Women's Lacrosse Tops Saint Joseph's 8-6 in OT
April 27, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. -- Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) scored a goal with 1:56 left in overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team over Saint Joseph's 8-6 on Sunday at Richard F. Garber Field. The win lifts UMass to 10-6 overall and 6-1 in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks fall to 3-11 overall and 0-7 in A-10 play.
Saint Joseph's Kelly Butler got the Hawks on the board first with a goal at the 25:15 mark, but UMass rebounded to go on a 3-0 run. On the Minutewomen's Senior Day, senior Leslie Pollock (Watervliet, N.Y.) scored back-to-back goals to give Massachusetts a 2-1 edge at the 21:55 mark. Her classmate, senior Lydia Robinson (Summit, N.J.) found the back of the net off of an assist from senior Lori Kain (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) to push the lead to 3-1 with 21:17 remaining the first half.
The Hawks fought back to 3-2 when Kerry O'Connell scored at 17:18, but senior Jada Emery (Princeton, N.J.) scored UMass' fourth goal of the period to regain a two-goal, 4-2, lead. SJU answered Emery's score with goals at the 14:59 and 6:54 marks by Brett Dymarczyk and Butler, respectively, evening the game at 4-4.
UMass was able to take a 5-4 lead into the half when Emery recorded her second goal of the game with 6:26 left in the first period.
The two teams traded goals in the second half, with SJU making the first strike just under two minutes into the period. After a long scoring drought, Robinson gave the advantage back to UMass when she scored an unassisted goal at the 6:53 mark to put Massachusetts up 6-5. The Minutewomen were unable to run out the clock in the final minutes of the game, giving the ball back to Saint Joseph's. The Hawks took advantage of their last possession when O'Connell recorded the tying goal with just 1:23 left in regulation.
In overtime, which consisted of two, three-minute periods, both teams went scoreless through the first three minutes of the extra session. The Minutewomen were able to crack through the Hawks' defense in the second three-minute session when McGarrity scored the game-winning goal at the 1:56 mark, putting UMass up 7-6. Emery added her third goal of the game with just :07 left on the clock, giving Massachusetts the 8-6 win.
Emery led all scorers with three goals while Robinson and Pollock each added two goals and McGarrity recorded a single score. For the Hawks, O'Connell and Butler each tallied two goals while Dymarczyk and Megan Gresh each added one.
In goal, senior Cyndi Doyle (Bridgewater, Vt.) tallied eight saves for UMass and Courtney Huff recorded 11 saves for SJU.
Sunday's game was UMass' final regular-season game of the year. The Minutewomen will travel to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 2-3.