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Stormin' To The Title
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 12/01/2012
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Back on Oct. 2, California Baptist University got a big wake-up call with a 3-0 loss at Point Loma.

As it turns out, the Lancers never went back to sleep.

Two months and 14 games later, CBU put on a clinic at the most opportune time, scoring two goals in the first four minutes and dominating for a full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Southern Nazarene Saturday to claim the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship.

It is the Lancers second straight national title and CBU's seventh NCCAA title in two years as an athletic program.

"That Point Loma loss was a humbling moment, but it helped us refocus," said CBU Head Coach Kristen St. Clair. "The girls rolled up their sleeves, went back to work and learned lessons. They finished the season the way they wanted to."

The Lancers conclude their season with a stellar 18-2-1 record, the identical record from a season ago when they set a school record for wins in winning their first NCCAA title. The 14-game winning streak to finish the season is also a school record and they become the first team to repeat as NCCAA National Champions since Indiana Wesleyan in 1999 and 2000.

The Crimson Storm ends their season at 13-8-1.

The tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player Kelly Jenks scored just 2:31 into the game, her third of the tournament, and just 56 seconds later Daelyn Paul made it 2-0 to give the Lancers all the scoring they needed in the first 3:27 of the game, taking the drama right out of it.

"Scoring twice set the tone," said St. Clair. "Playing three games in four days is not easy, but the players were determined. Scoring early makes it easier, so scoring twice was big. They did a great job finishing the shutout."

Jenks added to her tournament-leading goal total with a goal in the 67th minute, a beautiful one-time volley, for her fourth of the tournament and 16th of the year. Eva Solis had the assist.

She started the scoring before either team could get settled in when she carried the ball down the field and lofted a shot over SNU keeper Yoli Zamarripa in the third minutes. Then in the fourth minute, Paul got a pass at the top of the box from Lindsay Vesling and slid it past Zamariipa to double the margin.

While Jenks was providing the offensive punch, the Lancer defense and midfield were doing yeoman's work keeping the ball away from the Crimson Storm. So much so, that the Crimson Storm didn't even register a single shot until there were just 10 minutes left in the game.

The Lancers finished with 18 shots, 10 on goal.

Paul was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Chantel Cappuccilli was named the tournament's most outstanding defensive player. Vesling was also named to the all-tournament team.

"This is a humbling experience and we are blessed," said St. Clair. "I'm so proud of the players. It's really hard to describe. It's hard to win one, but so much harder to repeat. They played through adversity and came together and their execution, performance and chemistry were unparalleled. They have conducted themselves so well and I'm proud to be their coach."

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