2010 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship
The 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship was the 29th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of Division I NCAA women's college lacrosse. The first two rounds of the tournament were played at the home fields of higher-seeded teams from May 15–22, and the semifinal and championship rounds were played at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland from May 28–30. All NCAA Division I women's lacrosse programs were eligible for this championship, and a total of 16 teams were invited to participate.
|2010 NCAA Division I Women's|
|Dates||May 15–30, 2010|
|Finals site||Johnny Unitas Stadium|
|Champions||Maryland (10th title)|
|Runner-up||Northwestern (6th title game)|
|MOP||Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland|
Maryland defeated Northwestern, 13–11, to win their tenth national championship, and first since 2001. Maryland's win ended Northweastern's streak of five consecutive national titles (2005–09). Nonetheless, this would subsequently become the sixth of the Wildcats' eight consecutive appearances in the championship game (2005–12).
The leading scorer for the tournament was Shannon Smith from Northwestern (20 goals). Caitlyn McFadden from Maryland was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
A total of 16 teams were invited to participate. 9 teams qualified automatically by winning their conference tournaments while the remaining 7 teams qualified at-large based on their regular season records.
1. Maryland (18-1)
|Boston U.||America East||Automatic||26||11-8|
|Notre Dame||Big East||At-large||12||11-6|
Johnny Unitas Stadium
Johnny Unitas Stadium
* Host institution
- Kari Ellen Johnson, Maryland
- Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland (Most outstanding player)
- Sarah Mollison, Maryland
- Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland
- Karissa Taylor, Maryland
- Corey Donohoe, North Carolina
- Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina
- Katrina Dowd, Northwestern
- Shannon Smith, Northwestern
- Danielle Spencer, Northwestern
- Liz Hogan, Syracuse
- Halley Quillinan, Syracuse
- "Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- "2010 Championship Tournament Statistics". NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- "2010 WLAX S Nitty Gritty (5-9)" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved November 17, 2017.