ALLIANCE, Ohio – Albion College had not seen an opponent with the talent of Catholic University until the teams met Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Catholic defeated Albion, 19-5, as the Britons finished the season with a 14-5 record and a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament championship.
Goalkeeper Alexis Robinson, the Rookie of the Year in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, made several impressive saves in the first half, and Jenina Villabroza did likewise in the second half, but the pressure Catholic displayed on the ride was just as impressive as Albion had trouble advancing the ball to the attacking end of the field.
Robinson stopped half of the shots she faced, making 15 saves. Villabroza was credited with stopping seven of the 11 shots she faced.
Lopez, an all-MIAA second team pick in the midfield, finished her first season at the collegiate level with 46 goals. That's the ninth-most in a season at Albion.
Muns, a two-time all-MIAA pick, scored 45 goals on the season to sit 10th on Albion's single-season list.
Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality at Albion College. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated competition facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.
The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.