Rush Hour: UMass Edges Albany in Overtime
from press release
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore attack Sam Rush hit the game-winning goal just before time expired in overtime to give the No. 17 UMass women's lacrosse team a 9-8 win over Albany on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen held for the last shot in the overtime period but could not get a clean look on cage. As time ran down under 5 seconds, Katie Ferris rolled the crease before having to toss a pass in front of the crease where Rush was able to one-time the game-winner just before the horn sounded to end the period.
The result marked the second straight year the two teams have needed overtime to settle the score and the third time in as many years the game was decided by two-or-fewer goals. Last season, Nina Sarcona hit the game-winning goal in overtime at Albany as UMass prevailed 12-11. In 2011, it was Albany who defeated UMass in regulation at Garber Field 10-8 with both teams undefeated and ranked in the top-20.
UMass improves to 5-2 overall with the win, while the Great Danes fall to 2-2 overall.
Rush finished the game with three goals, while Ferris added three more and had her assist on the game-winner. Cori Murray had three assists, while Lauren Terracciano and Katie Boden each finished with a goal and an assist each. Rachel Vallarelli earned the win making three saves in 66 minutes of work.
Maureen Keggins, Rachel Bowles and Rachael Burek each notched two goals to lead the Albany offense. Nicole Eamer had two assists on the day, while Keggins also added a helper for a team high three points. Goalie Anna Berman made eight saves in the loss.
The Great Danes held a 5-4 lead at halftime after closing the opening stanza on a three goal run.
At the start of the second half, Jess Antelmi scored to put Albany up 6-4 just over six minutes into the period.
UMass responded with a three goal run of its own sparked by Boden's assist to tie the game at 6-6 followed by her goal 15 seconds later giving the Minutewomen the lead with 20:41 to go.
Both teams traded goals over the next eight minutes with Bowles second of the day tying the game 8-8 with 12:41 left in regulation.
UMass had two chances to win in the final five minutes, but Berman made a spectacular save on a point-blank shot by Ferris and then Ferris' second attempt with 21 seconds to go went wide right. A turnover with three seconds left allowed Albany to run out the clock to force overtime.
In the first three-minute session of the overtime period, Ferris had three more shot attempts, but two were wide and the third was blocked.
Albany gained possession of the ball with time expiring and managed to clear the ball into its offensive zone, but could not set up a scoring opportunity before the teams had to switch sides and re-draw to start the second half of the overtime period.
After the Great Danes won the draw to start the second half of overtime, Tanner Guarino collected a fumbled Albany pass allowing UMass to call a timeout to set up its offense with 1:40 left in the game.
The Minutewomen outshot Albany 27-to-12 for the game, including 4-to-0 in overtime and forced 22 turnovers while committing just 13. Albany held the advantage in the draw circle winning 13-of-20 on the day.
UMass will return to action next Wednesday, March 13 against Vermont at McGuirk Stadium. The opening draw is set for 4 PM and admission is free to all.