Women's Lacrosse

Strong Start Leads #17 Women's Lax Past Sacred Heart 21-8

Sarah Mullen scored her first career goal on Saturday at Sacred Heart.

Sarah Mullen scored her first career goal on Saturday at Sacred Heart.

March 16, 2013

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The No. 17 UMass women's lacrosse team held Sacred Heart scoreless for the first 20 minutes of play en route to a 21-8 win on Saturday afternoon at Campus Field. The Minutewomen jumped out to a 9-0 lead and kept the Pioneers from scoring until the 9:34 mark of the first half. Cori Murray led UMass with four goals as 15 Minutewomen scored in the game.

UMass improves to 7-2 overall, while Sacred Heart falls to 0-5. The Minutewomen will head to Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM.

Along with Murray's four goals, UMass was led by Katie Ferris who had two goals and an assist, Lauren Terracciano who scored a pair of goals and Eileen McDonald who also notched two goals. Tanner Guarino and Maddie Ward each had a goal and two assists in the game.

Emily Pepe led Sacred Heart with four goals and an assist, while four other players added a goal. Kelly Keenan took the loss in goal making seven saves while allowing all 21 goals.

UMass led 12-3 at halftime after the nine-goal run to start the game. Sarah Mullen's first career goal in the second half sparked a five-goal run which gave the Minutewomen their largest lead of the game, 20-5. McDonald scored both her goals in that stretch, while Mary Pat Theofield capped the run with a goal at the 6:51 mark.

The Pioneers scored three straight goals down the stretch before Ward's goal with 25 seconds to go gave the final 21-8 score for UMass.

The Minutewomen held a 31-to-19 advantage in shots and forced the Pioneers into 19 turnovers while posting just 11 miscues in the game.



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