April 17, 2009

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UMass Rallies Past Duquesne in OT

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Duquesne's Katie Rekert scored the game-tying goal with three seconds left in the first overtime period and then hit the game-winner in the second overtime as the Dukes played spoiler to the UMass women's lacrosse team, 15-14, on Senior Day at McGuirk Stadium. The loss snapped UMass' five-game win streak moving the Minutewomen into a first-place tie with Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 standings. UMass will close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon at St. Bonaventure.

The Minutewomen fall to 8-7 overall and 5-1 in the Atlantic 10, while Duquesne improves to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the A-10. The win moves the Dukes into a tie for fourth-place with George Washington keeping their tournament hopes alive heading into the final regular-season game.

UMass' Danielle Pelletier (2 goals) and Jackie Lyons each scored in the final 20 seconds of the first half of the first overtime. After the teams switched ends of the field for the second 3-minute portion of the OT period, Duquesne's Cailin Colegrove (3 goals, 1 assist) scored with 1:29 remaining to make the score 14-13 UMass.

A defensive stand following the goal gave the Minutewomen the ball back, but the Dukes forced a turnover on UMass keeper Katie Florence (9 saves) who had left the cage in an attempt to recover a loose ball near mid-field. Rekert tossed a lob from near the 40-yard line which bounced in with three seconds remaining on the clock to tie the game at 14-14 forcing the second OT.

In the second sudden-victory overtime period, UMass won the opening draw and Merritt Cosgrove (3 goals) earned a free position shot with 2:32 on the clock. Her shot was saved by Duquesne keeper Caitlin Carducci (14 saves).

The Dukes cleared the ball into their zone setting up an Ashley Wood shot that was saved by Florence. Eight seconds later, Rekert scored the game-winning goal after the restart giving the final score, 15-14, with 1:04 left on the clock.

In the first half, Duquesne jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes of play. Meghan Frederick made the score 5-2 for the Dukes with her 30th goal of the season with 12:02 left in the period.

The Minutewomen responded with a five-goal run over the final 7:16 of the first half. Lyons scored two of her goals in that stretch and Pelletier gave UMass a 7-5 lead after a free position goal with 23 seconds remaining.

In the second half, Duquesne scored the first four goals of the period going up 9-7 with 17:02 remaining. UMass tied the game at 9-9 thanks to goals from Cosgrove and Meghan Reddy (3 goals, 1 assist).

The two teams traded goals until Liz Fey and Rekert scored back-to-back goals giving the Dukes a 12-10 edge with 5:35 to go.

Reddy scored a pair of her goals in the final 3:36 to tie the game at 12-12. UMass had four shots in the final 1:39 to find the game-winner. A free position shot by Stephanie Hopkins hit the bottom of the right post and a pair of free position shots by Lyons with three seconds and one second remaining were both saved by Carducci.

Lyons led all players with her seven points in the game and added five draw controls and two groundballs. Colegrove, Sarah Cates and Rekert led Duquesne with three goals each.

UMass outshot Duquesne 34-to-31 for the game, but the Dukes held a 5-to-3 edge in the overtime periods. UMass also held advantages in groundballs (17-to-15) and draw controls (20-to-12) in the loss. After shooting 5-for-6 on free position opportunities in the first half, UMass was held to just 1-for-8 in the remaining three periods of play.

Prior to the game UMass honored its senior class of Holly Drown, Reddy and Jackie Rosenzweig. The senior trio has led UMass to three Atlantic 10 Tournament appearances in their four year career including the 2008 A-10 Championship Game.


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