Women's Lacrosse Tops Richmond 12-11 In OT
May 2, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Sophomore Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) scored a goal with :48 remaining in overtime to push the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (11-6)over Richmond (10-7), 12-11, in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philadelphia, Pa. The Minutewomen will face the host school and top-seeded Temple in the finals at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. This marks the first time UMass has advanced to the A-10 Championship game since 2000, when the Minutewomen captured the conference title with a 3-2 win over Temple in overtime.
After trailing 6-3 at the end of the first half, UMass forced a comeback late in the second half. Trailing 11-4 with 13:05 remaining in regulation, the Minutewomen constructed a seven goal run to tie the game and force an overtime session. Senior Jada Emery (Princeton, N.J.) started the run when she was able to find the back of the net at the 8:17 mark. McGarrity followed up Emery's goal when scored her second goal of the game with 6:32 remaining, cutting the deficit to 11-6.
The Minutewomen continued to pour on the offense when both junior Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.) and senior Kelli Kurtz (Schwenksville, Pa.) tallied back-to-back goals late in the second half. Zelinger scored a pair of goals at the 4:27 and 3:44 marks and Kurtz followed up with goals at 1:39 and 1:31, bringing UMass to within one goal, 11-10.
Emery tallied her fourth goal of the game with just :28 left in regulation to force the game into overtime. The game remained tied until McGarrity scored the game-winning goal with just :48 left on the clock.
Emery led all scorers with four goals, while McGarrity added three goals for UMass. Kurtz and Zelinger each tallied two goals apiece and freshman Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) scored a single goal on a free possession shot.
For Richmond, Polly Purcell and Kristin Berlacher each recorded three goals while Katie Dolan and Kristen Habicht both added a pair. Kristy Gallagher scored a single goal for the Spiders.
In goal, senior Cyndi Doyle (Bridgewater, Vt.) recorded 10 saves in the cage for UMass while Richmond's Jennifer McGibbon tallied eight saves.
The win over Richmond improves UMass' record to 11-6 on the season, marking the first time the Minutewomen have recorded more than 10 wins in a single season since the 1983 squad posted a 12-3-1 record under Head Coach Pam Hixon.
The Minutewomen will take on Temple at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the championship game. The winner of that game will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.