April 14, 2013

Minutemen Rush to Victory over St. Joseph's

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - Sam Rush scored five goals and Lauren Terracciano tallied three to lead the No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team past Saint Joseph's 14-7 on Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field. Rush also added an assist for a game-high six points eclipsing the 100-point mark for her career. The win qualifies UMass for the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament which the Minutewomen will host on April 26-28 at McGuirk Stadium.

The win improves UMass to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks fall to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Minutewomen posted their 10th consecutive victory this season and 25th straight against A-10 opponents.

The six-point game gives Rush 104 points for her career on 89 goals and 15 assists. She is now the fourth active member of the program to have 100+ career points joining Katie Ferris (235), Terracciano (141) and Cori Murray(107).

Along with Rush and Terracciano, Murray, Ferris and Tanner Guarino had a goal and an assist each in the game.Jamie Schiloski earned the win in goal playing just over 46 minutes with four saves. Rachael Vallarelli andMeaghan Kollmeier each split time during the second half in cage with Kollmeier making a pair of saves.

Abby Ananian led SJU with two goals and seven draw controls, while Meghan mcDevitt had a goal and two assists. Genevieve Giblin made 13 saves in goal for the Hawks going the complete game.

The Minutewomen opened the game with five straight goals including a pair from both Terracciano and Rush. Rush scored her third of the stanza with 20 seconds left in the first half and UMass took an 8-2 lead into halftime.

Guarino, Melissa Carelli and Rush each scored in the first 11 minutes of the second half as UMass built its lead to 11-2.The Hawks scored five of the final eight goals in the last 17 minutes of play including a pair of man-up goals.

Katie Boden scored the final goal of the game for UMass with 22 seconds to go giving the final 14-7 score.

UMass held a 32-to-17 advantage in shots and forced the Hawks into 21 turnovers while committing just 11 miscues.

The Minutewomen will return to action next Friday, April 19 at St. Bonaventure before returning home to host Duquesne on Sunday, April 21 at McGuirk Stadium.

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