtime by a score of 11-10 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The hero in overtime was freshman attack Kaitlin Ball, who scored just over a minute into the extra frame after receiving a pass from fellow Pioneer senior Courtney Place. Ball ripped a screaming shot past the Utah goaltender, clinching the penultimate victory for Denver.

The Pioneers were able to beat their out-of-state rival and conquer the tournament field with a cohesive, team-oriented effort. Three players were named to the Division II All-Tournament Team, including senior Amy Franks, junior Marigrace Scrivanich and junior Kelley Dingens.

Two more players took home individual awards. Ball, the overtime hero, took home the Most Outstanding Attacker Award for the game, while Nicole Cosmay was named the Most Outstanding Defender.

The club finished the season with a 14-2 overall record, including winning 14 of their last 15 games. It was a magical season for the team, accompanied by an equally special finish which saw them crowned as national champions.