April 19, 2013

Huge Start Helps UMass Clobber St. Bonaventure

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - An 11-goal run to start the first half allowed the No. 12 UMass women's lacrosse team to cruise past St. Bonaventure, 19-2, on Friday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. The win marks the Minutewomen's 26th consecutive win against Atlantic 10 opponents which is a new league record breaking the one set by Temple from 2001-03. UMass will host Duquesne on Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium for Senior Day and a chance to claim the A-10 Regular-Season Title if the Dukes win on Friday night.

The victory improves UMass to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the Atlantic 10, while St. Bonaventure falls 6-10 overall and 0-6 in conference play. Twelve Minutewomen contributed to the scoring while freshmen Nicole Troost led the team with three goals.

UMass dominated the scoring early with Courtney McGrath notching her eighth goal of the season 2:24 into the contest. Just over a minute later, UMass widened the gap to three, with goals from Lauren Terracciano and Sam Rush. Cori Murray, Ellie Bullitt, Eileen McDonald and Katie Boden also tallied two goals apiece to contribute to the victory.

St. Bonaventure finally got on the scoreboard with 2:51 remaining in the first half when Lauren Michaels found the back of the net with her sixth goal of the season. The Bonnies scored their second and final tally of the game with a goal from Jenna Schlagenhauf, just two minutes into the second half.

UMass controlled play for the remainder of the game, picking up seven more goals before the final buzzer. The Minutewomen played solid defense, totaling 29 groundballs led by Nicole Troost and Kate Farnham who both contributed five. Kelsey Sheridan also notched five draw controls in the match-up. Collectively, the Minutewomen forced 22 turnovers while only surrendering 12 to the Bonnies. They also dominated the game in shots with 32 to St. Bonaventure's 13.

Goalkeeper Jamie Schiloski picked up the win for the Minutewomen, making four saves on 23:56 minutes of play. Rachel Vallarelli and Meaghan Kollmeler also saw action in net throughout the contest.

The Minutewomen return to action for their final regular season game on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m. to take on conference rival Duquesne on senior day.

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