No. 10 Women's Lax Powers Past New Hampshire 12-6
March 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Sam Rush scored five goals and Erika Eipp had a goal and four assists as the No. 10 UMass women's lacrosse team doubled-up New Hampshire 12-6 on Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Rush's five goals moved her into fifth all-time at UMass with 128 for her career.
Rush moved past New Hampshire assistant coach and former UMass standout Jesse O'Donnell who had 126 career goals from 2009-12. She now needs 15 more to move into fourth all-time (Jackie Lyons, 143, 2008-11).
The win marked the 29th consecutive home win at McGuirk Stadium for UMass. That streak is the 3rd longest stretch in NCAA women's lacrosse history. It also marked the 60th win at UMass for head coach Angela McMahon.
Four of Rush's goals came in a big first half where the Minutewomen (6-0) took a 7-2 lead into halftime. UMass closed the half with a three-goal burst expanding what had been a two goal lead for the first 19 minutes of play.
Along with Eipp and Rush, Tanner Guarino and Rory Sadoff each tallied two goals. Melissa Carelli and Callie Santos finished the game with a goal each as well. Amy Tiernan led all players with five caused turnovers, while Hannah Murphy was strong in the midfield with three caused turnovers, three groundballs and two draw controls. Rachel Vallarelli picked up her sixth win of the year in goal with four saves and improved to 17-2 all-time.
New Hampshire (2-4) was led by Nicole Grote and Laura Puccia who each scored two goals. Laura McHoul added three assists, while Becca Graves had a goal and an assist. Taylor Hurwitz kept the game close throughout with her play in goal making 16 saves in the game.
UMass outshot the Wildcats 36-to-10 for the game and held a 13-to-6 advantage in draw controls. The Minutewomen also forced New Hampshire into 22 turnovers and held the visitors to just 8-for-20 on clearing attempts.
Rush gave UMass a quick 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals in the first 11 minutes of play. Following a goal by UNH's Rachel Nock, Guarino and Sadoff had consecutive goals separated by less that two minutes putting the Minutewomen up 4-1 at the 13:32 mark.
Puccia again made it a two goal game just over two minutes later, but the Minutewomen closed the final 4:15 with three unanswered goals taking a 7-2 lead at the break.
UMass extended its lead to six goals after scores from Sadoff and Rush. Rush's fifth goal of the game put the Minutewomen up 9-3 just over five minutes into the start of the second half.
After Eipp scored at the 12:45 mark, neither team scored again over the next 10 minutes. UNH had a pair of markers in the final minutes of play, but Santos and Carelli each scored in the final 18 seconds of the game to give the final score.
The Minutewomen will return to action next Friday, March 14 as Colorado visits McGuirk Stadium for the first time ever. The opening draw is set for 4:00 PM.