April 26, 2013

No. 13 UMass Eases Past George Washington

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - The top-seeded and 13th-ranked UMass women's lacrosse team advanced to Sunday's Atlantic 10 Championship game with its 13-5 win over the No. 4 seed George Washington, Friday afternoon from McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Minutewomen (16-2) were led by both Sam Rush and Melissa Carelli who picked up three goals a piece. UMass (16-2) will look to win its league-record fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday against second-seeded Duquesne.

Cori Murray led all scorers with two goals and three assists. Tanner Guarino added two goals and an assist, while Lauren Terracciano had a goal and two assists. Katie Ferris and Amy Tiernan each added goals. Jamie Schiloski made five saves in goal to improve to 6-0 on the season.

George Washington (9-8) was led by Rachel Mia with two goals and Jamie Bumgardner who had two assists. Jess Hicks made seven saves in goal.

The two teams traded goals in the opening minutes of the game, knotting the game at two apiece before Massachusetts extended their lead, 4-2 on goals from Lauren Terracciano and Melissa Carelli.

George Washington took advantage of early penalties, scoring twice on man-up opportunities, but trailed the reigning champions, 5-4 at the intermission. The second half belonged to UMass as they dominated the offensive end of the field, outscoring GW 8-1 after the break. Massachusetts held the Colonials scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the second period, taking an 11-4 lead.

Nicole Lacy scored the final goal for George Washington, her 40th of the seson, to make it 11-5, but UMass tacked on goals from Melissa Carelli and Tanner Guarino to clinch the victory.

Massachusetts will face the winner of the Duquesne/Temple semifinal game in the Championship Finale, broadcasted live on CBS Sports Network at 1pm on Sunday. The Minutewomen will chase history as they try for their fifth consecutive A-10 title.

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