Minutewomen Fall To #9 Syracuse, 12-11
March 19, 2004
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ?- The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (1-4-0) fell at #9 Syracuse University this evening, 12-11. Syracuse scored the game-winning goal with just five seconds remaining in the contest, after overcoming an 11-9 deficit.
SU controlled the scoring early on, as they jumped out to a four-goal lead to begin the game, before senior attacker Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Maryland) tallied the first UMass goal, unassisted, with 6:57 remaining in the first half. Syracuse scored another to make it a 5-1 lead, but junior captain Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Md.) notched her first of the game at 3:15, to cut it back down to a three-goal lead. Syracuse scored once more just over a minute later, followed by consecutive goals by Zelinger and McGarrity, each scoring their second unassisted tallies of the game. SU scored once more in the first half to take a 7-4 lead into halftime.
The Minutewomen offense found their offensive spark to begin the second half, as they went on a 6-0 run spanning 19:28 to take a 10-7 lead. McGarrity, senior captain Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.) and Zelinger scored the first three goals, respectively. Zelinger assisted on Drown's goal, while the other two were unassisted. Drown then scored two more, one unassisted and one on a give from sophomore midfielder Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.). Connerty then got a goal of her own, as she hit the back of the net at 9:45, unassisted.
Syracuse was not finished however, as they got goals at 8:36 and 5:41, to cut the Minutewoman lead to one. McGarrity's fourth of the game extended the UMass lead back to two at the 4:54 mark before the Orangewomen went on a three-goal run to win the game. The game-tying goal was scored with 00:36 left, and the game-winner was tallied with just five seconds left to play.
Junior goalkeeper Joey Rubin (Yorktown, N.Y.) was between the pipes for the Minutewomen, making 11 saves in the game. Her counterpart from Syracuse, Jennifer Kasel, made nine saves.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Saturday, March 27, as they host New Hampshire at Garber Field. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.