March 27, 2009

Nine Score as UMass Rolls in A-10 Opener

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - Thanks to hat tricks from Haley Smith and Holly Drown, the UMass women's lacrosse team opened its Atlantic 10 season with a 17-2 win at La Salle on Friday afternoon. The Minutewomen remain undefeated in the all-time series with the Explorers, 11-0, and allowed the fewest goals in a game since defeating Albany 20-1 in 2003. Nine different players scored, while goalies Katie Florence (9 saves, 1 GA) and Leslie Barber (1 GA) kept the Explorers at bay.

UMass (4-6, 1-0 A-10) will return to action on Sunday at Saint Joseph's with the opening draw slated for 1 PM in Philadelphia. La Salle falls to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in A-10 play.

The Minutewomen held a commanding 29-to-13 advantage in shots and a 15-to-5 edge in draw controls. Meghan Reddy had a career-high 12 draw controls in the game giving her 37 for the season - seven shy of tying the single-season record set by Drown in 2007 (44). It was the most draw controls for a player since Drown's 10 set at Vermont on Feb. 28, 2007.

La Salle's Jill Davis scored the opening goal of the game just 53 seconds after the opening whistle. That was all the scoring UMass allowed for the next 56 minutes, 15 seconds until Elizabeth Iacullo scored again for the Explorers with 2:52 remaining in the game.

The Minutewomen went on a 16-0 run following Davis' goal which included UMass' first four goals scored in a 93 second span in the opening three minutes of play.

Along with the three goals for Smith and Drown, Brittany Brigandi, Reddy, and Ali Houlis netted two goals each. Brigandi added a pair of assists for a career-high four points in the game.

Florence started the game allowing just the one goal in 54 minutes of work, while Barber played the final six minutes allowing one goal.

Mara Schnellenbach drew the start for La Salle allowing 13 goals while making two saves in 44 minutes of action. Megan Corliss relieved her for the final 16 minutes making five saves while allowing four goals.


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