4-PEAT!!! Women's Lax Beats Richmond 14-9 For Atlantic 10 Title
April 29, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Cori Murray scored a game-best five goals and added an assist to lead the UMass women's lacrosse team to its fourth straight Atlantic 10 Championship title with a 14-9 win over Richmond on Sunday at Robins Stadium. Murray earned Most Outstanding Player honors for her career day. The Minutewomen will face MAAC Champion Canisius on Sunday, May 6 in the NCAA Play-In Game.
UMass improves to 18-1 overall marking the second-most wins in program history and won its fifth league title overall. The win marked the eighth consecutive over Richmond which finishes the season at 10-8 overall.
Along with Murray, the Minutewomen were led by Jesse O'Donnell who scored three goals including two in the second half. Lauren Terracciano posted a goal and two assists, while five others scored a goal. Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Katie Ferris scored a goal and added an assist to set the A-10 single-season point record with 95 on the year. Her goal also gave her a new UMass single-season goal record with her 57th of the year.
Richmond was led by Caitlin Fifield who had four goals and Mary Flowers who had two goals and three assists. Emily Doyle added a pair of goals to round out the Spiders' leaders.
Katie Florence picked up the win making three saves in goal, while Victoria Roebuck made eight saves in the loss.
The game started out as a defensive match-up with both teams looking to set the tone on offense early. Murray put the Minutewomen up 1-0 at the 23:35 mark on an unassisted drive. Tanner Guarino scored 20 seconds later on the ensuing possession giving UMass a 2-0 lead. After Emily Doyle scored for Richmond two minutes later, the Minutewomen scored three straight to go up 5-1.
UMass scored three of the final four goals of the first half including Murray's third of the day with 34 seconds to go before intermission giving the Minutewomen an 8-3 lead at the break.
Ali Houlis and Murray scored back-to-back goals to start the second half, but Richmond fought back scoring four of the next six to make it a 12-7 game with 8:29 remaining in regulation. Flowers and Fifield scored back-to-back goals separated by 36 seconds to make it 13-9 with 5:30 left forcing a UMass timeout.
Richmond won the draw control coming out of the timeout, but Florence made the save on a Flowers shot with just over five minutes to go. The Minutewomen forced a pair of Richmond turnover that allowed UMass to run off nearly four minutes before Danielle Pelletier scored the final goal of the game.
Another forced turnover after the draw control allowed the Minutewomen to regain possession to run out the final 53 seconds before storming the field to celebrate their fourth consecutive league title.
For the game UMass outshot Richmond 27-to-16 and held a 17-to-11 advantage in groundballs. The Minutewomen committed a season-low seven turnovers while forcing the Spiders into 13 for the game.