March 30, 2013

UMass Downs LaSalle for 21st Straight Atlantic 10 Win

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - The No. 16 UMass women's lacrosse team allowed just three first half goals and closed the opening stanza with a seven-goal run en route to a 20-11 win at La Salle on Saturday afternoon. The win marked the 21st consecutive for the Minutewomen against Atlantic 10 foes dating back to the 2010 season. Lauren Terracciano netted five goals for UMass, while Cori Murray had three goals and three assists. Sam Rush also had a strong day for the Minutewomen with four goals and an assist.

The win for UMass (9-2, 1-0 A-10) snapped a seven-game win streak for La Salle which falls to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.

The Minutewomen were also led offensively by Katie Ferris who had three goals and Tanner Guarino's two goals and two assists. Rachel Vallarelli earned the win making two saves in 36:30 of action, while Jamie Schiloski and Meaghan Kollmeier finished the second half. Kelsey McGovern led the UMass defense with a career-high tying 11 draw controls to go with three caused turnovers and three groundballs.

The three points for Ferris moved into a tie for third all-time at UMass with Pam Moryl who notched 215 career points from 1982-85. With her six-point day, Cori Murray posted her 100th career point joining Terracciano and Ferris as the active Minutewomen to hit the century mark.

The Explorers were led by Caitlyn Brostrand's three goals and two goals and an assist from both Melanie Sarcinello and Alanna Diffendal. Maura Malone made seven saves while allowing 18 goals to take the loss. Savanna Smith made one save and allowed two goals in just under nine minutes of work.

For the game, UMass outshot La Salle 33-to-17 and forced the Explorers into 21 miscues while committing just 13.

Guarino put the Minutewomen on the scoreboard first with a goal 54 seconds into the start of the game. Murray followed that with a pair of goals giving the Minutewomen a 3-0 lead at the 23:28 mark of the first half.

La Salle scored its first goal of the game thanks to a free position shot by Brostrand 37 seconds later.

UMass sandwiched a pair of goals from Ferris and goals from Guarino and Rush around a La Salle goal to make it 7-2 with 11:17 until half time.

After an Explorer man-up goal at the 9:35 mark, the Minutewomen converted a turnover into Ferris' third goal of the half and won back-to-back draw controls that led to a pair of goals from Terracciano giving UMass a 12-3 lead.

Another caused turnover led to a Kelsey Sheridan free position goal with 3:32 until halftime putting the Minutewomen up 13-3.

Terracciano scored her fourth goal of the first half to close out a seven goal run for the Minutewomen as they won six of the final eight draw controls and caused three turnovers. La Salle had a chance to scored on a free position attempt with 12 seconds left in the half, but Brostrand's shot went wide.

In the second half, Sarcinello ended the scoreless streak for the Explorers just over four minutes into play, but a pair of Rush goals and another from Terracciano put the Minutewomen up 17-4 at the 21:03 mark.

Rush's fourth goal of the day at the 16:41 mark gave UMass an 18-6 lead. La Salle answered with two straight goals before Ellie Bullitt and Nicole Troost had back-to-back scores putting the Minutewomen back up 20-8 with 8:29 to go.

La Salle closed the game with three straight goals to give the final score.

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