WCLA National Tournament and Awards

The Portland Pilots traveled to the WCLA National Tournament near Austin, Texas from May 3-8, the first time the team has ever qualified for this event. It was hot (90+ degrees) with fierce competition, and the Pilots played hard but lost to very good teams from University of New Hampshire, Denver University, and the United States Air Force Academy. Despite the losses, it was an amazing experience and tremendous lacrosse capstone for our graduating seniors.

On the individual side, five Pilots received WCLA All-Academic awards: Rosie Allwright, Megan Andrus, Ryn Marcel, Mikhenna Miller, and Caroline Sanders. In addition, Marcel was honored as a First Team All-American midfielder, the first time a player from the NWWLL has been named to the first team at the national level. Great work, Pilots!

Pilots on the field in Texas
Pilots award winners after the WCLA Awards ceremony! L to R – Ryn Marcel, Meghan Andrus, Caroline Sanders, Rosie Allwright, Mikhenna Miller
Enjoying the riverfront in Austin, Texas

PILOTS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS for the first time ever!! Headed to Texas on May 3rd!

The team celebrates after accepting a bid to Nationals!
Captain Ryn Marcel (left), NWWLL President Mercer Brown, Captain Cova Li (right)

The Pilots had a great weekend in Spokane on April 9-10, beating Montana State 14-10 in the semifinals and losing to Gonzaga 10-9 in a truly amazing championship game. The team finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses and a final WCLA D2 ranking of #11 in the nation. Team Captain Ryn Marcel won the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League scoring title, and Team Captain Cova Li was awarded Co-Defender of the Year. Awesome!

For the first time in club history, the Pilots have received a bid to the WCLA National Tournament and will be headed to Austin, Texas on May 3rd! If you’d like to support the team with a donation, click here. GO PILOTS!

Pilots Finish #1 in Northwest League, Ranked #6 in Nation. We’re Raising Funds for Trip to Nationals!!

UPDATE: Pilots now ranked #6 in nation! We are actively fundraising to support a possible trip to WCLA Nationals from May 4-7 in Texas, please donate by clicking here. Thank you!

University of Portland women’s lacrosse finished their Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League season with a 7-1 record and are now ranked #1 for NWWLL Regionals on April 9-10. In their final regular season weekend, the Pilots defeated Pacific Lutheran in convincing fashion on Saturday, 17-7, and then beat defending league champion Gonzaga on Sunday, 9-8. Gonzaga had never lost a NWWLL league game since moving to Division 2 in 2019.

The Pilots went into the weekend ranked #10 in the nation in WCLA Division 2, and are likely to hold that spot or even move up with the win over Gonzaga. Team Captain Ryn Marcel is the top scorer in the league with 33 goals and 5 assists in 8 games and is a strong candidate for All-American.

Pilots Host NW League Weekend, Go 3-0 and Now Ranked #10 in the Nation!

GO PILOTS!

The University of Portland Pilots hosted a full slate of Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League games over the March 12-13 weekend, the first games hosted on the Franz/River Campus since 2019. The Pilots went 3-0, with wins over Pacific Lutheran (15-2) and Northwest Nazarene (19-7) on Saturday, then an amazing, hard fought 10-9 win on Sunday over Portland State University, the #8 ranked team in the nation. With these being the final home games of the season, we celebrated our eleven seniors on Sunday after the win over PSU – it was an emotional day with family and friends in attendance.

With the win over PSU, the Pilots are now 5-1 and are now nationally ranked #10 in Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division 2! Next up, the Pilots travel to Tacoma on March 19-20 to play Pacific Lutheran again and face the always tough Gonzaga. After that will be a few weeks of practice leading up to the NWWLL Regionals on April 9-10 in Spokane, Washington. GO PILOTS!

We love and will miss our 11 Seniors!

Pilots Off to Great Start for 2022

The University of Portland Pilots 2022 women’s lacrosse season got off to a great start on January 29-30 with convincing wins over Central Washington University and University of Idaho. It was a great weekend to shake off the rust and the Pilots scored 33 goals in two games, with eleven different players finding the back of the net. Our thanks to Portland State for hosting this Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League weekend.

Saturday night was the first game the Pilots have played since March of 2020! Captain Ryn Marcel led the the charge with 5 goals and 2 assists in a 15-1 win over CWU, and Rosie Allwright and Kalina Campos each scored twice. Captain Hannah Kelly and Rebecca Robles each scored once, and the game featured first-ever collegiate club goals from Campos, Meghan Andrus, Kayden Baziak, Juliette Lee, and Phoebe Omweg.

We had a smaller roster on Sunday morning but were able to crank up the offense again in an 18-2 win over Idaho. Marcel again led the charge with 5 goals and an assist, and this time was joined by Allwright with a breakout 4 goal, 2 assist performance. Baziak scored three for the hat trick, Campos and Andrus each scored twice, and Kelly Nguyen and Olivia Downey each added one for their first ever collegiate club goals. Our low D was solid when they had to be and goalie Caroline Sanders was sharp with 5 saves.

Our next game is February 19 against the always tough Portland State University Vikings, lots of practice and scrimmage time prior to then. GO PILOTS!

2022 Season Game Schedule is Set!

University of Portland women’s lacrosse will be playing an eight-game 2022 regular season in the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League. The Pilots will be taking on Portland State and Pacific Lutheran twice, have single games against Central Washington, Northwest Nazarene, University of Idaho, and Gonzaga, plus an additional game against local NAIA varsity squad Multnomah University. Please click on the calendar link above to see game dates and details.

UP/PSU Combined Team Travels to OSU

University of Portland and Portland State University women’s lacrosse clubs joined forces to bring a combined team to Corvallis and scrimmaged Oregon State University on November 20, 2021. It was a beautiful day and a great time for all the players! As the UP coaches were not available, our thanks to PSU coaches Krista and Maddy for leading this effort. GO PILOTS! GO VIKINGS!

We’re Back! Scrimmage Night at PSU

On Friday, November 12th, Portland State University hosted University of Portland for a low-key scrimmage night on Stott Field, our first inter-squad competition since March 2020. Spirits were high, with both teams thrilled to be back on the field with each other and playing lacrosse under the lights! After a quick warmup, the coaches set up a half-field 7v7 to shake off the rust, then progressed to a full field 10v10 to finish out the evening. Sincere thanks to the Vikings for hosting us, our teams will be combining to send a joint squad down to Corvallis for two scrimmages at Oregon State University on November 20th. Go Vikings! GO PILOTS!

Pilot and Viking players and coaches after a great scrimmage night.

UP Club Fair on January 29th!

There will be a virtual University of Portland club fair on January 29 at 4:30pm, with women’s lacrosse hosting a Zoom session (e-mail us for the link). This is a great time for any interested first year students or other new players to connect with our Pilot Women’s Lacrosse Team Captains, get information, and ask questions about our program. Even though we won’t be having a formal spring season this year, we’d love to connect with you now!