Women's Lacrosse Falls To Temple, 15-9
May 3, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.-- The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team fell to Temple, 15-9, in the finals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Geasey Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The loss gives UMass a second place finish in the final conference standings, dropping their record to 11-7. With the win, the Owls (13-5) captured their third straight A-10 Conference title and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Temple got on the board first in the contest when Deanna Radcliffe found the back of the net at the 27:51 mark. UMass answered the goal when senior Leslie Pollock (Watervliet, N.Y.) scored at 26:11 to even the game at 1-1. The two teams continued to fire goals past each other in the early minutes of the first half with senior Jada Emery (Princeton, N.J.) scoring two goals and Pollock recording her second goal of the game to push UMass ahead 4-3 at the 21:59 mark. Junior Hope Zelinger tallied the fifth Minutewoman goal with 17:45 to increase UMass' advantage to 5-3.
The Owls made a comeback before the end of the half, scoring five unanswered goals to go up 8-5 late in the first period. Sophomore Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) was able to end Temple's scoring run when she tallied a goal with just :45 left before intermission.
Temple came out strong in the second half, scoring five straight goals to increase its lead to 13-5. UMass was able to ignite its offense with 9:13 remaining when senior Lori Kain (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) was able to score. Senior Kelli Kurtz (Schwanksville, N.Y.) followed up Kain's goal at the 7:53 with a score of her own, and McGarrity tallied UMass' final goal of the game with 5:01 remaining in the half.
The Owls were able to tally two more goals before the end of the game, clinching the 15-9 victory.
Emery led UMass with two goals and two assists while McGarrity and Pollock each added a pair of goals for the Minutewomen. Zelinger, Kurtz and Kain each recorded one goal. Temple's Tiffany Pulaski and Patty Glavin both tallied a game-high four goals and Radcliffe, Jessica Yemm and Nicole Cataldo each recorded a pair of goals. Megan Condon added a single goal for the Owls. In goal, senior Cyndi Doyle (Bridgewater, Vt.) tallied a season-high 14 saves for UMass while Sheena Oommen recorded 15 saves for Temple.
Temple's Glavin was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, while her teammates Radcliffe, Yemm and Pulaski were named to the all-tournament team.
For the Minutewomen, Emery, McGarrity, Zelinger and Doyle were all selected to the all-tournament team. Rounding out the squad were Libby Berlacher and Polly Purcell of Richmond and St. Bonaventure's Sarah Dressler and Laura Spaulding.