La Salle 1980


GAA: 1.50 GPG: 3.04 MoV: 1.54

AIAW Champions

The 1980 Explorers had an up-and-down first half of the season, starting off 2-3 before a 2-1 upset of then-#2 Maryland evened their record at 3-3. Seven games later, the squad still sat with a 7-6 record. Five straight wins, culminating with a 4-2 win over cross-town rival Drexel closed out the regular season and the Explorers entered the Eastern Regional tournament as the top seed. After dispatching Pittsburgh, Lafayette, and Drexel to win the tournament, La Salle advanced to the national championships. Three more wins advanced the team to the finals to face top-ranked and reigning champion Southwest Missouri State, who had not allowed a goal all tournament long. La Salle jumped out to leads of 1-0 and 3-1 and held on to win their 12th consecutive game and win the AIAW national championship. Kathy McGahey was named an All-American at the conclusion of the season.

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