April 13, 2014

Massachusetts Scores Freely in Rout of George Mason

from Press Release

AMHERST, Mass. - A 17-goal first half paved the way for the No. 10 UMass women's lacrosse team as the Minutewomen cruised past George Mason 22-2 on Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium for Senior Day. UMass also set the Atlantic 10 record for all-time league wins for a school with its 75th as a member of the conference dating back to 1999 passing former member Temple which had 74.

The win improved UMass to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Atlantic 10, while the Patriots fall to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in their first A-10 campaign.

Seniors Sam Rush and Katie Ferris led the way for the Minutewomen with a combined 11 points. Rush led all scorers with five goals, while Ferris had three goals and three assists. The five goal effort moved Rush into a third-place tie for all-time goals at UMass with Kathleen Typadis (2005-08). She now needs 11 goals to move past Pam Moryl for second place behind Ferris (201 goals).

Senior defender Kelsey McGovern also broke the all-time career draw control record with five in the game giving her 194 for her career. She passed Nina Sarcona who held the record previously from 2009-12.

Fellow seniors Courtney McGrath (3 goals), Melissa Carelli (2 goals, 1 assist) andTanner Guarino (2 assists) also led the offensive attack. Senior Shannon Defliesedrew her first career start and finished with a career-best three groundballs and a caused turnover, while Kelsey Sheridan finished the game with four draw controls, two groundballs and a caused turnover.

Following the game, the eight seniors were honored with their families as one of the most successful classes in program history having won three Atlantic 10 Championships, made three NCAA Tournaments and posting a 67-9 overall record.Sophomore Erika Eipp finished the game with two goals and three assists, while seven other Minutewomen recorded at least one point.

George Mason's goals were scored by Jacquelyn Spalding and Melissa Lobaccaro. Caroline Brouse took the loss in goal, but did make 17 saves in the game.

UMass's defense, especially in transition, led to offense early and often. The Minutewomen outshot the Patriots 46-to-3 for the game thanks to forcing 27 turnovers and holding GMU to just 7-of-19 on clearing attempts. UMass also held a 22-to-5 advantage in groundballs.

Rush put UMass on the scoreboard just 36 seconds into play as the Minutewomen started the game with a 7-0 run over the first 12 minutes, 25 seconds. With just over 17 minutes left before halftime, Spalding scored for the Patriots.

UMass then closed the first half on a 10-goal run with three goals coming from Rush and two from Carelli. McGrath scored on a free position shot with 1.6 seconds left until the breaking making the halftime score 17-1.

The second half started with Ferris scoring 31 seconds into the frame.

With 5:57 to go, McGovern hauled in her five draw control of the game for the school record following Hannah Murphy's second score of the day.

The Minutewomen will head to Richmond next Saturday, April 19 for their only game of the week. The game will be a match-up between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Atlantic 10 standings.

Although Sunday was Senior Day for UMass, the Minutewomen will return home for one more game this season at McGuirk Stadium as St. Bonaventure visits on Friday, April 25.

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