Philadelphia Force Claims United Women’s Lacrosse League Season Three Championship
BOSTON — The Philadelphia Force used a second-half run to defeat the Boston Storm 13-7 Saturday night at Harvard Stadium and claim the franchise’s first UWLX championship.
Leading the way for the Force was Michelle Tumolo, who scored three goals and added two assists. Alyssa Murray added four goals, including the first two of the game, to help the Force get past the Storm and finish the season with an undefeated 6-0 record.
Tee Ladouceur and Erica Perrotta each contributed three goals in the victory. Perrotta’s goals all came in the second half as the Force outscored the Storm 7-2 down the stretch.
Force goalkeeper Brittany Read played a tight game in between the pipes, making 10 saves for the Force, and she was instrumental in Philadelphia’s clearing game.
"Brittany Read has played lights out this whole season,” said Tumolo, who was recently named the head coach at Wagner College after coaching at the University of Oregon.
“It's so fun — I coached her at Oregon and now to be her teammate is so fun. She's unbelievable."
Force head coach Mike Bedford said he couldn’t be more proud of the players on his team after watching them put in work away from the field throughout the season.
“They’ve been getting it done all year long on both sides of the ball, so it was great to watch them close this one out with such a strong showing in the championship,” said Bedford, recently named an assistant coach at Rutgers University.
Possessions, he said, were key in the title matchup.
“It’s what got us to this moment and it’s what separated us from everyone all the way to the end. And I was pleased with our execution in the second half. I felt like we left a lot of points out there in the first half. But like with all games this season, as the game went on our shooting improved.”
Bedford credited league operator 3d Lacrosse for helping raise the bar for the UWLX in the league’s third season.
“3d has been amazing for the UWLX all year. They are committed to providing a professional experience to all the UWLX athletes and they hit this one out of the park. … The atmosphere here at Harvard and the partnership with the Cannons really helped make this a special moment for our crew. Congrats to coach (Scott) Teeter and the Boston Storm on another great season.”
Boston closes out the season with a 4-2 record.
The Storm was led by Kayla Treanor , who registered two goals in the contest. Scoring one goal in each half, Treanor’s first goal tied the game at 5-5 with only minutes remaining in the first half. Treanor totaled five draw controls in the loss. Riley Donahue contributed a goal an assist in the loss.
Additional goals from Sarah Crowley, Ali Flury and Michele Scannell helped the Storm battle the Force in the first half. Flury tied the game at three and Scannell answered with a caused turnover converted to a fast break tally to give the Storm their only lead of the game.
Goalkeeper Liz Hogan turned in another strong performance, totalling 17 saves on the night, including 11 in the first half.
Though disappointed in the loss – it was Boston’s third loss in as many title game appearances – Hogan said the Storm showed progress as a team each week throughout the season.
“We overcame a lot of obstacles and battled in every game,” Hogan said.
“Success isn’t necessarily perfection, but progressing every week, which I thought we did a nice job of. I think there were some intangibles like communication, teamwork and so much more that we improved upon every week. Personally I feel closer to this team than I ever thought possible at the beginning of this season.”
Hogan credited the play of the Force, a team she considered a “complete package” thanks to players like Tumolo, Read, Murray and more.
Boston head coach Scott Teeter also complimented Philadelphia for its performance in the finale.
“Tonight was a great lacrosse game played by two excellent teams each filled with elite players,” said Teeter, the head coach at the University of Louisville.
“Kudos goes to the Force, who made a few more plays tonight than we did. It is an honor to coach these incredibly talented women this season.”
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Philadelphia Force: Murray (4 goals), Tumolo (3 goals, 2 assists), Ladouceur, Perrotta (3 goals), Garrity, O’Connell (1 assist), Read (10 saves)
Boston Storm: Donahue (1 goals, 1 assist), Treanor (2 goals), Crowley, Flury, Murphy, Scannell (1 goal), Hogan (17 saves)