April 27, 2012

Massachusetts Cruises to Atlantic-10 Championship Game

from press release

RICHMOND, Va. - Top-seeded Massachusetts (16-1) extended its win streak to 10 games as the Minutewomen tied the Atlantic-10 Tournament record, which was set in the day's first semifinal game, for goals scored in a single-game with a 17-8 victory over fourth-seeded George Washington (10-6) in the second semifinal of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Championship at V. Earl Dickinson Field. UMass ran out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back advancing to the A-10 finals for the fifth consecutive year and seventh time in school history.

Massachusetts will square-off against Richmond in Sunday's championship final at 1:00 p.m., a rematch of last year's finals which saw the Minutewomen defeat the Spiders 16-12. This will be the seventh time the two meet in the finals and the third consecutively. UMass is in search of its fifth league title while Richmond is after its fourth. The A-10 Championship game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

Nine UMass players scored a goal in Friday's semifinal victory as A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Katie Ferris was the answer early for Massachusetts contributing on four of the seven goals during the Minutewomen's 7-1 run to open the match. The sophomore attacker recorded four goals and two assists, while Nina Sarcona added two goals to help build the big first half lead. Sarcona and four other Minutewomen ended the game with four goals apiece.

George Washington was led by Megan Seidman who was the only player to register multiple goals for the Colonial on Friday as the senior attacker finished the game with two goals.

UMass wasted very little time in cracking the scoreboard as Sarcona found the back of the net just 1:16 into the game off an assist from Ferris. The lead grew to 4-0 by the ninth minute of play courtesy of a goal by Jesse O'Donnell, two by Ferris and another by Sarcona.

The Colonials finally broke through with their first goal of the game in the eleventh minute when Casey Disharoon found the back of the net.

"I think we did a really good job of being aggressive," stated Massachusetts head coach Angela McMahon on her team's dominant performance in Friday's second semifinal. "By being aggressive, we gave ourselves more time on our offensive end and more opportunities."

The three goals allowed by the Minutewomen is the fewest allowed in an A-10 semifinal game and Massachusetts' Ferris, who currently has 93 points this season, is one point away from tying the single-season record for points in Atlantic 10 history. a


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