March 22, 2011

UMass Women Score Most Goals in 31 Years

from press release

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A 13-goal run between the first and second half paced the No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team to a 23-7 win at Marist on Tuesday afternoon - the second-most goals scored in a game in program history. Nina Sarcona led the way for UMass with four goals and an assist, while Katie Ferris and Jackie Lyons also turned in five-point efforts.

UMass (7-1) will host No. 2 Northwestern on Saturday (7 PM) at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in its non-conference finale. Admission is free to all.

Sarcona's four goals led all scorers on the day. Ferris posted three goals and two assists, while Lyons scored two goals and had three assists. Jesse O'Donnell also had a hat trick with three goals and an assist. Freshman Melissa Carelli netted the first goal of her career as a total of 14 players either scored a goal or had an assist.

Goalie Katie Florence earned the win making four saves - all in the first half.

Kelly Condon led Marist (3-5) with three goals.Ashley Casiano took the loss in goal allowing 17 goals while making nine saves in just over 42 minutes of work.

The game opened up in close fashion with each team trading goals with the game tied 4-4 with 17:58 left in the first half.

From that point, it was all UMass as the Minutewomen scored 13 straight goals before Marist could score again with 18:19 left in the second half.

The Minutewomen outshot the Red Foxes 44-to-13 and held advantages in draw controls (23-to-9) and in ground balls (25-to-13). Marist was able to control just one draw in the second half and get off four shots.

The 23 goals were the second most for a game in school history. UMass scored 24 goals at Williams on April 17, 1980.

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