Women's Lacrosse

Saint Joseph's Fights Back For 10-7 Win Over Women's Lacrosse

Junior Jackie Nesbitt led UMass with five groundballs and four turnovers.

Junior Jackie Nesbitt led UMass with five groundballs and four turnovers.

April 10, 2005

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AMHERST, Mass. - Despite rallying back from a half time deficit to take a two goal lead, the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team fell 10-7 to Saint Joseph's as the Hawks closed the game on a five goal run. Junior midfielder Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) led UMass with her third consecutive hat trick netting three goals, while SJU's Kerry O'Connell led all players with five goals scored.

Saint Joseph's (4-4, 1-1 A-10) scored at the 17:01 mark of the second half to end a four-goal run by UMass. O'Connell tallied three of her five goals in the closing streak as the Hawks held the Minutewomen scoreless for the final 20 minutes of the game.

Massachusetts (4-7, 1-1 A-10) trailed 5-3 at half time. Connerty scored twice in the opening frame including a free position goal with 22 seconds remaining in the half to pull UMass within two.

O'Connell opened the game on a free position shot of her own 3:47 into the contest.

The Minutewomen fought back in the second half with a four goal run to start the half. Freshman Katie Bottini (Wilton, Conn.) sparked the rally 74 seconds into the period with her second career goal.

Fellow freshmen Ashleigh Szawlowski (Leeds, Mass.) and Jeanette Villapiano (Oarhurst, N.J.) each tallied free position goals over the next two minutes to give UMass its first lead of the game.

Connerty closed out the run at the 9:53 mark of the second half before the SJU defense took control.

UMass out shot the Hawks 22-to-18, but SJU goalkeeper Courtney Huff made 11 saves. The Minutewomen were not able to capitalize on free position shots converting just 4-of-9.

The Minutewomen head to the road next weekend with Atlantic 10 contests at St. Bonaventure on Friday and at Duquesne on Sunday.



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