May 22, 2023
Pace University Women’s Lacrosse Crowned National Champions
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 22, 2023): The No. 3 ranked Pace University women's lacrosse team completed its historic season with a National Championship, defeating No. 1 ranked West Chester University 19-9 on Sunday, May 21 to win the first title in program history. The 19 goals were the most-ever scored in a DII Women's Lacrosse championship game, and the Setters are the first NCAA collegiate team in Westchester County to win a National Championship.
The Setters finished the season with a 21-2 record, winning a staggering 17 games against ranked opponents during the 2023 season, including a Golden Rams team that came into the National Championship game a perfect 22-0 on the year.
"What you saw today, we had been doing all season," remarked Setter head coach Tricia Molfetta. "They've worked so hard for this, and even though we were beating teams by 10 goals all spring, I think there were still people that doubted us. It was fuel for us, and all we kept saying all year long, and this is something they came up with, is 'why not us'?"
She went on to talk about how much it meant to her and the team.
"It's a tremendous feeling." Molfetta said. "We played West Chester in 2019 and we lost by 20 goals. To come here and play the way we did, on the road, against an undefeated team, it's remarkable."
Pace struck in the opening minute of the game and put up 10 goals in the first 15 minutes. By halftime the lead was 15-2 and the Settlers never looked back winning 19-9 and claiming the Div II National Championship.
Pace outshout West Chester 39-18 on the day, while the Golden Rams won the ground ball battle 16-12. The Setters were dominant on draw controls, winning 23 of 30 draws. Porcello's five goals were one shy of the all-time record of six in a DII Women's Lacrosse championship game.
Speaking on the win, midfielder Aleya Corretjer said, "All season long, from the preseason in the fall, this is what we worked for." Corretjer said. "We worked every day for it, and just to get to this end goal, it feels amazing. All the work paid off."
Sharpen your skills and lacrosse IQ at the Nike Girls Lacrosse Camp at Pace University! Head Women's Coach Tricia Molfetta and staff offer collegiate skill instruction, team games, and more for female players on the beautiful Pleasantville campus, located just outside of NYC. Pace University is offering two sessions of summer camp July 10-13 & July 24-27, 2023 for girls ages 8-18.
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