Women's Lacrosse Falls To #13 Cornell, 14-8
May 10, 2003
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Cornell, 14-8, at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday in the ECAC Championship. The loss gives UMass an 11-8 record for the season while the win lifts the Big Red to 11-5 on the year.
UMass got out to an early lead in the contest, jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals by senior Leslie Pollock (Watervliet, N.Y.) and senior Lydia Robinson (Summit, N.J.) just over eight minutes into the game. Those would be the only goals UMass would record until mid-way through the second half as Cornell went on a 10-0 scoring run to take a 10-2 lead with 23:20 left on the clock. Sophomore Judy Kestner (Media, Pa.) ended the Minutewomen's scoring drought when she tallied a goal at the 17:17 mark. Senior Kelli Kurtz (Schwenksville, Pa.) followed up Kestner's goal with a score of her own, cutting the deficit to 10-4 with 15:33 remaining in the game.
Cornell's Sarah Averson pushed the Big Red's advantage to 11-4 when she scored her sixth goal of the game with 14:30 left in regulation. Sophomore Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) recorded a goal for UMass at the 13:20 mark before the Big Red added two more goals from Averson and Julia Hughey.
Trailing 13-5 with 11:37 left to play, the Minutewomen were able to rally in the closing minutes of the game. Senior Jada Emery (Princeton, N.J.) scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 13-7 before Cornell scored one final goal to go up 14-7. Sophomore Beth Rogers (Nashua, N.H.) recorded the last goal of the game for UMass, making the final score 14-8.
Emery led the Minutewomen with two goals while Pollock, McGarrity, Robinson, Kurtz, Rogers and Kestner each tallied a single score. For Cornell, Averson scored a game-high seven goals while Lindsay Steinberg recorded four goals and Hughey, Kristen Smith and Lisa Giugliano each added one goal.
In goal, Ashley Charron tallied five saves for the Big Red while senior Cyndi Doyle (Bridgewater, Vt.) recorded 13 saves for the Minutewomen.
Cornell's Averson was named the ECAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after recording seven goals to lead the Big Red.
This marks the third time Cornell has captured the ECAC title while UMass, which has now appeared in the ECAC postseason tournament four times, has never won the championship.