Kerri Connerty's Six Goal Effort Pushes Women's Lacrosse Past Albany, 19-10
March 13, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) scored a career-high six goals and assisted on two other scores to lead the UMass women's lacrosse team to a 19-10 win over the Albany Great Danes. Freshmen Kathleen Typadis (Medfield, Mass.) and Ashleigh Szawlowski (Leeds, Mass.) each posted hat tricks as the Minutewomen even their season record at 2-2 heading into next weekend's showdown with No. 13 Syracuse.
The Great Danes (1-5) were led by Krissy Rajczak, Sarah Spillett, Kim Reny, and Kate Fontana who scored two goals each.
The Minutewomen jumped out to a quick 3-0 start as Szawlowski and Connerty each struck home within the first minute of play. Typadis added her first score of the game at the 5:37 into action converting a free position shot.
Reny weaved through the UMass defense to score the first of her two goals at the 7:21 mark of the game cutting the lead to 3-1.
UMass answered with a three-goal flurry from Connerty and Szawlowski. Szawlowski put home back-to-back goals just over minute apart to give the Minutewomen a 6-1 advantage half way throught the first period.
Rajczak and Fontana each scored to pull the Great Danes within three goals, 6-3, with five minutes to play in the half.
The team's traded goals from that point until Connerty notched her fourth goal of the half with just 40 seconds remaining in the period to put UMass up 9-5 at intermission.
Typadis and Fontana each traded free position shots to start the second half until the Minutewomen put the game away with four consecutive goals.
The Gread Danes fought back with a three-goal run of their own as Rajczak, Domenica LoRe, and Reny each tallied goals to cut the lead to 14-9.
Connerty ended that streak with her final goal of the day coming in the 48th minute of play. For her career, Connerty has now scored 10 goals and posted seven assists against the Danes. Last season it was her go-ahead goal that secured the 17-15 UMass win as they fought back from a second-half deficit.
Spillett converted a free position shot, but it was the last score for Albany as UMass closed the game with two goals from sophomore Shelley Boyle (Annapolis, Md.) and a strike from sophomore Samantha Sepulveda (Freeport, N.Y.) - her first of the season.
UMass held the decided 46-28 advantage in shots taken for the game. The teams were nearly even in turnovers - 13 for UMass, 10 for Albany - and the Minutewomen picked up three more groundballs that the Great Danes - 20-to-17.
Junior Lauren McCarthy (Derry, N.H.) improved to 2-2 on the season in the cage for UMass. She made 12 saves, collected two groundballs and forced one turnover.
Albany's Jen Daly made 18 saves, nine in each half, and falls to 1-5 on the season.
Defensively, UMass was led by Nesbitt who had four groundballs and caused two turnovers.
The Minutewomen will take two days off to enjoy spring break before returning to practice on Wednesday. UMass hosts No. 13 Syracuse next Saturday at Garber Field with a 12:00 p.m. start time.