Szawlowski, Sepulveda Push Women's Lacrosse Past Longwood, 17-14
April 22, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Ashleigh Szawlowski (Leeds, Mass.) and sophomore Samantha Sepulveda (Freeport, N.Y.) each posted career-high scoring efforts as the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team held off the Longwood Lancers, 17-14, on Friday afternoon at Garber Field.
Szawlowski tallied a career-high four goals on four shots for UMass (5-9), while Sepulveda scored three goals. Szawlowski also collected a career-high four groundballs and Sepulveda controlled a career-high nine draws.
Freshman Kathleen Typadis scored two goals and added an assist to break the UMass freshman scoring record of 38 points in a rookie season. Her 39 points this season pushed her past Joanna Dignazio who tallied 38 points during the 1995 season. Typadis leads the team with 32 goals and has posted seven assists in her first season for the Maroon & White.
A season-high nine Minutewomen netted goals in the win which snapped a three-game losing streak. Longwood, which is in the second-year of its four-year reclassification process in the move up to the NCAA Division I level, had been a DII powerhouse making appearances in the NCAA Championships in 2002 and 2003.
The Lancers (10-3) were led by Cathleen Strain and Ali Shafer who both netted hat tricks on the day.
UMass scored first when Typadis found junior Jackie Nesbitt on the break just 24 seconds into the contest. Isa Cohen answered for the Lancers and the two teams traded goals on ensuing possessions.
The Minutewomen scored five consecutive goals over a six minute stretch midway through the first half to take a 7-2 lead. Szawlowski scored two of her goals in the period.
Strain scored an unassisted goal in the 18th minute to stop the run, but UMass hit the next four scores to go up 11-3.
Shafer and Kerry Ryan each scored to give the 11-5 halftime score.
Longwood's Jen Shipp opened the second half with a tally 45 seconds into the period, but Sepulveda and Szawlowski each scored two goals each to increase the lead to 15-6.
The Lancers controlled the final 15:16 of the game outscoring UMass 8-2 to give the final 17-14 score. Shafer and Joyce Haines each scored twice for Longwood in that run.
Both teams were even for the game with 30 shots each, but the Minutewomen controlled possession for much of the game with a 22-11 advantage in draw controls.
UMass will next host Atlantic 10 rival George Washington on Sunday at Noon in a key conference match-up with tournament implications. Attendance is free to all.