Women's Lacrosse Downs Dukes, 12-11
April 4, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (2-6) ended their six-game losing streak this afternoon with a 12-11 victory over Duquesne University (7-3) at Garber Field. Junior captain Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) and sophomore Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) led the UMass scoring, while junior captain Kristin St. Hilaire (Syracuse, N.Y) anchored the Minutewomen's strong defensive effort.
With the score tied 11-11 with 5:41 left to play in the game, Connerty hit the back of the net, unassisted, for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Facing a 7-5 halftime deficit, the Minutewomen got off to a very strong second-half start, setting the tempo for the remainder of the game. Just 1:03 into the second frame, sophomore Lindsay Cassell (Weston, Mass.) shot one past the DU goalkeeper. After eight minutes without a score, freshman Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.) erased the Dukes' one-goal lead as she scored her second of the game on an assist from senior Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.). Zelinger then scored two straight goals of her own, giving the Minutewomen a 9-7 edge. Duquesne knotted the contest at nine goals apiece as Laura App and Kelly Mulford scored less than a minute apart. The two teams then traded a pair of goals before Connerty tallied the game-winner.
Junior Joey Rubin (Yorktown, N.Y.) made nine saves in the net for UMass, the biggest of which coming with under a minute to play to preserve the win. Her Duquesne counterpart, Sarah Pacini, made seven stops for the Dukes.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Friday, as they travel to Richmond for a 3:00 matchup with the Spiders.