UMass Records Record Fifth Straight A-10 Title
from press release
AMHERST, Mass. - Despite a slow start, the top-seeded and No. 13 ranked UMass women's lacrosse team bridged a nine-goal run over the first and second halves en route to its league-record fifth straight Atlantic 10 Championship title with a 14-7 win over Duquesne on Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen held the Dukes scoreless for just over 37 minutes during the run to transform a two-goal deficit into a seven-goal lead. Sam Rush was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after posting six goals and an assist.
With the championship title, UMass (17-2) earns the Atlantic 10's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The field of 26 will be announced on Sunday, May 5. This will mark the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five years that the Minutewomen have reached the NCAA Tournament.
The win extends UMass' unbeaten streak this season to 14 consecutive games along with its league-record 29 straight wins against Atlantic 10 teams. UMass has also won 26 consecutive games at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutewomen have now won league-record six Atlantic 10 Championships overall: 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Joining Rush on the All-Tournament Team were Cori Murray, Kelsey Sheridan, Melissa Carelli, and Jamie Schiloski.
Rush's six goal performance gave her 60 for the season breaking the UMass single-season record of 59 set by teammate Katie Ferris last season. She also eclipsed the 100-goal mark for her career and tied the record for goals in an Atlantic 10 Championship game.
Along with Rush, Murray, last year's Most Outstanding Player, added six points on four goals and two assists giving her a total of nine goals and three assists in the last two Atlantic 10 title games.
Senior Lauren Terracciano added two goals and two assists which included the final goal of the game off a feed from fellow senior co-captain Sarah Mullen.
Jamie Schiloski earned her sixth-straight win in goal making a career-high nine saves while allowing the nine goals. She improves to 7-0 on the season including the two tournament wins.
Duquesne (11-7) was led by Meredith Dunn who had two goals and an assist and Clare Hurley who had two goals. Kristen Gregory took the loss making seven saves in the game (6 in the first half).
Murray put UMass up 1-0 just five minutes into the game on a tic-tac-toe feed from Rush and Tanner Guarino in transition.
The Dukes gained the momentum back, however, scoring four of the next five goals to take a 4-2 lead at the 16:08 mark of the first half. That was the last time that Duquesne scored in the first half as UMass was able to end the period on a three game run to take a 5-4 lead into intermission.
Coming out of the break, it was all UMass with the Minutewomen tacking on another six-straight goals to go up 11-4 with 11:42 left in the game. Rush had four consecutive goals during the second-half run.
Morgan Matz and Dunn tallied back-to-back goals cutting the lead to 11-6, but two more goals from Murray and Rush put UMass back up by seven.
The Minutewomen finished the game with a 27-to-18 advantage in shots and won 13-of-23 draw controls.