April 5, 2014

No. 11 UMass Breezes Past La Salle

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Led by six goals from Sam Rush along with hat tricks from Tanner Guarino and Melissa Carelli, the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team opened its Atlantic 10 schedule with a 19-10 win over La Salle on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.

UMass improves to 10-1 on the season and 1-0 in Atlantic 10 play, while La Salle falls to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in league action.

The win was the 22nd consecutive regular-season conference win for the Minutewomen which ties Dartmouth for the fifth longest streak in NCAA history. Overall, UMass has now won 31 consecutive games against Atlantic 10 opponents - a streak which dates back to the 2010 season.

The six goals for Rush in the game moves her into fourth all-time for career goals at UMass with 148. She passed Jackie Lyons (2008-11) who had 143. Rush needs 13 more to pass Kathleen Typadis who had 160 from 2005-08 for third all-time.

A total of eight different Minutewomen tallied goals on the day. Guarino and Carelli each added assists with their three goals to finish with four points. Katie Ferris and Rory Sadoff both had two goals and an assist in the game. Erika Eipp, Hannah Murphy and Ellie Bullitt all scored a goal as well. Eipp led UMass with a team-high three assists as well.

In goal, Rachel Vallarelli made four saves in the start, while Leigh Henjes made four saves in the final 12 minutes of work. La Salle was led by Katelyn Fay who had four goals, while Toni Massetti tallied three. Caitlyn Brostrand had two goals and Alanna Diffendal added one more. Gabby Antonelli took the loss in cage with seven saves while allowing 16 goals in 52 minutes of action.

The Explorers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of play with goals from Brostrand and Fay.

After a UMass timeout, the Minutewomen responded with a pair of goals to tie the game 2-2 at the 23:53 mark.

Fay then scored her second of the game on a free position goal with 21:57 remaining, but a five goal run over the next four minutes gave the Minutewomen a 7-3 lead. Rush netted three of her five first half goals in that stretch.

The two teams traded goals until back-to-back tallies by Rush in the final 1:44 of the first half gave UMass an 11-5 lead at the break.

The second half saw La Salle again score the first two goals with Fay scoring both in just over a two minute span.

The Minutewomen answered with a four goal run to extend the lead to 15-7 with 12:25 to go. Once again face-guarded for much of the first half, Ferris was able to elude the defense in the second half scoring two of UMass' goals in the run and setting up a third.

La Salle scored three of the next four goals in a four minute stretch, but UMass closed the game with a three goal spree with two from Carelli sandwiched around Guarino's third of the game.

UMass outshot La Salle 32-to-21 and held a 26-to-13 advantage in groundballs. The Explorers, however, used an 18-to-13 edge in draw controls to help pace their offense.

The Minutewomen return to action on Sunday at McGuirk Stadium as UMass hosts Saint Joseph's. The opening draw control is set for Noon and admission is free to all.


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