UMass Finishes A-10 Season Perfect, Beats Temple
from press release
PHILADELPHIA - Jesse O'Donnell scored six goals and added two assists to lead the No. 9 UMass women's lacrosse team past Temple 13-7 on Sunday at Geasey Field. The win marked the second consecutive season that the Minutewomen posted a perfect Atlantic 10 regular-season with a 7-0 league record. UMass earned the No. 1 seed in next weekend's A-10 Championship Tournament and will face No. 4 seed George Washington at 3:30 PM in Richmond, Va.
UMass (16-1, 7-0 A-10) was paced by the career-day from O'Donnell whose six goals and eight points were both career-best marks. Lauren Terracciano posted four assists giving her a 12-point weekend after posting four goals and four assists on Friday. Sam Rush chipped in a pair of goals, while the Minutewomen also received tallies fromAli Houlis, Nina Sarcona, Ellie Bullitt, and Danielle Pelletier. Dayna Defliese led a strong defensive effort with three caused turnovers, four groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Katie Florence made the start in goal working the first half making two saves while allowing two goals. Rachel Vallarelli played in goal for the second half making a career-best nine saves while allowing five goals.
Temple (9-8, 3-4 A-10) was eliminated from the A-10 Tournament with the loss. Jackie Mercer led the Owls with two goals, while Stephanie Markunas had three assists. Tess Bishop took the loss in goal with four saves while allowing all 13 goals.The Minutewomen took a 9-2 lead into halftime thanks to a huge first half from O'Donnell. The senior scored four consecutive goals within a 10-minute span of the first half. Her free position shot with 13:10 left in the half gave the Minutewomen a 5-1 lead. O'Donnell then assisted on two of the next three straight UMass goals as Rush's second straight goal gave the Minutewomen an 8-1 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the half.
UMass scored the opening three goals of the second half taking a 12-2 lead when O'Donnell scored her fifth of the day thanks to Terracciano's fourth assist at the 23:53 mark.
Temple closed the game tallying four straight goals to give the final 13-7 score.
For the game, UMass outshot the Owls 25-to-24 thanks in part to a 17-to-5 edge in the first half. The Minutewomen won 15-of-22 draws in the game, however, Temple held a 22-to-15 advantage in groundballs.
UMass has now won nine consecutive games this season and 18 straight against A-10 foes. The Minutewomen will be going for their fourth straight Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament title beginning Friday at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va. Duquesne earned the No. 2 seed and will face host No. 3 seed Richmond on Friday at 1 PM. The Championship game will be played on Sunday, April 29 starting at 1 PM and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
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