April 29, 2011

UMass Women Headed to A-10 Title Game

from press release

- Jackie Lyons scored a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists as the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team defeated Duquesne 16-8 on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals hosted by Temple. The top-seeded Minutewomen will face No. 2 seed Richmond in the A-10 Championship game on Sunday (1 PM). The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

UMass improves to 15-2 overall on the season, while Duquesne falls to 11-7.

This marks the fourth straight time UMass has made the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship Game (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). The Minutewomen will be going for their third straight Championship Title.

Lyons scored all seven of her points in the first half as UMass jumped out to an 11-4 lead at the half. Jesse O'Donnell and Nina Sarcona each tallied three goals, while nine different Minutewomen scored at least one point in the game.

Katie Florence made four saves in goal to earn her 15th win of the season.

Lyons' seven points in the game moved her into 2nd all-time at UMass with 218 for her career - just one shy of the program record set by Cari Nickerson in 1977-80.

Duquesne was led by Katie Rekart who tallied four goals and an assist to lead the Dukes. Amy Gladfelter, Cailin Colegrove, Caitlin Prince, and Haley Marafioti each scored a goal as well. Liz Walker made 14 saves in the game including eight in the second half.

UMass outshot Duquesne 36-to-16 for the game including a 21-to-7 advantage in the first half. The Minutewomen won the possession battle as well earning 17-of-28 draw controls and picked up 25 groundballs compared to 18 for Duquesne.

A fast start to the first half gave UMass momentum early as the Minutewomen jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes of play. After a Katie Rekart free position goal put the Dukes on the board with 21:38 left, UMass ripped off another three goals to go up 7-1 with 17:15 until halftime.

In the first half, Lyons either scored or assisted on seven of UMass' 11 goals.

The two teams traded goals throughout the second half with Walker coming up big for the Dukes in goal. Ali Houlis scored a pair of second half goals, while Lauren Terracciano capped the Minutewomen's scoring with 2:07 left in the game.

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