First Half Run Sets Up 18-9 Women's Lax Win Over New Hampshire
Feb. 23, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. - A four-goal run to close the first half provided momentum in the second stanza as the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team defeated New Hampshire 18-9 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field. After leading 8-4 at halftime, the Minutewomen scored six of the first eight goals to start the second half en route to the win.
Nine different UMass (3-1) players scored goals led by Sam Rush who had four. Tewaaraton candidate Katie Ferris had a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Melissa Carelli and Cori Murray each had three goals, while goalie Rachel Vallarelli made six saves in just under 54 minutes of work.
New Hampshire (0-2) was led by Laura McHoul who scored three goals and Jenny Simpson who had two goals and one assist. Kathleen O'Keefe made five saves in the loss.
The first half was fairly even until the Minutewomen's late run to close the stanza. After UMass went up 4-1 at the 17:19 mark, New Hampshire scored three straight over the next 11 minutes to tie the game 4-4 on a Hannah Wohltmann free position goal.
Goals by Courtney McGrath, Murray and two from Ferris stretched UMass' lead to 8-4 over the final five minutes of the half.
The Wildcats scored first to start the second half thanks to McHoul's second goal of the game, but the Minutewomen scored six of the next seven to go up 14-6 with 19:14 to go.
After a Molly Gaffey goal ended UMass' second flurry of goals, the Minutewomen tacked on four more over a seven minute stretch extending the lead to 18-7 on a Tanner Guarino free position goal with 9:10 left.
New Hampshire scored the final two goals of the game to give the final 18-9 score.
The Minutewomen held a 30-to-22 advantage in shots and a 16-to-10 edge in draw controls. Both teams finished with 15 groundballs.
UMass will return to action on Wednesday for a 3 PM opening draw at Boston University.
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