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Lyons Nets OT Game-Winner Pushing UMass Past SJU, 14-13

Jackie Lyons celebrates her game-winning goal in sudden death overtime.


Jackie Lyons celebrates her game-winning goal in sudden death overtime.

April 16, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. - In a rematch of last season's Atlantic 10 Championship Game, it took an extra overtime period for the UMass women's lacrosse team to get past Saint Joseph's 14-13 in double overtime at McGuirk Stadium on Friday night. Jackie Lyons led all players with six goals, including the game winner. Last season, UMass defeated the Hawks 15-14 in overtime with Lyons scoring the game-winning goal posting five goals and three assists.

The win improves UMass to 8-7 overall and 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 keeping the Minutewomen in first place. Richmond also stands at 5-1 in league play, but lost earlier this season to UMass. La Salle moved up to third place at 4-2. The Minutewomen will host La Salle on Sunday at 1 PM in McGuirk Stadium to close out the A-10 regular season.

The top four teams will earn a spot in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament host next Friday and Sunday by Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

The Hawks (2-13, 0-6 A-10) played a gritty first half taking a 5-4 lead into intermission. UMass jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game, but Saint Joseph's scored four straight over a span of nearly seven minutes to take a 4-3 lead with 14:07 remaining in the first half. Each team traded goals with Grace Dinn (4 goals, 1 assist) putting the Hawks up 5-4 with 24 seconds left in the half.

UMass started the second half inspired scoring five straight to go up 9-5 after Riley Perry notched her fourth goal of the season with 22:23 remaining. Lyons had two of her six goals in that stretch.

 

 

The Minutewomen could not keep the Hawks at bay, however, as SJU cut the lead to one midway through the second half. UMass added two goals to go up by three, 12-9 with 9:39 left, but it did not last long.

A four-goal run for Saint Joseph's sparked by Jenna Martino (3 goals, 2 assists) and Jen Peters (3 goals, 1 assist) gave the Hawks a 13-12 lead with 5:37 remaining.

Following Peters goal to give the Hawks the lead, UMass inserted freshman goalie Christina Fey relieving starter Katie Florence (9 saves).

After earning a free position attempt with just over two minutes to go, Danielle Pelletier (2 goals, 3 assists) opted not to shoot instead feeding a cutting Nina Sarcona (2 goals, assist) outside the goal crease for the game-tying score.

On the ensuing draw control, the Hawks controlled possession managing a shot by Peters in the final 22 seconds of regulation, but Fey stood tall making the save. UMass took possession at the goal with 21 seconds, calling timeout, before clearing the ball a full 100-yards allowing Jesse O'Donnell to get a shot off but Kaitlin LaBarbera kept the game tied with a save to force OT.

Neither team scored in the first six minute overtime period as Fey mad a pair of saves. Sarcona managed a shot with 23 seconds left in the OT period, but LaBarbera saved it to force a sudden-victory second OT period.

UMass won the draw control to start the second overtime period with UMass patiently looking for a good shot. After almost 90 seconds, Lyons finally came into possession, evaded several defenders as she rolled around the crease before firing the game-winner with 1:02 left on the clock.

Fey earned her first collegiate win making four saves.

Statistically, the game was nearly even as both teams managed 26 shots, had 15 draw controls and turned the ball over 18 times.

Sunday's game against La Salle will give the Minutewomen a chance to win their second-straight A-10 Regular-Season Championship and a No. 1 seed in the A-10 Tournament. It would be the first time in school history that the Minutewomen had won back-to-back regular-season league titles.

Please note that the official box score will list three overtime periods. The first "two" overtime periods are actually three-minute halves of the first six minute overtime period. The "OT3" period is actually the second, sudden-victory overtime period which lasts three minutes in total length. Despite the box score listing three overtime periods, it is truly two overtime periods.

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    Event Calendar

    Saturday, Apr 19
    at Richmond 4:30 PM
    Friday, Apr 25
    vs St. Bonaventure 1:00 PM gametracker
    Sunday, Apr 27
    at Duquesne 12:00 PM gametracker
    Friday, May 2
    vs A-10 Semifinals TBA
    Sunday, May 4
    vs A-10 Championship TBA
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