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Field Hockey Topples St. Joe's On Senior Day, 4-1

Kelly netted her team-leading 10th goal of the season on Sunday


Kelly netted her team-leading 10th goal of the season on Sunday

Oct. 24, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. - Thando Zono scored twice and Mika Black scored the first goal of her career all in a six-minute span in the first half and Katie Kelly scored on a penalty stroke in the second half to lead UMass field hockey (11-6, 5-0 A-10) a 3-1 victory over Saint Joseph's (7-11, 3-2 A-10) on a drizzly Senior Day on Sunday at Garber Field. With their seventh-straight win, the Minutewomen remain atop the Atlantic 10 standings at 5-0.

With the victory, first-place UMass clinched a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship to be held at Temple University Nov. 5-6.

Kelly, the two-year team captain, went out in style in her Garber Field finale, scoring on a penalty stroke with 2:38 left in the game to close the scoring at 4-1. It was her team-leading 10th of the season and gives her three-straight seasons with double-digit goals.

The Minutewomen broke open a scoreless game with a three-goal flurry in the middle portion of the first half before the Hawks got on the board with Nicole McCreight's team-leading 15th goal of the season off a penalty corner shot.

Zono started the scoring with 16:15 left in the half off a top-of-the-circle penalty corner shot off assists from Nikki Panciocco and Jaime Bourazeris.

Zono struck again with her fourth goal of the season with 12:01 left in the period off a penalty corner. That time Alexa Sikalis and Bourazeris were credited with assists.

Just under two minutes later, Black scored the first goal of her career by sweeping in a crossing pass from Nicole Cordero with 10 minutes on the clock, giving the Minutewomen a 3-0 lead.

The Hawks came out of the gates strong, earning five penalty corners in succession just over three minutes into the game. They had the first six corners of the game, but four Widdall saves kept the game scoreless.

Alesha Widdall made six saves to earn the victory in goal.

Prior to the game, a ceremony was held honoring seniors Bourazeris, Kelly, Makaela Potts, and Courtney Mayerick.

The Minutewomen travel to the Philadelphia area next weekend for the final two games of the regular season, playing at West Chester on Friday at 3 p.m. and at La Salle on Sunday at noon.

 

 

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