Vanderbilt also went on to post an undefeated record in the newly formed American Lacrosse Conference. At 6-0, the Commodores won the league title by a two-game margin over Johns Hopkins, Penn State and Ohio State. Vanderbilt's 12-11 win over the Buckeyes, who also earned a bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament, clinched the conference title for the Commodores.
"From the first day of practice this year we set the goal to reach the NCAA's," said head coach Cathy Swezey. "I can't even put into words what it means to all of us to accomplish that goal. I am very proud of this team. Their character, determination and commitment have put them exactly where they should be."
"Every college athlete dreams of making the NCAA Tournament," added senior defender Megan Lewis. "For the three seniors on this team, this is something we've been working toward for the past four years. We did not want to leave without accomplishing this for the team. We have a great group of girls this year, and have worked very hard to earn this bid."