April 8, 2011

UMass Draws Up Win Over Duquesne

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 20 UMass women's lacrosse team won 17-of-21 draw controls en route to a 13-6 win over Duquesne on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Katie Ferris led all scorers with four goals and an assist, while Jackie Lyons notched three goals and assist. UMass will return to action on Sunday at St. Bonaventure with the game being played at Alfred University.

With the win, UMass improves to 10-2 on the season and 3-0 in Atlantic 10 play. Duquesne falls to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Along with Ferris and Lyons, Jesse O'Donnell and Haley Smith each scored a paired of goals. Sarcona led all players with 5 draw controls while scoring a goal as well.

The three goals for Lyons moved her into a tie with Sue Murphy (1987-90) for 3rd all-time at UMass with 125 for her career. She now needs six more points for 200 in her career to become one of just three players to hit that mark at UMass.

Katie Florence earned the win allowing the six goals while making four saves. It was the ninth game of the year where she and the UMass defense allowed 10-or-fewer goals.

For the Dukes, Katie Rekart led the way with three goals and an assist. Kelsey O'Donnell notched a pair of goals, while Meredith Dunn had a goal and an assist. Liz Walker took the loss in goal allowing all 13 goals while making nine saves.

UMass outshot Duquesne 38-to-17 including a 17-to-5 advantage in the second half.

The Minutewomen jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 15:12 of play thanks in part to winning the first five draw controls of the game. UMass went into halftime with a 6-2 lead while hold an 8-to-1 draw control advantage in the first half.
Rekart scored the first goal of the second half to make it a three goal game, 6-3, with 25:43 left, but UMass used another five goal run to effectively seal the game. O'Donnell began the scoring at the 23:25 mark with Ferris closing it out nearly eight minutes later for an 11-3 lead.

Rekart and O'Donnell scored a pair of back-to-back goals making it 12-6 with 7:23 remaining, but could come no closer.

Ferris closed out the scoring after a good look from Sam Rush with 1:39 left.

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