Women's Lacrosse Wins Season-Opener, 9-6
Feb. 28, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (1-0, 0-0 A-10) began their season with a 9-6 victory at Holy Cross this afternoon. The Minutewomen were led by senior attacker Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.) who tallied four goals in the contest.
Massachusetts jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, as Zelinger scored on a free position shot just 1:13 into the game. Holy Cross then scored two consecutive goals to make in a 2-1 UMass deficit. Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cassell (Weston, Mass.) then tied the game at two apiece at the 17:59 mark, with the assist going to freshman midfielder Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.). After surrendering one more goal, Massachusetts reeled off five straight tallies, to take an 7-3 lead at halftime. Cassell began the scoring streak with her second of the game at the 12:09 mark and was assisted by senior captain Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.). Zelinger then hit the back of the net three straight times, once unassisted, with two other assists going to Drown.
Just 13 seconds into the second half, Cassell recorded her third goal of the game, on another assist by Drown. Junior captain Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) then joined the scoring, as she notched an unassisted goal at 26:31. The Crusaders scored the next three goals, but could not overcome the five-goal deficit. Sophomore midfielder Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) put an exclamation point on the win, with an unassisted tally with 2:19 left to play.
Redshirt freshman Lauren McCarthy (Derry, N.H.) protected the cage for the Minutewomen, as she made nine saves and allowed just six goals.
The Minutewomen return to action on Wednesday, March 3, as they host Boston University in their home-opener at Garber Field. The match is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m.
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