Women's Lax Downs Duquesne 16-8 Claiming A-10 Top Seed
April 27, 2014
PITTSBURGH - With a 16-8 win at Duquesne on Sunday afternoon, the No. 11 UMass women's lacrosse team wrapped up the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship tournament. The win was not just significant in terms of seeding and the A-10 Regular-Season title, but also in the fact that the 2014 senior class completed a perfect sweep in league play each year of their career.
The Minutewomen (16-1 overall) posted a 7-0 record for the fourth straight year extending their A-10 regular-season win streak to 28 games - the fourth longest such streak in NCAA history. Overall, UMass has won 38 games against A-10 foes including tournament games.
The 2014 regular-season title marked the sixth in program history including the fourth straight and the fifth in the last sixth years. The Minutewomen have won an Atlantic 10 record five consecutive Championship titles entering next weekend's tournament hosted by Richmond.
In Sunday's match-up, UMass jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play.
After calling timeout, Duquesne (14-3, 5-2 A-10) responded by scoring two of the next three goals to pull within two, 4-2, at the 10:54 mark.
That proved the closest the game stood as the Minutewomen used a four-goal run over the next eight minutes to pull away. Erika Eipp's goal with three minutes left in the first half put UMass up 8-2.
Duquesne scored with six seconds left in the first half and added two more to start the second half cutting the deficit to 8-5, but pair of UMass goals from Melissa Carelli and Eipp ended the Dukes momentum.
The teams traded goals after that until Sam Rush scored back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart putting the Minutewomen up 14-7 with 5:16 to go.
Rush scored again with just over two minutes to play and Hannah Murphy notched a goal with seven seconds remaining giving the final 16-8 score.
Eipp and Rush finished the day with three goals as did Katie Ferris. Ferris added two assists for a game-high five points, while Eipp added an assist as well. Carelli and Tanner Guarino also had two goals to lead UMass. Rachel Vallarelli earned the win in goal making seven saves.
Duquesne was led by Haley Marafioti who had three goals and Amanda Kidder who had a goal and three assists. Jenna Bishop took the loss allowing eight goals, while making two saves. Kristen Gregory replaced her making five saves while also allowing eight goals.
The Minutewomen outshot the Dukes 29-to-18 and held a 16-10 advantage in draw controls.
The 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship will take place next Friday and Sunday in Richmond, Va. The official bracket will be announced later on Sunday.