Connerty's Goal Lifts The Minutewomen To A-10 Tournament Berth
May 1, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Going into yesterday's (Sunday) battle with George Washington, the Massachusetts women's lacrosse team knew what it had to do to get into the Atlantic 10 Tournament: Win.
UMass senior captain Kerri Connerty certainly took that into consideration when she netted the game-winning goal with 5:31 remaining in regulation yesterday, sealing the deal on the final postseason berth in the conference. The goal not only gave the Minutewomen an 11-10 victory over the Colonials, but it also gave Connerty one more shot at obtaining an A-10 Championship.
"It feels great because it could have been the last game of my college career," Connerty said. "So putting in the game-winner was pretty cool."
Connerty ranks eighth all-time in UMass scoring history with 128 points in her collegiate career, so Minutewomen coach Carrie Bolduc is not the least bit surprised that she stepped up when the season, and her career, was on the line.
"Kerri has been through many situations like this before, and she got it done," Bolduc said. "It's awesome. I'm so proud of her, and happy for her. It's a great way to finish the season and take it on to the next level."
The Minutewomen will take the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament, thanks to Connerty's heroics yesterday afternoon.
Connerty led the Minutewomen in assists this season with 17 helpers. And because of her team-first attitude, she gives all the credit on the game-winning goal to her teammate.
"At the time, I wasn't sure it was going to be the game-winner," Connerty said. "It was an assist from Kristina Twichell. It was a risky pass, but I just felt it in my gut that it was going to go in. We were giving the eye contact back-and-forth, so we knew that we were going to do it. I'm glad that it worked out, and I'm psyched that it was a great pass, too"
"I just wanted the goal to go in," Connerty added. "It was a great pass, and I just wanted to make the shot to make it a great play. Getting up by one [goal] was obviously all that was on my mind. We hadn't been ahead the whole game, so I knew the first time we were ahead would obviously be a great moment, going into the last five or six minutes."
While it may be her last shot at winning a championship, Connerty has all the faith in the world that her team will be a force to be reckoned with in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
"I'm so excited that I have a chance to do it my senior year," Connerty said on making the playoffs. "I think that this team can absolutely win the A-10 Tournament this year. We are on such a high after two wins this weekend and our two wins in Philly. I feel like we can take that high and run with it. I fear for the teams that have to play us."