Defense Leads UMass To Victory Over La Salle, 2-0
Oct. 7, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass field hockey team turned in its second shutout victory of the weekend as the Minutewomen (7-6, 2-0 A-10) defeated La Salle (8-7, 1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Garber Field by a score of 2-0. Senior Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) earned her second straight victory in goal. The Minutewomen got goals from Jaime Bourazeris (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and Nicole Phelan (North Andover, Mass.). UMass is 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play for the first time since 2001. They defeated West Chester, 4-0, on Friday afternoon.
UMass dominated all phases of the game. The Minutewomen outshot the Explorers, 16-3 and shots on goal were 9-2. They also drew nine penalty corners in the game, to La Salle's one. Both UMass goals were scored off corner plays.
La Salle controlled play for the first five minutes of action, as they kept the ball in the UMass zone for most of the opening minutes. The Explorers had scoring opportunities early on, but Letourneau and Kristina DoRosario (Oakville, Ontario) each made saves for the Minutewomen. For DoRosario, it was the senior back's first defensive save of the season.
UMass quickly swung the momentum back in its favor, and kept it the rest of the way.
The Minutewomen broke the scoreless tie 14:17 into the game after being awarded a penalty corner. Erin Parker (South Deerfield, Mass.) inserted the ball to Kara Murphy (Dedham, Mass.) who slid the ball out to Bourazeris. The freshman back ripped a shot past La Salle goalkeeper Ellen Axelson for her third goal of the season, and second in as many games. Parker and Murphy each tallied their third assist of the season on the play.
UMass took the 1-0 advantage into the half.
The Minutewomen tacked on an insurance goal late in the game, again on a penalty corner. This time Phelan inserted to Murphy. Murphy slid the ball to Cher King (Christ Church, Barbados) on her left. Just as it looked like King was about to shoot, she found a wide open Phelan on the left post. The senior defender tipped in the pass for her first goal of the season. The assist was King's second of the year.
King led the Minutewomen with five shots, three of which were on goal. Bourazeris added four of her own, as seven different UMass players recorded shots.
The UMass defense, which has allowed the fewest shots in the A-10, continued that trend. The Explorers were able to take only three shots and Letourneau was forced to make only one save.
The Minutewomen hit the road next weekend, as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple and St. Joseph's. They open the weekend with the Owls on Friday at 3 p.m. and wrap up the trip with a noon contest with the Hawks on Sunday.
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