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Recent News:

Spring Turnaround (April 8, 2008)
Spring 2008 Season Underway (February 6, 2008)
Women's Lacrosse 2007 Fallball Season Wraps Up (November 17, 2007)
Waves Finish Out 2006-2007 Season Stong (June 1, 2007)
19th Ranked Pepperdine Finishes 2-2 Against National Field (March 21, 2007)
Pepperdine Breaks into National Rankings (February 21, 2007) 
Six Recruits Commit to Pepperdine (June 1, 2006)
Waves Season Review (May 3, 2006)
Pepperdine Players Garner Individual Honors (April 26, 2006)
Waves Fall in WWLL DII Final (April 23, 2006)

Spring Turnaround

Since Spring Break the Pepperdine Women's Lacrosse team has been having a different season. The turn around began at their tournament March 14 and 15 where Pepperdine was able to score its first victory against a strong Towson University team. The following day Pepperdine again showed its new ability with a decisive victory over UC Berkeley and played a very even match against Tri-Check, a post-collegiate club program. Since the tournament, Pepperdine has won it's last three games against University of Arizona, University of San Diego and Arizona State. When asked what brought on this change coach Kate Hicks said, "I think confidence has been the major factor. Our defense is really stepping up and playing together, and our attack is finally becoming a threat from many angles." Hicks is right about the attack becoming a threat. Over the last three games six players on the Pepperdine attack, Courtney Schneck, Annie McKinley, Emily McKenzie, Alexis Padis, Sascha Reed and Jessie Heneghan have been evenly scoring and assisting. "It's really fun to watch a team try to shut down one of our attackers and then watch another attacker step up," said coach Juliet Mittlemann.

Hicks also attributes the team's success to their ability to play two even halves and finish games. "Last year I feel like we would play a strong first half and then sort of disappear the second. That has not been the case this year. If anything, these girls take the instruction and improve each half." This even play helped Pepperdine win a very close game on Sunday against Arizona State. At half-time the score was tied 7-7. After a quick talk, Pepperdine came out and improved their shooting percentage, won almost every draw and came up with defensive turnovers and saves. By the last five minutes Pepperdine was able to enjoy a comfortable 4 goal lead and finish the game 13-11. Again, Hicks does not believe last year would have seen the same outcome. "Our team has become a very smart team. Led by captains Alexis Padis and Alison Britain the girls really work together and make good decisions. I couldn't be happier about this past weekend."

Pepperdine travels to UC Santa Barbara next Saturday, April 12th, for a very important league game and then finishes its regular season at USC on April 16th. Hicks and Mittlemann are very confident going into these games.

"Our girls are executing and playing well. They just need to continue and we'll be successful."

Spring 2008 Season Underway

Pepperdine opened up its season with a trip up north to play Santa Clara University.  Though Pepperdine suffered a difficult lost 19-6 many victories could be seen for this new team.  First, we had many individuals who played on the "B" team last year step up and take on new their new defensive roles with absolute confidence.  Together with senior Alison Britain these individuals communicated, fought and played like veterans.  Secondly, Pepperdine continued to play hard and became a completely different team in the second half even when injuries and lack of subs became a serious problem.  Individuals like Alexis Padis and Courtney Schneck played both ends of the field and helped create the turn around in the second half. 

The following day Pepperdine traveled to Berkeley California to participate in their Playday.  Pepperdine had the great opportunity to see Santa Clara and Cal Poly, club teams from our region, and even play some division one teams.  Though again playing injured and exhausted Pepperdine worked on many weaknesses from the previous day and showed great improvement.

Overall, Pepperdine has got a lot of work ahead of themselves, but a wake up call in the beginning of the season will only serve as a motivator to work harder.  Our next game is against Cal Poly at home and then on Sunday Pepperdine will face its first league game at UCLA.

Women's Lacrosse 2007 Fallball Season Wraps Up

The Women’s Lacrosse team has wrapped up an exciting 2007 Fall Ball season.  Under the leadership of new head coaches Kate Soulier and Juliet Mittleman, the team was able to improve their skills as well as grow closer to each other.

The first scrimmage of the season was against the post-collegiate women’s lacrosse club, Tri-Check.  Although Pepperdine lost 9-7, the team and coaches were proud of the effort—it was the closest game between the two teams in the history of the program.  The Pepperdine women were excited to see how far they have come. 

In October, Pepperdine traveled to the US Lacrosse International Tournament in Wakiki, Hawaii. The team enjoyed the team beach workouts, tropical weather, warm water, and playing lacrosse in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The team also managed to place 3rd overall in the Women’s Division. Prior to this year, the team had not placed higher than fifth at the tournament.

Pepperdine Women’s Lacrosse ended the season on a high note at a play-day at UC Irvine on November 17th.  The ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams were combined to face off against UCLA ‘A’, USC ‘B’, and Arizona State.  The team went undefeated throughout the day against some of the best teams in the region.

It was a long day for the team—they got an early start, drove an hour and a half each way, and played with everything they had.  It was also a fun day of lacrosse games to wrap up a great season.  The team will miss the girls who are leaving to go overseas in the spring, but are excited for the return of the girls who were overseas in the fall.

Many things contribute to the enhanced performance of the team. The incoming freshmen are extremely talented and bring new dynamics to the group, and the new coaches are skilled, knowledgeable, and have a lot to contribute to the team. The close relationship between the coaches and players has increased morale and commitment to the team. 

The team is excited for the upcoming season.  The Pepperdine A team has moved up to Division I Central league in the WWLL and the B team is now a fulltime member of the DII South division. The women all feel that they have more potential than ever before, and the spirit on the team is at an all-time high. 

Waves Finish Out 2006-2007 Season Stong

Malibu, CA - Pepperdine Women’s Lacrosse enjoyed a successful 2006-2007 season as the team nearly doubled in size and gained three talented assistant coaches.  The three new coaches all came from NCAA lacrosse teams, with Sydney Greene from Loyola Maryland, Juliet Mittleman from Brown, and Kate Soulier from Duke.  The three, in addition to head coach Paul Ramsey, led the team to its most successful season yet.  Due to the increased number of players, the program was able to split into an A team and a B team. 

The A team was ranked nationally for the first time in the history of the program, breaking into the Top 25 at #21 and rising to #19.  As the season came to a close, the girls won their final league game against USCB “B” and made it to the championships the following weekend in San Diego.  They beat UCSB “B” again in the semi-finals, but went on to lose to Cal Poly SLO “B” by one point.  Despite the disappointment of the close finish, the Pepperdine “A” team is proud of their second-place standing in the North Division II league.

The B team was made up mostly of strong, skilled athletes who had never played lacrosse before.  They had to pick up brand new skills and master them while working on the basics of fitness.  At the start of the season, they made up for what they lacked in lacrosse knowledge and skill in athleticism and spirit.  As the season progressed, they learned quickly and were able to bring improved lacrosse skills to the game.  Their immense improvement truly became apparent as they finished off the season in third place in the South Division II league.

Both teams are now excited for the start of Fall Ball this coming semester.  The players are confident and looking forward to even more improvement for the program.

19th Ranked Pepperdine Finishes 2-2 Against National Field

Malibu, CA – The 19th ranked Pepperdine women’s lacrosse team won the games they were supposed to win and came close in games against higher ranked opponents in tournament play at Pepperdine this past weekend. The 3rd annual Four Points by Sheraton LAX Tournament featured 8 ranked teams out of the eleven participants from all over the country. 

Pepperdine (6-5) started the tournament matched up with Northeastern of Boston.  The Huskies were a WDIA National Championship Tournament team in 2006 and are favored to win the ECWLA this season to get an automatic bid again in 2007.  Pepperdine built an early lead, never trailed and cleared the bench on their way to an 11-8 win.  Nine different Pepperdine players scored points in that contest with junior Kalynn Karnicky and sophomore Annie McKinley contributing 3 points each on 1 goal & 2 assists and 2 goals & 1 assist, respectively.  Next the 19th ranked Waves faced 22nd ranked Oregon, a team they had never beaten.  Pepperdine sprinted out to a 5-0 lead before Oregon (7-4) responded and showed why they’re ranked.  The final was a hard fought 13-12 win for the Waves.  Freshman Sascha Reed led all scorers in that contest with 2 goals & 3 assists.

Day two brought the much anticipated game with 11th ranked Pittsburgh. It was a chance for Pepperdine to get their first win over a Top 15 opponent in the young history of their program. The Waves came close too.  Leading 9-8 with three minutes to go it looked like Pepperdine was going to do it.  A charge call gave the Panthers (4-2) the ball and they took full advantage with a quick goal, a draw control and another goal before running out the clock to win the game.

“We played our best game of the season against one of the best teams we’ll play this year,” said third year coach Paul Ramsey.  “We’re making tremendous progress and a sign of that is all of our losses are to ranked teams,” Ramsey continued. “We’re beating the teams we’re supposed to beat and that’s a sign of a good team.” 

Freshman Alyssa Torjesen and McKinley tied for team high scoring honors against Pittsburgh with Torjesen contributing 2 goals & 1 assist while McKinley scored 3 goals gutting it out on a sprained right ankle.

16th ranked Michigan State was the final game of the tournament for Pepperdine.  Out of steam for the contest and running on empty Pepperdine made a go of it but couldn’t ever close the gap more than the 5-3 halftime score in favor of the Spartans (6-7).  Freshman Lindsey Macfee scored two goals for Pepperdine but only three other Waves tallied single goals and it wasn’t enough to offset the balanced Michigan State attack of 7 players scoring. The final was 9-5 in favor of Michigan State.

Pepperdine next hosts WCC rival University of San Diego in a 1pm game on Sunday, March 25th, at Alumni Park.

Pepperdine Game Scores

  • Pepperdine 11, Northeastern 8
  • Pepperdine 13, #22 Oregon 12
  • #11 Pittsburgh 10, Pepperdine 9
  • #16 Michigan State 9, Pepperdine 5

Pepperdine Players on the All-Tournament Teams

First Team

  • Annie McKinley (Sophomore Attacker)

Second Team

  • Lindsey Macfee (Freshman Midfielder)
  • Sascha Reed (Freshman Midfielder)

Pepperdine Breaks into National Rankings

Malibu, CA (2/21/07) - The Pepperdine women's lacrosse program is ranked 21st in the national Top 25 Coaches Poll for US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) released on February 21st. 
It is the first time in the history of the young program that Pepperdine has been ranked on a national level.  The Waves, who are in their fifth season of competition, are 2-3 with losses having come at the hands of the #2, #4 and #16 teams in the country.  Those opponents were UCSB (6-0), Santa Clara (6-0) and USC (2-2).  Pepperdine played #4 Santa Clara to a 13-13 stalemate on February 10th before falling in the final minute.  The young Waves led #16 USC for the entire game on February 17th before the Trojans tied it at 16-16 with 15 seconds to go and won in overtime.  The Waves wins have come over LMU (0-4) and Texas (2-1). Pepperdine has also beaten #14 San Diego State (3-0) and #18 Arizona State (1-3) in scrimmages.
The RPI has Pepperdine rated 12th in the country.  It is a ratings index which is based on each team's record,  the record of their opponents and the record of their opponents' opponents.  Strength of schedule is a major contributing factor in a team's RPI.
The highest previous standing in the RPI for Pepperdine was 77th during the 2006 season.  The coaches poll is released weekly on Wednesdays until the end of the season.  The last poll will take place on April 23rd, shortly before selections are made for the USL WDIA National Championship Tournament being held May 8th - 12th in Denver, Colorado.  The RPI is more fluid and changes on a daily basis based on results of games all over the country.

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Six Recruits Commit to Pepperdine

Malibu, CA (6/1/06) - Five high school students and one transfer will join Pepperdine women's lacrosse in the fall. The young women started off as part of a much larger group of prospective student-athletes who contacted head coach Paul Ramsey in 2005, during their junior year.

"All of us at Pepperdine are pleased so much interest has been shown in our program by players from all over the country," says Ramsey.

Continued Ramsey, "These players passed on early answer opportunities elsewhere and stuck with us through the admission process because they truly want to be here. I'm excited they're going to be Waves."

The interest in the lacrosse program extends beyond the ranks of high school lacrosse players. A large group of novice walk-ons have already been in touch with Ramsey about joining the team. Requests for informaton about try-outs have come in from more than two dozen newly accepted students. Thirteen of the walk-on candidates have shown sincere interest by signing up for a summer camp to get a head start on learning how to play. The club hopes to have 'A' and 'B' teams for 2006-07. Twenty-three players from the 2006 squad have eligibility to return to the team so having two competitive squads will be necessary to create enough playing time for everyone.

Notably missing from the class is a recruited goal keeper but Ramsey is confident in the ability of returning goal keeper Audrey Donaldson (Austin, TX). His comment, "We will keep our eyes open for a possible spring semester admit but Audrey did a great job for us as a freshman. Someone in the walk-on group will need to step up and learn to play goalie so we have one for the 'B' team but that usually sorts itself out during Fall Ball."

Pepperdine, vastly improved from the 2005 season to the 2006 season, will be taller, faster and more skilled in 2007 with the addition of this class. Here are some details about the recruits and the transfers.

Class of 2010
Lindsey Macfee (6'0" Midfielder from Lafayette, CA)
A righty who was a co-captain for her team and was selected as a US Lacrosse All-American at Acalanes High School. Macfee, who played for the Pacific select team at the 2005 US Lacrosse National Tournament as a junior, was also picked as her team's Most Valuable Offensive Player and made First Team All-League as a senior. Picked up lacrosse late as a high school sophomore. Quite possibly overlooked by some NCAA programs in her backyard, Macfee has a 6:11 mile to her credit. Four year starter at point guard for her high school basketball team. Led her lacrosse team in scoring with 55 points on 44 goals and 11 assists, shooting 58.7% while playing at both ends of the field. Should dominate in the midfield but Ramsey wants her to be a playmaker as well as a scorer. Macfee chose Pepperdine over the University of Oregon. Coach Ramsey says, "Lindsey can really cover ground when running through the midfield. Obviously she will be a target for us as a cutter on offense but her vision when she has the ball is tremendous and she's solid on defense too." Lindsey Macfee on why she chose Pepperdine, "I chose Pepperdine for the strength of it's academic program, the obvious asthetic appeal and the fact that the lacrosse field overlooks the ocean."

Julie Phillips (5'10" Midfielder from Laguna Niguel, CA)
A righty who is a three year starter and co-captain as a senior for Tesoro High School and a member of that program's inaugural team in 2004. Phillips is another tall recruit for Pepperdine who plays equally well at both ends of the field. She has a best 100 yard dash time of 12.4 seconds and a 6:56 mile. Phillips chose Pepperdine over Baylor, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara. Coach Ramsey says, "Julie approached me at the Rose Bowl Tournament her junior year and said right up front she wanted to come to Pepperdine. It was after play was done for the weekend but here was this tall girl eye to eye with me saying Pepperdine was her #1 choice. Of course, I kept in touch with her." Julie Phillips on why she chose Pepperdine, "I chose Pepperdine because of the balance between great athletics and outstanding academics. It is a place I know I will be pushed spiritually, mentally, and physically. A place where I can make lasting friendships and connections for occupations in the future."

Sascha Reed (5'6" Midfielder from Reston, VA)
A righty who was a four year starter for South Lakes High School in Northern Virginia and co-captain of her team as a junior and senior. Tallied 119 points on 92 goals and 27 assists over her career and was the team's leading scorer for the last three years. Earned Honorable Mention All-District honors as a freshman. Moved up to First Team All-District honors and Northern Virginia All-Region honors her sophomore, junior and senior years. Also played for SuperNOVA Lacrosse Club to improve herself in the off-season. Recipient of ten varsity letters in Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Swimming. When Reed's high school coach wrote to recommend her during her junior year he reported a 40 yard dash time of 5.0 seconds, a 100 yard dash of 11.8 and a 6:18 mile. Reed chose Pepperdine over Dickinson, James Madison, Lafayette, Wagner and William & Mary. Coach Ramsey says, "Sascha can run the field and has a great shot. She's going to improve our team speed and affect our opponents' game plans. More than that her love for the game and her work ethic are going to help put us over the top in those areas as well." Sascha Reed on why she chose Pepperdine, "I chose Pepperdine because everything about the school itself attracted me. I love lacrosse more than anything else and am excited to be a part of it's building stage and want to start turning heads."

Alyssa Torjesen (5'7" Attacker from Manchester, MA)
A righty who was the leading scorer for Lexington Christian Academy, a team which finished the season 11-2 and ranked 20th among New England prep schools. Torjesen, a team co-captain, led her team with 62 goals and 26 assists this season and her four year scoring contribution was 238 points on 184 goals and 54 assists for a program that was 41-12-2 in four seasons. Selected to the 2004 Eastern Independent League Honorable Mention Team as a sophmore and the First Team both her junior and senior seasons. Team awards include the 2004 and 2005 Superior Dedication Award, 2006 co-MVP and 2006 Girls' Coaches Award. Torjesen chose Pepperdine over Boston College, Claremont, Cal Poly SLO and Westmont. Coach Ramsey says, "Alyssa has a 'nose for the goal' as the saying goes and the quickness and athletic ability to get in close for high percentage shots. We return our entire attack but it will be hard to keep her off the field." Alyssa Torjesen on why she chose Pepperdine, "I chose Pepperdine because of the great atmosphere and the quality of the people at the school. I am really excited to be part of the growing lacrosse team and I can't wait to see the accomplishments the team will achieve!"

Katie West (5'5" Defender, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI)
A team co-captain and three year starter on defense for the four-time state  Division One champions, Grosse Pointe South High School. West, who chose Pepperdine over Miami of Ohio, Marquette and LMU, uses quick footwork and positioning to limit her attacker's options when marking on-ball. West will bring the experience of winning four straight championships to Pepperdine. Coach Ramsey says, "Katie's ability to tie up her attacker is going to help us on defense. She also sees the ball well while covering her player and is ready to slide to help out consistently. Her stick skills will make her a valuable option when we clear." Katie West on why she chose Pepperdine, "I chose Pepperdine because the mission of the University is exactly what I was looking for in a school and I feel it will be the perfect place to learn and grow over the next four years."

Class of 2008
Sarah Strange (5'6" Defender from Boise, ID)
A transfer from University of Idaho where she started the team and was a co-captain and a player-coach for the last two years. Strange, who will enter Pepperdine as a junior academically, will have three years of eligibility. She prepped at Eagle High School where she was also part of the start up process for that program. She was the Idaho State Defensive MVP as a senior and played for the Idaho All-Stars at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Pepperdine was the only school Strange was considering for her transfer. Coach Ramsey says, "I met Sarah for the first time when she walked up to our table during Preview Day for Accepted Students. The words lacrosse and defender were part of the conversation so I perked right up and immediately started selling her on coming here. I haven't seen her play yet but defense is a position where we need help so I'm pleased she chose to transfer to Pepperdine." Sarah Strange on why she chose Pepperdine, "I transferred to Pepperdine for the beautiful location and the amazing opportunities I'm sure will come from my experience there."

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Waves Season Review

Malibu, CA (5/3/06) - Improvement was the theme this year for the Pepperdine women's lacrosse program. The short story is that the Waves finished the 2006 season 8-6 for their first winning record and qualified for the play-offs for the first time. However, it started with some trepidation based on unfamiliarity on the part of almost everyone. Fifteen new faces joined 5 returning starters and 4 reserves from a 5-13 campaign in 2005. Pepperdine had finished that season tied for last in the Second Division of the Western Women's Lacrosse League. All the new players could certainly improve the program but it remained to be seen whether so much new talent could mesh and perform well on the field. A successful Fall Ball was a harbinger of good things to come. The Waves were 5-1 in the fall and the non-traditional season ended with a consolation bracket championship and a 3-1 record at the Hawaii Lacrosse Tournament.

Spring came and Pepperdine played an extremely competitive pre-season that pitted them against a slate of Western Women's Lacrosse League Division One opponents at the SoCAL Play-Day and the Santa Barbara Shootout.

"We're in DII of the WWLL," relayed head coach Paul Ramsey, "but I didn't want to play any teams from that division in the pre-season."

The Waves played up against teams from the First Division and it was tough going for the young Pepperdine team. Everyone Pepperdine played seemed faster, more skilled and more organized. The Waves ended up 0-6-1 in half game scrimmages over the two weekends against six teams that eventually qualified for the post-season.

"Our entire team wondered if the regular season was going to be more of the same, "says Ramsey.  "I had to promise them that when we dropped down to playing teams in our division everything would slow down for them and they would be the ones running over their opponents."

Spirits rose considerably for Pepperdine when they opened the regular season against Occidental and won the game in a 21-9 run away victory. The result was a complete reversal of the 9-4 loss at the hands of the Tigers in the Waves 2005 opener. Later that week Pepperdine traveled to NCAA Division III Whittier and won 13-3.

The Waves registered wins over three opponents who finished with a winning record. Northeastern was one of those victims. The Huskies finished the regular season 10-5 and they won the North East Women's Lacrosse League to qualify for the U.S. Lacrosse WDIA National Championship Tournament. Pepperdine beat them 7-6 in the middle of the season on March 17th.

Pepperdine had a close loss to then ranked 22nd Oregon. The Ducks were in town for the Four Points by Sheraton LAX Tournament and barely escaped with an 11-9 win in their game against Pepperdine. The regular season culminated with a home game with Cal Poly SLO 'B' on April 15th. The Mustangs had handily dispatched Pepperdine in a 13-1 drubbing last year. The score was closer this year but still going to be a loss for Pepperdine with Cal Poly leading 9-6 with less than 7 minutes remaining in the game. A rally by the Waves resulted in a 10-9 upset win and the first play-off appearance in the history of the program. Pepperdine vaulted into the post-season and had a chance to win the Second Division of the WWLL and move up to the First Division.

In the WWLL DII Semi-Finals the Waves were in control of UCLA 'B' for the entire contest and won 15-10. It was another reversal from the previous year. The Bruins had beaten Pepperdine 17-10 in 2005. The win set up a rematch with UCSB 'B.' The Gauchos were the only DII team to hand the Waves a loss all season. Pepperdine fell 12-9 in overtime at the hands of Santa Barbara after leading for all but the last 7 seconds of the game on March 11th. In the WWLL DII Championship game the Gauchos stunned the Waves and outscored Pepperdine 17-4. The loss slightly overshadows the achievements from the season but it's a temporary setback according to Ramsey. 

"The improvement from last year to this year was tremendous," says Ramsey. "Yes, we would like to have won in the final and done the whole worst to first thing but it's more real world to have to pay your dues and work your way up."

Continued Ramsey, "It would have been very much a 'Cinderella' season to run the table in the championships. That would have been good for us short term but instead we know we've accomplished a lot yet still have some work to do."

Returning for the Waves next year are offensive players who accounted for 170 of the 171 goals Pepperdine scored in 2006. Also returning are all the defenders who allowed 157 goals. The Waves average margin of victory was 12.2 to 11.2 in their 8 wins and 6 losses. A possession offense could lower the team's goals allowed average but that's not Ramsey's objective.

"We had the goal this year to take 40 shots a game," says Ramsey. "We attained that once and hit the mid 30's several other times." Continues Ramsey, "We can fashion an offense that regularly takes 40 shots a game and that will eventually evolve into an offense that takes 40 good shots a game."

For Pepperdine to get an offense like that going it will take a free-wheeling mindset, a willingness to share the ball and use anyone who is open, a deep midfield and a defense that will step up and create some turnovers.  "Yes, we'll need all that and we'll have to be super fit," says Ramsey, "but the other option is to stand around and hold onto the ball as a way of playing defense."

"Who wants to do that?"

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Pepperdine Players Garner Individual Honors

San Luis Obispo, CA (4/26/06) - Western Women's Lacrosse League Assistant Commissioner Kim Lutz announced All-League selections today. Three Pepperdine players were selected to the team by a vote of coaches from opposing teams faced by the Waves throughout the season. Rachel McIntosh, Annie McKinley and Alexis Padis received the All-League honors.

Sophomore defender Rachel McIntosh of Acton, CA was selected for the All-League honor for her first time. McIntosh used her quickness and anticipation to knock down opponent's passes while also picking up loose balls to gain possession for the Waves. Her markup ability placed her foremost on the assignment to mark out an opponent's leading scorer when the Pepperdine coaching staff utilized that strategy.

Freshman Annie McKinley from Berkeley, California was the leading scorer for Pepperdine and in WWLL DII with 54 goals and 15 assists. The attacker from Acalanes High School was as noted for her efforts at re-defending on opponent's clears as she was for scoring. McKinley regularly chased the ball down from behind to get it back for her team.

Alexis Padis made the All-League team for the second season. The sophomore from Danville, California scored 42 goals and had 17 assists on her way to her second consecutive 50 point season as a Wave. Padis, who prepped at Carondolet High School, was the playmaker behind the cage for Pepperdine.

The three players are part of a Pepperdine team that had the first winning season in the three year history of the program and qualified for the play-offs for the first time.

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Waves Fall in WWLL DII Final

Eagle Rock, CA (4/23/06) - Pepperdine women's lacrosse had set themselves up for a chance at pulling off a Worst to First but fell to the UCSB 'B' team 17-4 in the championship game for Division II of the Western Women's Lacrosse League. The Gauchos, winners in 2004 and 3rd in 2005, came out charged up at the same time that Pepperdine came out flat. It took 30 minutes and 31 seconds of play before freshman Annie McKinley (Berkeley, CA) finally put Pepperdine on the scoreboard. By then the Gauchos had scored 11 goals and blanked Pepperdine for the entire first half. McKinley finished with 3 goals and junior Jenna Godfrey (Hanover, NH) also scored one but the Santa Barbara defense pretty much handcuffed the Pepperdine offense all day. It was a different game than the one Santa Barbara won in over-time during the regular season.

"We were outplayed and outcoached," said Pepperdine head coach Paul Ramsey. "Their zone defense truly caught us by surprise and we did not adjust well."  Ramsey continued, "At the same time that their defense stopped everything we tried their ball movement and feeding & cutting offense bewildered us."

Freshman goalie Jade Tibbals (Winchester, TN) put up a valiant effort while often left alone to face point blank shots from Santa Barbara attackers. Tibbals had 10 saves for 37%.

Pepperdine relied on a dodging offense all year and it bit them in the butt today. The Waves scored 171 goals in the regular season with 53 of the goals assisted so only 31% of their scoring came on team play. Good team offense in lacrosse will result in assist totals above 60%.

"Anyone who looked at our stats and saw how few assisted goals we had all year would have done well to zone up on us earlier in the season," said Ramsey. "However, our program is in it's third year of development. It's tough to fault our offense for a less than productive game when it is what got us this far."

"We have a lot we can work on and I'm looking forward to moving on from focusing mostly on indvidual skills to developing true team play next year," finished Ramsey.

The good news for Pepperdine is that players who scored 170 of those 171 goals return to the team next year and all but 4 of the assists return as well. Not to be overlooked are all the starting defenders who return too.  Every starter is back for next year.

Despite the disappointing loss in a final setting the Waves had an amazing turnaround from last season. In 2005 Pepperdine was tied for last in their division and far from being a play-off team. This season Pepperdine surged in the second half of the season to win 3 of their last 4 games and 5 of their last 8 games. A notable win came against Cal Poly SLO 'B' when Pepperdine came from being down 9-6 to win 10-9 and qualify for the play-offs for the first time in the history of the program. That result differed from the 13-1 loss to the Mustangs last season. In the WWLL Semi-Finals Pepperdine beat UCLA 'B' 15-10, also much different than the 17-10 loss to the Bruins in 2005.