Women's Lacrosse Downs St. Bonaventure, 17-13
April 30, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (6-9, 4-3) took down St. Bonaventure (8-5, 3-3) this afternoon at Garber Field, 17-13, on Senior Day. The Minutewomen guaranteed themselves a berth in the Atlantic 10 playoffs, with the seed remaining to be determined.
With an 8-6 halftime lead, the Minutewomen offense did not slow down, as senior Emma Butcher (Bucks, England) tallied her first career goal at 29:27. SBU answered just 30 seconds later, cutting the UMass lead to 9-7, Minutewomen. UMass then reeled off four straight goals to take a 13-7 lead, including three consecutive tallies by sophomore Lindsay Cassell (Weston, Mass.) and a score by freshman Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.). The Bonnies tallied the next two goals but were answered just as quickly by senior captain Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.), as she scored a pair of her own, giving UMass a 15-11 edge with 10:00 remaining in the contest. St. Bonaventure was able to muster three more goals but Massachusetts squad scored two more of its own, including Butcher's second career goal and one by senior Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.).
UMass quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with Drown netting the first two and sophomore Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) tallying the third. After two St. Bonaventure goals, Zelinger hit the back of the net two straight times, giving the Minutewomen a 5-2 lead at the 17:29 mark. Another Bonnies goal was then followed by a score by junior captain Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.), before St. Bonaventure went on a three-goal run of their own. With the score tied 6-6 with 11:14 left in the first half, Connerty and Drown both scored on free-position shots at 11:14 and 10:03, respectively. The first half would end that way, with the Minutewomen clutching to an 8-6 lead.
With the win, the Minutewomen have guaranteed themselves a spot in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, with the seed to be determined. The tournament will be held March 7-8 in Corning, N.Y., with the possibility of being moved to Duquesne if St. Bonaventure falls to LaSalle on Sunday.