Tournament Bound: Second Half Rally Gives UMass 11-10 Win At George Washington
April 30, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Kerri Connerty (pictured) scored with 5:31 remaining in regulation to give UMass an 11-10 win over George Washington and qualify the women's lacrosse team for the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. Connerty's game-winning goal capped an impressive 9-5 second half effort for UMass who will be the fourth seed in next weekend's tournament.
The win was the second-straight one-goal game for UMass in the last 44 hours as the Minutewomen defeated Duquesne on Friday 12-11 in a miraculous come-from-behind overtime win. The Minutewomen are now 7-10 overall and 4-3 in the Atlantic 10.
Connerty, who ranks eighth all-time in UMass scoring history with 128 points, gave the Minutewomen their one and only lead of the game. The Minutewomen were able to run out most of the remaining time. George Washington had on final shot with 2:31 remaining, but keeper Krissy Anderson (Baldwin, N.Y.) made her seventh save of the game to preserve the win.
The Colonials (6-11, 2-5 A-10) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead just four minutes and 35 seconds into the game. UMass tallied twice to pull within one, but George Washington scored twice more to close out the half taking a 5-2 lead into intermission.
George Washington came out strong to start the second half going up by four on Laura Hostetler's third goal of the game with 22:57 to play.
After that, however, it was all UMass. The Minutewomen took advantage of several key draw controls converting those possessions into consecutive goals from freshman Kaytlin McCormick (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Typadis to make the score 8-6 with just over 20 minutes to play.
McCormick, who finished with a game-high four goals, the scored twice followed by sophomore Jeannette Villapiano's (Ocean Township, N.J.) 20th goal of the season which tied the game at 9-9.
The two program's traded goals again before Connerty's strike proved the game-winner.
Along with McCormick's four goals, Typadis scored three goals giving her 77 for her career. Connerty finished the game with two goals and an assist, while sophomore Kristina Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y.) had a team-high two assists.
The Minutewomen will return to Washington next Friday as the No. 4 seed in the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.