February 16, 2011

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UMass Gives McMahon Her First Win in Dramatic Fashion

from press release

WORCESTER, Mass. - Angela McMahon earned her first win at UMass in dramatic fashion as the women's lacrosse team defeated Holy Cross 12-10 in overtime on Wednesday at Hart Field. Haley Smith and Danielle Pelletier each netted hat tricks for the Minutewomen. Jackie Lyons scored the game-winning goal with 2.7 seconds left in the first half of OT.

The Minutewomen will host Vermont on Saturday (1 PM) at McGuirk Stadium to begin the home schedule.

UMass (1-0) led 6-2 at halftime thanks in part to goalie Katie Florence who made nine of her 15 saves in the first.

Holy Cross (0-1) scored three of the first four goals to start the second half to pull within two, 7-5, with 25:40 left in regulation. The Crusaders continued to chip away and control possession in the second half scoring four straight goals to take a 10-9 lead at the 3:17 mark.
 
After the Crusaders won the ensuing draw control and worked to run out the clock, senior defender Nazy Kerr was able to force a turnover setting up Smith's game-tying goal with 55 seconds left.

The Minutewomen won the draw control to start the first half of overtime holding possession until Lyons scored with 2 seconds left before the teams switched sides of the field. UMass again won the draw control allowing them to run out the clock until Pelletier scored on the empty net to end the game.

Holy Cross held a large advantage in shots, 43-to-27, but were unable to gain possession in overtime. The Crusaders also held an 18-to-11 edge in groundballs and committed just 7 turnovers compared to 12 for UMass.


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