Lindsay Cassell Gives Women's Lacrosse 12-11 Win Over La Salle
April 8, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Lindsay Cassell (Weston, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal as the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team defeated Atlantic 10 rival La Salle 12-11 on Friday at Garber Field. Freshman Kathleen Typadis (Medfield, Mass.) led all players with a career-high five goals to keep the Minutewomen a perfect 7-0 all-time versus the Explorers.
With under two minutes in regulation, Cassell scored the game-winning goal - her second score of the game - after controlling the draw control at midfield. UMass (4-6, 1-0 A-10) worked nearly two minutes off the clock before Cassell got free for the goal.
Typadis tallied her fifth goal of the game at the 26:29 mark of the second half on a free position shot to tie the game after Emily Bonczek had given the Explorers an 11-10 lead.
Bonczek and Tiffany Grossi each posted hat tricks to lead La Salle (6-6, 0-3 A-10). Bonczek, the league's leading scorer with 43 goals entering today's contest, was held to just three free position goals thanks in part to the defense of senior Kristin St. Hilaire (Syracuse, N.Y.). The 2004 Atlantic 10 Defender of the Year, St. Hilaire led a UMass defense which forced 13 Explorer turnovers and picked up 32 groundballs to just 19 for La Salle.
Part of that effort went to junior midfielder Jackie Nesbitt (Springfield, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Erica Shapiro (Holland, Pa.). Nesbitt collected a career-high eight groundballs to lead both teams, while Shapiro caused three turnovers and collected three groundballs. Shapiro's caused turnover with 54 seconds remaining allowed UMass to regain possession and run out the final seconds of regulation for the win.
UMass was led by Typadis' career-high five goals and a hat trick from junior Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.). With her efforts against No. 7 Dartmouth, Connerty has scored eight goals for the week. For Typadis, this was her first hat trick since March 13 in the win over Albany.
Typadis moved into second all-time for rookie scoring with 30 points after picking up five goals and an assist today. She just needs nine more points to break the freshman scoring record set by Joanna Dignazio in 1995. Her five hat tricks as a rookie ties the school record for freshmen in a season.
Freshman Katie Bottini (Wilton, Conn.) scored her first collegiate goal at the 24:21 mark of the second half which put UMass up 5-3. The Minutewomen took a 6-5 lead into halftime.
UMass scored first in the second half on a free position shot from Typadis just 74 seconds into the period. The teams traded goals until a three-score spurt from La Salle gave the Explorers their first lead, 10-9, since leading early in the game.
Both teams were nearly even in shots with La Salle holding a 27-23 edge. Ball control was the difference with UMass' 32-19 advantage in groundballs.
The Explorers were led by three goals from Bonczek and Grossi. Kristen Davis and Catie Borneman each added two, while Kate Henwood rounded out the La Salle scoring effort.
Junior Lauren McCarthy (Derry, N.H.) went the distance in the cage for UMass making nine saves. Brittany Friedrich started the game for La Salle working the first half making two saves and allowing six goals. Chantelle McCormick played the second half stopping seven shots but taking the loss as she also gave up six goals.
UMass will return to action on Sunday when the Minutewomen host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's at Garber Field. The game is set for a Noon start.