March 12, 2011

No. 18 UMass Explodes Past Stony Brook

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - A 14-goal first half and goals from nine different players led the No. 18 UMass women's lacrosse team to a 20-13 win over Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. The win kept the Minutewomen undefeated undefeated on the season at 6-0 which equals the best start since 1986.

UMass will return to action next Saturday in a top-20 showdown with No. 19 Albany. The game will once again be played at Garber Field with the opening draw set for 3 PM following the men's game.

Cori Murray and Katie Ferris each led UMass with four goals, while Haley Smith and Sam Rush added three each. UMass goalie Katie Florence made 11 saves for her sixth win of the season.

Saturday marked the first time since 2008 that UMass has scored 20 goals in a game (at La Salle, April 13).

Kaila Gottlick led Stony Brook (2-3) with four goals while Alyssa Cardillo, Melissa Cook, and Abby Ford each scored two. Jamie Carlson took the loss for the Seawolves allowing 14 first half goals while making five saves. Mickey Cahill took over in the second half making six saves while allowing just six goals.

Gottlick potted the first goal of the game before UMass rattled off seven straight taking a 7-1 lead with 13:29 left in the first half. Murray scored three of her four goals in the final 8 minutes of the first half as the Minutewomen cruised to a 14-4 lead at halftime.

Stony Brook scored three of the first four goals to start the second half and produced nine goals in the frame, but it was not enough as the Minutewomen's lead never dropped below six.

UMass outshot Stony Brook 40-to-27 and controlled the possession game winning 20 draw controls and 21 groundballs compared to 14 and 17 for the Seawolves, respectively.

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