April 23, 2011

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UMass Completes Perfect Season in A-10

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - Jackie Lyons scored three goals and added three assists while Katie Ferris posted a pair of goals and three assists leading the No. 13 UMass women's lacrosse team to its first-ever undefeated Atlantic 10 season after an 18-4 win at Saint Joseph's on Saturday. The Minutewomen improved to 14-2 overall and 7-0 in the league heading into next weekend's A-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed.

14 different UMass players recorded at least one point in the win. Alongside Lyons and Ferris, Lauren Terracciano (2g, 1a), Haley Smith (2g), Ali Houlis (2g), Sam Rush (1g, 1a), and Kelsey McGovern (2a) each had multi-point games.

Katie Florence started the game in goal allowing just 1 goal while making 3 saves in 25 minutes of work. Nina Sarcona played the remaining 35 minutes making 3 saves while allowing 3 goals. Sarcona also scored a goal in the game while playing attack.

Grace Dinn led Saint Joseph's (5-11, 1-6 A-10) with a pair of goals. Alana Glanell had a goal and an assist for the Hawks. Kaitlin LaBarbera took the loss in goal surrendering all 18 goals while making four saves.

UMass outshot the Hawks 26-to-14 for the game and won 18-of-24 draw controls.

The Minutewomen started the game on a three-goal run before Glanell made it 3-1 with 22:30 left in the first half. That was as close as the Hawks could get with UMass scoring nine straight goals to make it 12-1 at halftime.

A goal from Houlis to start the second half made it 13-1 in favor of the Minutewomen, but the Hawks put together a pair of goals pulling within 10, 13-3, with 15:45 left in the game.
 
Houlis then scored again with 12:36 to go sparking a five-goal run that put the game out of reach.

Lyons' six points in the game gives her 211 for her career (133 goals, 78 assists) putting her just 4 points shy of 2nd all-time at UMass (215, Pam Moryl, 1982-85).

UMass will return to action next Friday in the Atlantic 10 Tournament hosted by Temple in Philadelphia. Brackets and gametimes will be announced later by the Atlantic 10 Conference.


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